We passionately believe that there is nothing more important than having a relationship with God.
Our Statement of Faith:
What We Believe
* In essential beliefs—we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Eph. 4:4-6
* In non-essential beliefs—we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
* In all our beliefs—we show love.
“...if I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains—but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
1. The Nature of the Triune God
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4; Matt. 5:48; 28:19
2. The Nature of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.
Matt. 26:64; Luke 1:36-38; Acts 2:23-24; Rom. 5:9; Phil. 2:6-11; Heb. 2:9; 8:1; 1 Pet. 3:18
3. The Nature of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
John 14:15-18; 16:7-11,13; Acts 1:9
4. The Inerrancy of Scripture
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21
5. The Creation and Fall of Man
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.
Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:23; 1 Cor. 15:20-23; Rev. 21:1-4,8
6. Divine Provision for Human Salvation
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
7. Indwelling of Believers
God wills that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.
Acts 1:8; Rom. 6:1-14; 1 Thes. 5:23
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.
Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:13-16
9. Definition of the Church
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47; Eph. 1:22-23
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:20-23
11. The Return of Jesus Christ (the Second Coming)
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent, and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
Luke 21:27; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 10:37