What We Believe
The Nature of God
We believe that God has revealed Himself to be the living and true God, perfect in love, and righteous in all His ways; existing eternally in the three persons of the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, one in essence, but separate in personality and work.
(Psalms 90:2; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Timothy 4:8)
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven with a glorified body to minister as our High Priest, Advocate, and Intercessor. He will come again to establish on this earth His kingdom of righteousness and peace.
(John 1:1; 1 Peter 1:24; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 20:1-6)
the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son in all His attributes. His ministry is to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement.
(John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19; John 16:13; ephesians 5:18; acts 1:8; Romans 5:5)
The Authority of the Scriptures
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 peter 1:21; 1 thessalonians 2:13)
justification and Salvation
We believe that God; by His word and for His glory, freely created the world out of nothing, and that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God; he fell through willful disobedience, injuring thereby, both physical and spiritual death. Because of Adam's disobedience all men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only by faith through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 3:1-24; ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:12)
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 that only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12-13; 1 John 5:10-13)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church We further believe that the true Church is composed of such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel both locally and world-wide, and the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These ordinances are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
(Ephesians 1:20-23; Ephesians 4:8-11; Ephesians 5:26-27; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:19-21; 1 Corinthians 12; Revelation 19:7-8)
the second coming
We believe that the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent, and will be personal, visible, and pre-millennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
(Revelation 20:1-6; 1 John 2:28-29; 1 thessalonians 5:1-12)
Our response in Christian Living
We believe that it is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separate from sin and the world, fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. The standard of Christian living is a Christlike walk.
(1 john 2:6; colossians 3:1-17; Ephesians 5:18; 1 corinthians 6:19-20; 2 corinthians 6:14-18)
We believe that the person of Satan is a fallen angel who is called the god of this age. His rebellion from God's authority was followed by other angels, now known as demons. Satan and his demons have established a world order in opposition too God's. We believe that Hell is a place of eternal punishment created for Satan, and those who follow him.
(Revelation 12:9-10; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 peter 5:8-9; Revelation 20)