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What We Believe


THE WORD OF GOD

Statement:  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 conduct.

Scripture: John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

THE TRIUNE GOD

Statement:  We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

Scripture: Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:7.

GOD THE FATHER

Statement: We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Being, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Scripture:  John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5.

JESUS CHRIST

Statement:  We believe in Jesus Christ as God, the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His existence as fully man and fully God. We believe in His sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

Scripture:  Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 John 1:7; Philippians 2:5-11.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Statement: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is the believer’s abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide.

Scripture: John 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:26.

REGENERATION

Statement:  We believe all people are sinners by nature and choice. Therefore, they are under judgment. We believe those who repent of their sins and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are new creations, transformed by grace through the Holy Spirit.

Scripture:  John 1:12-13; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Titus 3:5.

THE CHURCH

Statement:  We believe Christ's church is the living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ associated for worship and fellowship. We believe God has laid upon the fellowship of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Scripture: Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22, 5:25-27.

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

Statement:  We believe a Christian should live for the glory of God and well-being of others, that his conduct should be blameless before the world, and that he should be a faithful steward of God's grace, seeking to realize the full stature of maturity in Christ.

Scripture:  Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:17-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

THE ORDINANCES

Statement:  We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the Triune God. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture:  Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.

THE END TIMES

Statement:  We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the eternal joy of the righteous united with Him!

Scripture:  Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:18, 29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:1-15.