| The Scriptures |
We believe the holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13
| The Godhead |
We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--co-eternal in being and nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
| The Person and Work of Jesus |
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
John 1:1-2; 14; Luke 1:35
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God,
where, as our high priest, he fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate.
Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2
| The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit |
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18
| Humanity |
We believe humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We believe man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
| Salvation |
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19
| Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers |
We believe those who are truly redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We don’t believe in “once saved, always saved,” we believe in “if saved, always saved,” and that salvation will evidence itself by a transformed life and godly lifestyle choices.
John 6:37-40, 10:27-30, 15:4-5; Romans 8:1, 38-39, 12:2,9-21; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5
We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15
| The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts |
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly-given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience.
1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7-8
We believe God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accord with his own will, for the sick and afflicted.
John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15
We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of all believers to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to them.
Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11
| The Church |
We believe the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.
Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2
We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
Acts 14:27, 18:22, & 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority and control.
Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, & 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16, & 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4
We recognize a believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age.