What We Believe


 I. 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.

 

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

 

II. The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

 

Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6

 

III. God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that He infallibly and sovereignly foreknows and directs all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

 

Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3;  Revelation 1:6

 

IV. Jesus Christ

We believe in 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, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His future visible return to earth. We believe that no one comes to the Father for salvation except through personal faith in Him.

 

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 4:6; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30,31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

 

V. 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, empower and preserve all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide.

 

John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

 

VI. Regeneration

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation.  We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.

 

Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1


VII. Eternal Security
We believe in the eternal security of the believer; that all who place their trust in Christ for salvation are preserved by the power of God through a faith that will never fail; that every believer is actually a gift from the Father to the Son and is part of a covenant of love between the members of the Trinity; that believers are permanently kept by the preserving power of the Holy Spirit and the protective hands of both the Father and the Son; that no created thing or anything present or future is able to separate a believer from the saving love of God.


Luke 22:31,32; John 10:28,29; 17:6,9,11,12,24; Rom.8:38,39; Eph.1:13,14;
1Pet.1:5

 

VIII. The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head 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 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 world.

 

Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

 

IX. Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and other believers the full stature of maturity in Christ.

 

I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:9-10 Hebrews 12:1-2

 

 

X. The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a representation of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  They play no role in salvation, but are acts of obedience and honor to God, and are limited to those who have trusted in Christ alone by faith for their salvation.

 

Matthew 3:13-15; 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26

 

 

XI. Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

 

I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12

 

XII. Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with those of like faith in a denominational organization.  Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches.  Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.

 

 

XIII. The Last Things

We believe in the imminent pre-Tribulational return of the Lord Jesus Christ to gather His Church to Himself; and in His personal, visible and pre-Millennial return to earth to establish His kingdom.  We believe in the physical resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.

 

Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15