What we believe

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.  (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:5)

God the Father

We believe in God the Father - an infinite, personal spirit; perfect in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves all who come to Him through Jesus Christ from sin and death.  (Exodus 34:6-7; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 3:16-17)

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings.  We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.  (Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 9:24-28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, sent from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and sent to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is our helper, teacher and guide.  (John 14:15-21; 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13-14)

Salvation

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation.  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior are made new by the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Titus 3:4-8)

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.  We believe in the local church, which consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who are baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of extending the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12)

Christian Conduct

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others, that their conduct should be blameless before the world, that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.  (1 Peter 1:13-16; Philippians 1:8; John 13:1-17)

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God.  We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

Christian Freedom

We believe that each Christian is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.  We believe that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.  (Acts 15:1-35)

Christian Marriage

We believe that Christian marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God for the happiness of mankind and the propagation of the human race. It is the spiritual and physical union of one man and one woman; this is the only legitimate sexual relationship according to scripture (Genesis 2:24-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-33). Accordingly, this Church, its Pastors, staff and members affirm this biblical view of marriage as the only legitimate form of marriage; our Church and staff will not perform any same sex marriage or unions or ceremonies of any kind; and our Church facilities shall not be used for such purposes.

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by partnering together with each other.  Cooperation in partnerships is voluntary and may be ended at any time.  Churches may likewise choose to cooperate with other similar organizations and fellowships on a voluntary, independent basis.  (Acts 15:1-4)

End Times

We believe in the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ when he will establish His Kingdom on earth.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal well being of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.  (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12; Romans 14:9-12)