Statement of Faith
DOCTRINE OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that it was written by men divinely inspired and that it is of supreme final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 4:12
DOCTRINE OF GOD
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19, John 4:24
DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
John 1:1-4, John 3:16, Matthew 1:20, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Philippians 2:5-11
DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, whose ministry is to convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment, to regenerate the unbelieving, and to sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.
John 16:8-11, John 3:3, 7; John 14:26
DOCTRINE OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God, and that all men are sinful both by nature and by choice.
Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, Romans 5:12-14, Ephesians 2:3, Romans 3:23
DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
I Corinthians 15:3-4, Revelation 1:5
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:3, John 3:7, John 1:1
DOCTRINE OF LAST THINGS
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe in the personal, visible, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His Kingdom upon the earth.
I Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:8-11, Hebrews 14:16, I John 2:1-2, I Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 19:11-16,
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
Revelation 20:12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:8
DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members; and that the local, visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated together for worship, work, and fellowship.
I Corinthians 12:1-13, Matthew 16:16-18, Acts 2:42-47
We believe in the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper in obedience to the commands of Christ; that Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as the outward expression of an inward experience of salvation and union with Christ.
Matthew 26:26-29, I Corinthians 11:23-30, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:36-38, Romans 6:3-4
We believe that every person is directly responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, and that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference from any ecclesiastical or political authority.