What We Believe

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God, as inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and conduct and all other matters upon which they speak. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 4:12).

 

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24).

 

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy

Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (John 1:1-4; 3:16; Matthew 1:20; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:5-11).

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, whose ministry is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate the unbelieving; and to sanctify, comfort and teach those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:8-11; 3:6-7; 14:26).

 

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all men are sinful both by nature and by choice (Genesis 1:26 27; Romans 5:12-14; Ephesians 2:3, Romans 3:23).

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, that all who believe on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood

(I Corinthians 15:3-4; Revelation 1:5).

 

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and that all who

receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God, eternally secure in Him (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:3; 3:7; 1:12).

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, who applies the saving work of Jesus Christ to sinful human beings. During this age the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct, empower, and uniquely gift the believer for godly living and service, so that the church is built up. (John 14:15-31; 16:8-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 12:4-26; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5)

 

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate, and in His imminent coming to rapture His Church (I Thessalonians 4:13-17; I Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:8-11; Hebrews4:14-16; I John 2:1-2).

 

We believe in the personal, premillennial and visible bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom upon the earth (Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-15).

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (I Corinthians 15:20-24; Revelation 20:12-15; II Corinthians 5:8).

 

We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members; and that the local, visible Church is a company of regenerated baptized believers in Jesus Christ associated together for work, worship and fellowship (I Corinthians 12:1...31; Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47).

 

We believe in the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper in obedience to the commands of Christ; that Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as his identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; and that the elements of the Lord's Supper are symbolic of the body and shed blood of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-30; Acts 2:38, 8:36, 38; Romans 6:3-4).

 

We believe that every person is ultimately responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, and that each Church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference from any ecclesiastical or political authority (Philippians 2:12).

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