The Bible

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and divinely inspired. It is inerrant in the original manuscripts and preserved by God for us. It is authoritative for this church and each of us for every age.

See Matthew 5:18; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21

God

We believe in one God that eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. We believe God created the universe by His Power and Word. We believe that God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Jesus into the world to save sinners.

See Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 1:1-2, 14, 10:30, 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:3, 10; Acts 17:24-25; Genesis 1:1; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 4:14

God The Son

We believe Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father into the world to save sinners. We believe that Jesus Christ was virgin born, sinless in life and mighty in words and deeds. We believe Jesus was both God and man, that He was crucified for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He then ascended to His Father's side where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers. We believe Jesus Christ is coming again personally, visibly and bodily to reign as Lord.

See Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Hebrews 1:1-2, 7:25; Luke 1:30-35; Ephesians 4:8; John 1:1-5, 10-14, 14:3; Colossians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:3,11; Revelation 20:4

God The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and possesses all of the divine attributes. He convicts of sin, regenerates, indwells all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of their salvation, filling them in response to surrender to him with the goal of conforming them to the image of Christ.

See John 3:5, 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13

Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became separated from God. We believe that all men are morally corrupt, and of themselves utterly unable to remedy their lost condition.

See Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12

Salvation

We believe that Jesus, through His death on the cross, provided salvation for all. Salvation is a gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works and that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. All who have received Christ will at death depart to be with Christ in their spirits and at Christ's return receive a new body which will be like His glorious body.

See Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:5, 6:23, 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 2:8-9

The Church

We believe a New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers who have agreed together to worship Jesus Christ, edify the believers, evangelize the lost and minister to others. The church has two ordinances. They are merely symbolic and not a means of salvation, but both are evidence of obedience and fellowship with the Lord. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. The Lord's Supper is a reminder of Christ's death and anticipates His Second Coming.

See Acts 2:42,47; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-24; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12, 35-38; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

The Christian Life

We believe that a Christian should walk in holiness, set apart, and not after the flesh, with the goal of being conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a new creation, walking in the Spirit, the Christian learns to grow in faith, in obedience to Scripture, in prayer, in fellowship with the saints, and in a life of service. We believe that the Christian will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to have his life evaluated according to his deeds.

See Galatians 5:16-26; Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:20-24; Hebrews 11:6, 12:1-2; John 17:17; Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

The Second Coming

We believe in the personal second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting glory of believers, and the judgment and everlasting conscious punishment of unbelievers.

See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Titus 2:11-13; John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15; 2 Peter 3:10