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Scripture

We believe that the Bible, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, was spoken by God through human authors and is without error in the original manuscripts. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, and is the supreme authority in all matters on which it speaks.

(2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

 

God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God: an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth. He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all honor, confidence, and love. He eternally exists in three persons, who are equal in every divine perfection, and who execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

(Psalm 90:1-2; Matthew 28:19)

 

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He infallibly determines all that comes to pass and concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind. He hears and answers prayer and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:12-14)

 

God the Son

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, thus fully God and fully man. We believe in His sinless life; substitutionary and atoning death; bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and future, personal, visible return to earth.

(John 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

 

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of its sin, of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells, helps, teaches, and guides every believer.

(John 15:26; 16:8,13-14; Galatians 5:22-26; Titus 3:5)

 

Humanity

We believe humanity is the special creation of God, made in His image, the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning, mankind was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. Adam sinned against God and brought sin into the human race, causing all people to be born with a sinful nature (or disposition). Only the grace of God can bring people into fellowship with Him and enable them to fulfill the purpose of God.

(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

Salvation

We believe the Gospel: that salvation is wholly of God by grace, on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and not on the basis of human merit or works. Forgiveness and eternal life with God are granted to those who by grace turn from their sin and place their faith in Christ alone for salvation. However, eternal, conscious punishment and separation from God in the lake of fire are reserved for those who do not believe and instead reject the Gospel of Christ.

(Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:36; Revelation 20:10-15)

 

Christian Living

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and to serve others. Christians should aspire to be like Christ and to advance His kingdom through the faithful stewardship of their time, abilities, and possessions.

(1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10)

 

Marriage / Family

We believe that God has ordained the family as a foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime and is a reflection of the union between Christ and His church. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image, yet hold distinct roles. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them by example and loving discipline to make choices based on biblical truth.

(Ephesians 5:22- 6:4; Psalm 127:3; Genesis 2:23-24)

 

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, consisting of a community of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been baptized as an expression of their faith, and are united for worship, work, and fellowship. God has commissioned the local church with the essential tasks of proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples and developing fully devoted followers of Christ.

(Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:18-20)

 

The Ordinances

We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only, as an identifying symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Baptism also symbolizes our death to sin and resurrection to a new walk in life. It is a prerequisite to local church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death and should be preceded by salvation and solemn self-examination.

 

The Eternal State

We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.