The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Romans 10:17; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Matthew 28:19; I Peter l:2; I John 5:7).
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, that He is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 45:21, 22; Exodus 15:6, 11; Psalm 18:30; Proverbs 15:3; John 3:16; I John 4:7-16)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth to reign in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18 & 20-25; John 1:1-14; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Mark 15; Luke 24; Acts 1:9,10; Titus 2:13).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe on Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 16:8, 11, 14, 16, 17; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Romans 8:11, 16-27; II Peter 1:21; Ephesians 1:13, 14).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell from His original state through his disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden, and thus became a sinner in need of a Savior. Through man’s sin he lost his relationship and fellowship with God. We believe all succeeding members of the human race are sinners by nature and by choice and are therefore separated from God. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Genesis 3:6, 7; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of God’s grace; that Christ died, was buried and rose again for the justification of sinners. We believe the blood of Christ alone cleanses from sin. We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, all under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in, or receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 3:10; John 3:18, 19; John 1:12, 13; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 4:4, 5; I Corinthians 15:3, 4).
Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe in the local Church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, Scripturally baptized (immersion), on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. (Ephesians 5:20-32; Ephesians 1:22; Matthew 28:19; I Timothy 3:1-13).
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his or her fellowmen; that his or her conduct would be blameless before the world; that each should be a faithful steward of all possessions, and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (Luke 16:1-17; Ephesians 5:9-11; I John 2:15-17; Romans 6:1-13; I Corinthians 4:2; II Corinthians 6:17)
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, neither of which has any saving merit (not necessary for salvation).
Baptism: We believe that Baptism, as taught in the Scriptures, is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God, and that it is an act of obedience in open confession of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
The Lord’s Supper: We believe every baptized believer is to observe the Lord’s Supper “in remembrance” of the Lord in His death and reminding us of His coming again. Observance should be preceded by self-examination. (I Corinthians 11:28-32).