Statement of Faith
What Do We Believe?
WE BELIEVE that all the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that they are the infallible rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER, the Creator of all things, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; 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.
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; His substitutionary atoning death as the only path to eternal life; His bodily resurrection; ascension into heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and His personal, visible return to earth.
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, who came forth from the Father after the ascension of Christ to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, either at the time of or subsequent to regeneration, which is a separate work from the indwelling Spirit for salvation. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit.
WE BELIEVE IN THE VIRGIN BIRTH, whereby Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary’s womb and therefore Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and without original sin.
WE BELIEVE that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness of sin are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
WE BELIEVE that we are saved by grace through a personal faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God and not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.
WE BELIEVE Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
WE BELIEVE that Heaven is a literal place where the Lord will gather all believers after the rapture of the church. In the fullness of time, God will create a new heaven and earth where we will live with him eternally in his perfect and glorious kingdom on the new earth.
WE BELIEVE that Hell is a literal place of eternal death, and the consequential destination of those who do not receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
WE AWAIT the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth, which will be personal and visible.
WE BELIEVE that while all true believers will receive eternal life in God’s kingdom, we will each be rewarded individually for our faith and service to God and are to live this life in such a way as to lay up treasure in heaven. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, and participation in adult baptism by immersion and the observance of communion.
WE ARE NEITHER FIVE-POINT CALVINISTS, NOR ARE WE ARMINIANS. We adhere firmly to the biblical teaching of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. We avoid any theological systems of belief that go beyond the written Word and thereby divide the body of Christ.
WE DO NOT BELIEVE in “positive confession” (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will), human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures, the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology into biblical teaching, the overemphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching, or that true Christians can be demon-possessed.
WE BELIEVE in the church as being the living spiritual body of all true believers, of which Christ is the head. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member and is intended to act in unity and mutual servant leadership through the exercise of individual spiritual gifts of each believer.
WE BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: 1) baptism and 2) communion. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion as a symbolic memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (agape) love, which is greater than differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be spiritual; therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be inspirational; therefore, we give great place to music in our worship.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be intelligent; therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshiped. We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual’s life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ. We teach both expositionally and topically.
WE BELIEVE worship of God should be fruitful; therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.
WE BELIEVE that the church government should follow the simple biblical model rather than a complex bureaucracy and we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible clearly delineates that spiritual gifts are for the edification of the body and that they are to be exercised in love. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless. In our services, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God.