We believe the Scriptures – both the Old and New Testaments – to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in faith and life. We accept the grammatical-historical system of interpretation of the Scriptures, and accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate, including the recent creation of the world in six literal days.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection.
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against the sin of the elect. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of His people.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He places all believers into the one true church, which is the Body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them.
The Condition of Humanity
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam’s sin the race fell, inheriting a sinful nature, becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all whom God has elected to salvation. It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the cause, not the result of the believer’s saving faith. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins, declared righteous before God and born into the family of God. God’s purpose for saving His elect is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives.
Security, Assurance and Responsibility
We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace – are kept by His power and thus, are secure in Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life that endures until death.
We believe that the Christian life is a life surrendered to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Salvation begins, and sanctification continues with this submission to the rulership of Jesus.
We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin and just as surely the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin is both positional and practical. Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and absolute; however, practical sanctification is a result of the continuing work of the Spirit using the Word of God to provide nourishment for growth into maturity in Christ. While the process of practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature which is the source for the war between the flesh and the Spirit. Spiritual growth occurs as believers feed on the Word and are in fellowship with other believers for encouragement and service.
We believe the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism incorporating every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. The local church, as established in Scripture, is made up of redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship and service. We affirm the New Testament expectation that every follower of Christ be part of the local church. We believe that the expansion and multiplication of the local church is God’s means for accomplishing the Great Commission.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation – water baptism subsequent to the believer’s profession of faith, and the Lord’s supper.
We believe that God created men and women equally in His image. We believe that men and women have equal spiritual status in salvation. We also affirm the beautifully complimentary differences between men and women and their different and complimentary roles given by God in the family and in the church.
The Eternal State
We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire – not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.
We believe, according to His promise, that Jesus will physically return for His people. This truth has been revealed to provide the believer comfort and encouragement in this life. We believe that Jesus will return prior to establishing His kingdom on the earth, which will be followed by an eternal new heavens and new earth.
2 Timothy 3:13-15 / 2 Peter 1:20-21
Deuteronomy 6:4 / Matthew 28:19 / 2 Corinthians 13:14
Matthew 1:21 / John 1:1-2, 14, 18; 10:15 / Luke 1:34 / Romans 3:24, 25; 5:8 / 1 Peter 2:2-4