What We Believe
-The Trinity: We believe... one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
-God- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
-Person of Christ: We believe... that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
-Holy Spirit: We believe... that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
2. THE BIBLE
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the Spirit-inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe... that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe... that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.
5. ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We believe... that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age.
BAPTISM: For those who believe in Christ for salvation and desire to walk as His disciple, baptism is an essential “first step”. It is a clear teaching of the Bible which outwardly expresses the inward reality of new life in Christ.
LORD'S SUPPER: Communion is a memorial of Christ and His redemptive death. For those who believe, it is also an expression of our fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ and with one another.
6. THE CHURCH
We believe... that the true Church is composed of all people who through saving faith in Christ have been regenerated by the Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head. Only those who have received Christ by faith are eligible for membership in the local church. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
7. THE FUTURE
We believe in the personal, bodily and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
8. CHRISTIAN LIVING
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.