Our Beliefs

The Scriptures
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 17:17)
 
The Godhead
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes, but is distinct in office and activity.
(Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
 
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
 
We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice.
We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy.
(John 1:1, John 1:14, John 1:18, Luke 1:35, Romans 3:24-26, Romans 4:25, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 3:1, Hebrews 7:23-25, 1 John 2:1-2)
 
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also
regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and fills those yielded to Him.
 
We believe God answers prayer for the sick and is able to heal in accordance with His will.
Some gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and miraculous healing, as witnessed in the early
church, have been given to certain individuals as authenticating signs and not as final evidence of God’s presence in a believer’s life.
(John 16:7-11, John 3:8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, John 14:16-17, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18, I John 5:14-15, James 5:15-16, I Corinthians 14:22-24, Hebrews 2:4)
 
Angels, Fallen and Unfallen
We believe angels are spiritual beings who were created as sinless personalities and that they occupy different orders and ranks. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states, the former including Satan and his angels.
 
We believe Satan, by his own choice the enemy of God and His people, is the originator of sin, that he led our first parents into sin, and now rules as “the god of this world.” We believe he was judged at the cross and that ultimately he will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
(Hebrews 1:13-14, II Peter 2:4, Revelation 7:12, Isaiah 14:12-14, Genesis 3:1-19, Hebrews 2:14, Revelation 20:10, Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 2:1-2)
 
Creation
We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power.
We believe man (male and female), was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he
sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God and is in need of salvation. All of creation was good, affected by sin and will be redeemed.
(Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16-17, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:19, Ephesians 2:1-3, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:23, Romans 8:19-21)
 
Salvation
We believe salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works.
We believe all true believers elect of God, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.
(Acts 13:38-39, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 1:4-5, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39, John 10:27-30 )
 
Sanctification
We believe sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, progressive and ultimate. Positionally, it is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God as Christ is set apart unto God.
 
Since the Christian retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby he grows in grace by the power of the Spirit. Ultimately, the child of God will be set apart from sin in his practice (as he is now in his position in Christ) when he is taken to be with Christ and shall be like Him.
(John 17:17, II Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 5:25-27, I Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 10:14)
 
The Church
We believe the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age.
We believe the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12-13; 10:32)
 
We believe the Church is distinct from Israel.
We believe the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, equipping for and practice of Kingdom service, specifically stewarding our lives for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission.
(Ephesians 1:22-23, I Corinthians 12:13, I Corinthians 10:32, Acts 2:42-47, I Corinthians 1:1-2, Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:19-20)
 
The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, both of which are to be
observed by believers until He returns.

 
We believe by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with his Savior. While not a condition for salvation, it is an important step of obedience for a believing disciple. We believe infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but should not be baptized until they can personally articulate their faith and the purpose of baptism.
 
We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood.
 
We believe every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper but that participation must always be preceded by solemn self-examination.
(Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-26)
 
The Restoration of All Things
We believe in the personal, glorious and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ (with His heavenly hosts),
when He will exercise His role as the final Judge and King over creation.
 
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the unjust outside of Christ and of those justified in Christ. The unjust, along with Satan and his hosts, are irrevocably separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal conscious punishment. On that day, those justified in Christ, the church, will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ. With representatives from every people, they will live and reign with Him forever in glorious bodies in the new heaven and new earth. According to the Father’s eternal plan, all things will be united in Christ to the unending praise of the glory of God.
(Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 66:18-24, Matthew 10:28, Romans 8:18-25, Ephesians 1:10-12)