GOD We believe in one true and living God who has revealed Himself through the Bible

JESUS CHRISTWe believe Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and rose from the dead

SCRIPTURE We believe the Bible is inspired by God and unlike any other book

CREATION We believe God created everything out of nothing

THE FALLWe believe all mankind is affected by and guilty of sin

SALVATION We believe salvation is man’s greatest need and God’s greatest gift

CHURCH We believe the Church consists of all believers in all places

BAPTISM We believe baptism is an act of obedience and a powerful testimony of God’s saving power

MARRIAGE We believe marriage was created by God and is a wonderful gift to mankind 

COMMUNION We believe communion is an important reminder of Christ’s sacrifice

GIVING We believe generous giving is a vital aspect of Christian worship

END TIMESWe believe Jesus will return to renew all things

 

Statement of Faith

GOD – We believe in one true and living God who has revealed Himself through the Bible

God has revealed Himself to be the one true living God, perfect in love, existing eternally, in one essence, in the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST – We believe Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross, and rose from the dead

Jesus Christ is equal with God. (Philippians 2:6)  

Jesus is fully God and fully man. (2 John 1:7)

Jesus is both the Word from God and the way to God.  (John 1:14; John 14:6)

Jesus was born to a virgin.  (Matthew 1:23-25)

Jesus lived a sinless life and then died on the cross as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 19:16-30)

Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven to be with God the Father, where He is still living today. (Mark 16:6; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 3:21-22)

Jesus will return in power and glory to judge the world and redeem those who have trusted in Him as Lord and Savior.  (Acts 10:42-43; Philippians 3:20-21)

Jesus is our divine example of how to love God supremely and love our neighbors as ourselves.  (John 13:14-15)

SCRIPTURE – We believe the Bible is inspired by God and unlike any other book

The Bible is an essential and trustworthy record of the self-disclosure of the living and true God. (Psalm 119:160)

The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is authoritative, authentic, prophetic, and powerful.  (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

All scripture is useful for preaching, teaching, and admonishing believers in the way they should live.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, are the written word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. (Isaiah 46:9-10)

CREATION – We believe God created everything out of nothing

In the beginning, when there was nothing but God, He created everything and declared it to be very good.  (Genesis 1:1, 31)

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were all active in creation.  (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3)

God is distinct from, superior to, and sovereign over His creation.  (Colossians 1:15-17)

The pinnacle of God’s creation is mankind, whom He made in His own image.  (Genesis 1:26)

We believe Adam was the first man, and Eve the first woman.  God created them in His image, and they were perfect, without sin, and had freedom to choose good or evil.  (Genesis 1:26, 2:20, 3:20; Acts 17:26)

God gave mankind dominion over the rest of His earthly creation, of which they are to be good stewards. (Genesis 1:28-30)

THE FALL – We believe all mankind is affected by and guilty of sin

We believe Adam and Eve chose to sin by going against God’s good command.  (Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:1-6)

Since the first sin, the world has been contaminated with turmoil, strife, pain, and death. (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:16-19)

Each of us was born with a sinful nature and has chosen to sin against our holy Creator. (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12)

God’s plan was to redeem His people and restore His creation from the effects of The Fall. (Genesis 3:15-19, Galatians 3:13, Revelation 21:1-5)

SALVATION – We believe salvation is man’s greatest need and God’s greatest gift

Salvation, in the ultimate sense, is where God mercifully rescues a rebellious sinner from His pending and deserved wrath and instead grants eternal life with Him. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; John 3:16)

Salvation occurs when someone hears and believes the gospel message, which is the good news about Jesus Christ.  Namely, that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again, all according to the scriptures.  (Acts 11:14; Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Salvation is by grace alone.  Because of personal sin, no one deserves it.  Good works cannot earn it.  Salvation is a free gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Salvation is through faith alone.  God chose genuine, personal belief in His Son as the mechanism by which to save sinners.  Saving faith is both a right belief of who Jesus is and an active trust in Him for eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:9-10)

Salvation is in Jesus Christ alone.  No other object of faith can save, including false gods and counterfeit representations of Jesus.  Salvation occurs exclusively through placing genuine faith in the person and work of the true Jesus Christ of the Bible.  (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

Salvation is available to people of all nations, people groups, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic statuses.  (Romans 10:11-13; Galatians 3:28)

