A Summary of our Faith Statement
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons- Father, Son, Holy Spirit – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Cor. 13:14).
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2,14; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:21-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 4:25; Eph. 1:7; I Tim. 4:10; Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24; Phil. 2:5-8). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30).
We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12; Rom. 6:23).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19).
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6: 37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1: 4-8; I Peter 1:4-5).
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor.11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16: 1-4; I Cor. 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5: 1-4).
We believe in the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as Scriptural means of testimony for the church age and as means of obedience to the head of the Church, Jesus Christ. (Matt. 26:26-29; Matt. 28: 19-20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
The Rapture of the Church
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones (I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9).
We believe that after the rapture of the Church the earth will experience a time of great suffering and sorrow known as the Tribulation, the Seventieth week of Daniel, the Day of the Lord and the time of Jacob’s trouble. (Daniel 9:20-27; Joel 1:15; Matt. 24:9; II Thess. 2:2).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Ps. 89:3-4).
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject all theories of evolution, including the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).