We believe in the eternal, infinite, and personal, one true Triune God – three persons in One. All things exist from Him and for His glory. We believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct in personhood yet are co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 102:26-27; Isaiah 45:5-6; Jeremiah 23:23-24; John 17:3; John 10:30; 14:19; Matthew 28:19).
We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16). We understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very word (verbal inspiration) of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:19-21). We believe that the Bible, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are complete, fully authoritative (plenary inspiration), without error (inerrant) as they appeared in the original manuscripts and preserved in the totality of manuscripts for us today. We believe that all the Scriptures are at their core about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work who is Himself the Word of God made Flesh (John 1:1-2). Because of their divine inspiration the scriptures are the final authority for faith and life, profitable for, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (II Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).
We believe that Humankind, both male and female, were created by God, equally bearing the image of God (Gen 1:27;31). Adam, the father of the human race, sinned against God’s leadership and through that sin the race of humanity fell (Gen 3:6; Rom 5:12). As a result, all descendants of Adam are separated from God by sin (Eph 4:17; Col 1:12; Rom 3:10-18), are spiritually dead, totally unable to do anything at all to remedy or fix their lost condition (Eph 2:1-3), are born as slaves to sin and are rebels against God (Rom 6:16;8:7; John 8:34). All mankind are in debt to God through sin that leads to death (Psalms 51:5, Romans 6:23) and are in desperate need to be reconciled, made right, and made to be pleasing to God in righteousness (Matt 5:20, Rom 8:8, Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16; Acts 13:33). He was miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35). He was sinless in His life on earth (Hebrew 4:15) fulfilling the demands of God’s law, and meeting God’s righteous standard. Through His obedience He is able to gift (impute) His righteousness to all who believe, leading to eternal life (Romans 5:15-21). Christ paid the debt of sin and ransomed humans from slavery to sin’s penalty when He willingly offered Himself as a substitute (Matt. 20:28; Rev 5:9) – a sacrifice for our sins – as He died on Calvary’s cross and took upon Himself our sin, our guilt, and our shame (Col2:13-15; Hebrew 10:10). We believe in His physical resurrection on the third day (1 Cor 15:3-4), and in His ascension to Heaven, where He sits at God’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3) making continual intercession for us as our High Priest (Hebrews 7:25). We wait with longing hearts for His soon return (Acts 1:11) to judge the world (Rev. 22:12-13) and establish His righteous Kingdom on earth (Luke 1:32).
We believe that salvation is a gift from God for all who trust in Christ (Acts 16:29-31). The gift of salvation is not dependent on human goodness, obedience, desire, or works, but solely given by God to man through grace (unmerited favor, Ephesians 2:8-10) and received by personal faith (confident trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12). The evidence of saving faith will be repentance (turning away from sin) and belief (turning to Christ in trust) and followed by the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:3-5) and are therefore assured of their salvation by the same grace that accomplished their rescue. (Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:28-29; Philippians 1:29).
PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God (Psalm 139:7, Isaiah 40:13). He makes people aware of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). He brings new life, or regeneration, to the hearts of those who believe (Isaiah 44:2-4) and He seals them as a guarantee until the day of salvation (Ephesians 1:113-14). Through His indwelling ministry (1 Tim 1:14) He provides witness to God’s word (1 John 2:20) enlightens people regarding Jesus (John 15:26), He leads believers in truth (Eph 1:17-18, ;1 Cor 2:10). The Holy Spirit leads and empowers believers to live holy lives before God (Ezekiel 36:25-27; ). The Holy Spirit provides a comforting presence (Acts 9:31), confirms our relationship with Christ (Romans 8:9-11-16) and gives gifts and abilities to each believer for the purpose of service. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Jesus is the head or Lord of the church (Ephesians 4:15; Philippians 2:11). We believe the Scriptures teach that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing ordinances of Christ baptism (by immersion) and the Lord’s Supper, governed by God’s Word, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties in the epistles of Timothy and Titus. (Matt. 28:19-21; Acts 6:1-6; 13:1-3; 15:22; 2 Corinthians 8:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:2-3).