What We Believe

THE BIBLE:
We believe that Scripture, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testament, is verbally inspired by God. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and the only Perfect Rule for faith, doctrine and practice (Psalms 19:7, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

GOD:
We believe that there is only one true,living sovereign, holy and eternally existent God. God is infinitely perfect and He exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31).

THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST:
We believe, by the miracle of the virgin birth-that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. We believe that He became man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin. We believe that Christ died for the sins of all people as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that He rose bodily from the dead for our justification. Finally, we believe that He is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as or Great High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11)

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him into the Church (which is the Body of Christ). We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use the gift for the strength and outreach of the Church. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9,11; Titus 3:5).

SALVATION:
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift. Salvation is neither merited nor secured in part of in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God’s gift only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, all true believers have-as-a present possession-eternal life, perfection, righteousness and sonship in God’s family. Christians also enjoy every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and have teh divine guarantee that they shall never perish. God has delivered from all condemnation, and we have eternal security in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10 and 2 Corinthians 5:21).

THE CHURCH:
We believe that the true Church is composed of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, through saving faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that those who are thus members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local Church. (Matthew 16:18: I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25).