Statement of Faith
The Word of God – We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully and verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit.
2 Tim. 3:16; Matt. 5:18, 2 Pet. 1:21
We believe that the Bible in its original manuscripts is free from all falsehood or mistake and so is entirely true and trustworthy in all its assertions on all matters of natural and theological fact. It is reliable and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct and practice.
Tit. 1:2; John 10:35; Rom. 3:4
The Trinity – We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these three are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Deut. 6:4; Jas. 2:19; 1 Tim. 2:5,6; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2
God the Father – We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.
John 4:24; Isa. 6:1-4; Psa. 115:3; Rom. 5:8; Deut. 7:7; Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1; 4:7-12
We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and eternal death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.
John 3:16; 14:6
Jesus Christ – We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth (Matt. 1:6 (fem. pron.), 20) and His sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:8), bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven (1 Cor. 15:1-58; Acts 1:9-11), perpetual intercession for His people (Heb. 7:25) and personal visible return to earth (Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3).
The Holy Spirit – We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son (John 15:26; 16:7; Gal. 4:6) to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11), and to regenerate sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ (Tit. 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:16, 22-23; Rom. 8:4; 1 Cor. 12:7). We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide (Rom. 8:9-11).
Regeneration (Salvation) – We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation.
Rom. 3:10-19,23; Eph. 4:18; Rom. 5:12; 6:23
We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
2 Cor. 5:17; Tit. 3:5; Eph. 2:1, 4-9
Angels – We believe that angels are a distinct order of created spiritual beings; that they can appear in human form; that good angels minister to human beings and serve God as special messengers (Heb. 1:14; Acts 12:7; 27:23-24); that Satan, a fallen angel, and his evil angels whom he leads, exercise great but limited evil power in the world, and will suffer final defeat at the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jas. 4:7; John 8:44; Isa. 14:12-20; 1 Pet. 5:8; 1 John 5:19; Rev. 20:2, 10
The Church – We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23
We believe in the local church, consisting of a community of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship.
1 Cor. 1:2; Acts 2:41-42; 8:37-38; 1 Pet. 4:11-16; Heb. 19:25
We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Matt. 28:19-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 1:8; 1 Pet. 2:9-10
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.
1 Cor. 11:23-26; Luke 22:19-20
We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.
1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:5
We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Religious Liberty – We believe that all people have direct relations with God and are directly accountable to God alone in all matters of faith;(Local church autonomy and self-governance derives from the observed practice of the NT (Acts 15:22 – the church together sent Paul and Barnabas; 20:28 – elders as guardians of specific church; 1 Cor. 5:13 -congregation instructed to act; NT makes no provision for an apostolic succession) that each local church is independent 1 Pet. 2:13 and Rom. 13:1-7 urge submission to secular authorities; both church and state are instituted by God, yet for distinct purposes. and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; and that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Pet. 4:11; Eph. 1:6,12; Gal. 6:10; Heb. 13:16
Christian Conduct – We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of all people (Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 3:7);that their conduct should be blameless before the world (2 Cor. 9:8-10; Eph. 5:16); that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions(Eph. 4:16; 2 Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:29); and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ (Matt. 29:19-20; Acts 2:41).
Church Cooperation – We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary, independent basis.(The NT includes examples of local churches working together (1 Cor. 16:1,19; 2 Cor. 9:2).
The apostles did exercise a bishop-like function over some of the churches (e.g. Acts 14:23 -appointed elders; 1 Cor. 5:5 -exercised discipline; Acts 15 -James and the Jerusalem council set a policy for all churches).
The Last Things – We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth.
Acts 1:11; John 14:3; Luke 24:25-33; 1 Thess. 4:13-18
We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal bliss of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:11-15