Salvation is always accompanied by genuine repentance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Those who are saved will live transformed lives, perform good works, and produce spiritual fruit as evidence of God’s grace.  (Ephesians 2:10; Acts 26:20)

For the believer, Salvation is a past experience (we were saved), a present reality (we are being saved), and a future hope (we will be saved). (Titus 3:4-7; 1 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 5:9)

For the genuine believer, salvation cannot be lost.  God will preserve His children in the faith until the end of this life and usher them into the glory of heaven.  (John 6:37-40)

CHURCH – We believe the church consists of all believers in all places

The church is both the global body of believers and the local bodies of believers. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 16:1-5)

The church belongs to Jesus; He purchased it with His sacrifice on the cross. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)

We believe the local church is to be led by qualified elders, and that Jesus is the ultimate Leader of the elders and our church.  (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:4-5; Colossians 1:18)

BAPTISM – We believe baptism is an act of obedience and a powerful testimony of God’s saving power

We believe, teach, preach, and practice Believer’s Baptism, which is baptism after the point of conversion. (Acts 8:12)

We encourage every follower of Jesus, regardless of age, to obediently proclaim Jesus as Savior by being baptized.  (Matthew 28:19)

We believe Baptism symbolizes death, burial, and resurrection, physically of Christ and spiritually of the believer who has received new life in Him. (Romans 6:3-7)

We baptize by immersion in the public assembly of the church. (Acts 8:38-39)

COMMUNION – We believe communion is an important reminder of Christ’s sacrifice

Jesus instituted communion as a way for the church to remember and proclaim His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.  (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

Communion is for all Christians who have beforehand examined themselves and desire to participate. (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)

We believe the bread represents Christ’s broken body, and the fruit of the vine represents His shed blood.  (Mark 14:22-24)

We practice open communion, which means that all genuine followers of Jesus are invited to participate with us in communion. (see SALVATION)

MARRIAGE – We believe marriage was created by God and is a wonderful gift to mankind

Marriage was God’s idea from the beginning and serves to benefit the spouses, any children the Lord provides, and the greater society. (Genesis 2:24)

Marriage is a unique covenant union between a man and a woman that is intended to last as long as both spouses live. (Matthew 19:3-6)

Marriage between two Christians is especially meaningful in that the husband-wife relationship is intended to reflect the relationship between Jesus and the church. (Ephesians 5:22-33)

A Christian ought only pursue marriage with another Christian. (1 Corinthians 7:39, 2 Corinthians 6:14)

We do not believe that God intends for everyone to be married, nor that married persons are due greater honor than unmarried persons. (1 Corinthians 7:7, 32-35)

Sexual intimacy ought only be experienced within the bounds of marriage, and deviations inevitably lead to negative consequences. (Hebrews 13:4, Proverbs 5, Romans 1:26-27)

We believe it is the Church’s duty to promote the virtues and sanctity of marriage and to help build healthy marriage relationships.

GIVING – We believe generous giving is a vital aspect of Christian worship

We believe that the act of giving is an authentic and essential act of worship. (Matthew 6:19-21, 24)

We believe giving includes but is not limited to giving of our financial resources.. (Romans 12:6-8)

We do not believe that giving should be motivated by guilt or obligation, but rather by joy and gratitude towards God.  All we have belongs to Him. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

We give freely because Christ has freely given to us. (Matthew 10:8)

We believe that planned, regular, generous giving is an excellent way to be faithful in sharing our resources with others through the work of the local church. (Malachi 3:10)

We believe in giving generously to the cause of missions both locally and globally. (2 Corinthians 8:1-7)

We believe in living sacrificially at times in order to give to the poorest of the poor. (2 Corinthians 9:9)

END TIMES – We believe Jesus will return to renew all things

God is the originator of all things and is the One who will culminate all things. (Revelation 1:8)

Jesus came the first time to suffer and die. He will come again a second time to judge, heal, rule, and reign. (Matthew 24:30, 31)

Christ’s second coming will be literal, bodily, visible, and powerful. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

It will be accompanied by a resurrection from the dead of all those in Christ and it will result in the judgment and removal of those outside of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Matthew 24:45-51)

It will bring about a new, final, and eternal era where we will enjoy God forever in the New Heaven and New Earth. This is our Blessed Hope. (Revelation 21:1-7; Titus 2:13)