Beliefs

The Bible:

We believe in the divinely inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts. The Scriptures are the final authority in all matters of faith and instruction for a God-honoring life.

 

The Triune God:

We believe that there is one living and true God, creator of all things, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

The Fall of Man:

We believe that man was created by God in his own image; that man sinned and by sin incurred physical and spiritual death; that all humans are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners by choice, and are therefore under just condemnation; that man is unable through his own effort to restore himself to right relationship with God.

 

Jesus Christ:

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man yet without sin.  We believe in his sinless life, his miracles, and his teaching. We believe Jesus Christ died in our place and for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, personally appearing to his disciples.  We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, his exaltation and enthronement at the Father’s right hand.

 

Salvation:

We believe that all who repent and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are made alive (born again) by the Holy Spirit, cleansed of their sins, delivered from condemnation, granted the righteousness of Christ and life abundant and unending; that these are gifts of grace provided for entirely by the merits of Christ’s death and resurrection, not by our individual effort.

 

Baptism:

We believe in baptism by immersion in water for the believer in order to fulfill the command of Christ, a mark of our union with him and his body.

 

The Holy Spirit:

We believe in the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, a tangible experience of God’s empowering presence. We believe that the Holy Spirit abides within all believers, setting them apart unto God, guiding, strengthening, and teaching them. We believe in the present availability of all the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures and manifested in the early church. We believe that the proper employment of these gifts is essential to the growth and maturity of the body of Christ, the Church.

 

The Church:

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who are born of the Spirit are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and joined together for worship, fellowship, and work. We believe that God has entrusted to the church the task of making the good news of Jesus known to the world and continuing the work Jesus began.

 

Communion or the Lord’s Supper:

We believe in the breaking of bread, commonly called communion or the Lord’s Supper, instituted by Jesus for the commemoration of his death, an expression of our participation in his death and eternal life, and of our union with his body, the Church.

 

Christian Discipleship/Maturity:

We believe in the Spirit-filled life and the ongoing work of the Spirit to transform the believer’s character; that a Christian should enjoy God; that they should live for the glory of God and the good of their fellow man; that they should seek to live a set-apart life before the world, that they should seek to be a faithful steward of their possessions; and that they should be in an ongoing journey of life transformation into the full stature of maturity in Christ.

 

The Last Things:

We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus to the earth to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, in eternal life for the believer, and eternal punishment of the unbeliever.