Statement of Faith

It would be hard to put all our doctrine onto one page but we offer Biblical support through the inerrant scripture of God’s word to support all our beliefs.  If you have a question about any of these statements, any of our pastors would be delighted to sit down with you to discuss your concerns.

 

THE BIBLE: We believe the entire Bible; all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been preserved, and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. (II TIM. 3:16-17; II PETER 1:20-21)

 

GOD: We believe there is only one true, living, sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. He exists in 3 co-equal persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each being a distinct person with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection, and attributes. 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)

 

JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, shed His blood on the cross as a vicarious substitute, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power. (JOHN 1:1-3,14; MATTHEW 1:18-25; PHIL. 2:5-9; COLOSSIANS. 1:15; I CORINTHIANS 15:1-8; ACTS 1:11)

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and Son. He is the chief convictor of sin, the chief agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer from the moment of salvation and empowers every believer to live a godly life. (JOHN 14:16-19; 16: 7-15; I CORINTHIANS 6:19-20; ROMANS 8:9,11; TITUS 3:5)

 

MANKIND: We believe that in the beginning God created mankind in His image, and is not in any sense the product of evolution, therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. Mankind was originally created with the ability to live perfectly for God’s glory. (GENESIS 1:17,31)

 

SIN: We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind; therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God. (GENESIS 3:1-24; ROMANS 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23)

 

SALVATION: We believe the salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ’s vicarious and atoning death, effected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. (EPHESIANS 2:8-10; II CO. 5:21)

 

ETERNAL SECURITY: We believe that since God gives us eternal life through Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation forever. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the efforts of the believer. (JOHN 10:29-30; II TIMOTHY 1:12; HEBREWS 7:25; I JOHN 5:11-13)

 

THE CHURCH: We believe that the church is the body of Christ and the family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers, who regularly join together on the Lord’s Day for worship, fellowship, and ministry. (MATTHEW 16:18; I CO. 12:12-14; HEBREWS 10:25)

 

EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples. (MATTHEW 28:18-20; ACTS 1:8)

 

ETERNITY: We believe man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell both exist where people will live eternally. (JOHN 3:16; 2:25; ROMANS 6:23; REVELATION 20:15)

 

BAPTISM AND LORD’S SUPPER: Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church 2 visible symbols (called ordinances) as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion is a one time act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new way of life. It serves as an outward sign of conscience confession of repentance and faith. The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection and promised return. (MATTHEW 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:26)