We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections; that this God created all, sustains all, and governs all. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Nehemiah 9:6)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary as the Messiah in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2;14; Luke 1:35). We believe that Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as 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 that Jesus ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God as our High Priest. Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He empowers believers to live a godly life by 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).
We believe that man 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; Man is sinful and unable to remedy his lost condition apart from accepting the work of Jesus on the cross. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3;12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal confession and faith in Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to His children to minister to one another and bring Glory to Him. We believe that the spiritual gifts we read of in Scripture are the same gifts we see operating in the church today. We also believe that the evidence of particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove a person’s salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:7,11,13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).
We believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ made up people who have been born again. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that 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 churches, 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; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4).
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism by full immersion in water is the next step in the Christian walk after a person has decided to follow Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It is the opportunity to publicly identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s supper also known as the Holy Communion, which is the commemoration of the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ until He comes. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).
We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord Jesus, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism and that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ has been commissioned by him to evangelize and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 9:35-38, 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.