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.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, intelligent, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe that God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God. With the image of God, humanity receives the capacity for self-understanding, self-definition, self-determination, creativity, and community.
THE FALL OF HUMANITY
We believe that humanity fell from its created state through an act of disobedience, bringing it into a condition of sin.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was fully human and divine; the visible expression of the invisible God. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit 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 believes in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ by accepting Christ as savior. That salvation of humanity is wholly a work of God’s free grace and not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith on Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight.
We believe in the distinct personality of the devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of humanity. We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel who, because of pride and disobedience to God, was exiled from the presence of God. He is the unholy god and the ruler of the powers of darkness, the arch enemy of man's acceptance of Christ. His final destiny is defeat and eternal condemnation to the lake of fire along with all who have not received Christ as their personal Savior.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe in water baptism, through immersion as an act of obedience and in Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) and that they should be observed by all believers until Christ’s return. We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are actions, which symbolize important truths and are to be observed out of obedience to the command of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper represents the price that was paid for salvation, being the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is observed in obedience to and in the presence of the Risen Lord and not only reflects upon His death, but also anticipates His Second Coming.
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, universal and timeless and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated by faith for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe God has given gifts to men and women
to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. We believe that the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world rests upon the members of the local church.
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others.; that his/her conduct should be blameless before the world; that he/she should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he/she should seek to realize for him/herself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to God. We have a spiritual debtorship to the world and a binding stewardship of our possessions. We are under obligation to serve God with our time, talents, and material possessions and should recognize all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and helping others.
We believe in proclaiming the reign of God in the heart and life of the individual in every human relationship, and in every form and institution of organized human society.
God admonishes His people to assemble together for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
We believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and that his grave was emptied of its contents. He appeared to the disciples after his resurrection with many convincing manifestations. He now exists in his glorified body at the right hand of God. There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. In the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell and the fellowship of the saved in heaven.
THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the Bible reveals that Christ will return, that there will be a bodily resurrection for believers upon His return, that there will be the final banishment of Satan and evil, and that both believers and non-believers will be judged, resulting in the final estate of heaven or hell.
Beliefs and practices that give shape, form and cohesiveness to God’s vision for our church.