What We Believe
We believe the Bible . . . literally. That means, if the Bible says it, we believe it. Our goal is not to fashion the Bible after our attitudes and beliefs, but to see our lives align with the Word of God.
Statement of Faith (as contained in our Church Constitution)
Section 1. BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God, verbally inspired by God and inerrant in its original form, the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, and the true basis of Christian union.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 3:16, Romans 3:2, Matthew 15:6, John 10:35, Hebrews 4:12
Section 2. GODHEAD
We believe in one GOD, Creator of all , holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4, John 6:27, Hebrews 1:8, Acts 5:3-4, Matthew 28:19
Section 3. CHRIST
We believe in the absolute deity of Christ, existing with the Father before the beginning. We believe He was born of a virgin, Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for the sake of mankind, was bodily resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of God the Father, from which we eagerly await His personal and imminent return.
John 1:1, Matthew 1:16, Matthew 1:18-25, 1 John 1:9-2:2, Mark 16:19, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
Section 4. HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. He convicts concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment to come; and He regenerates, sanctifies, and illuminates all those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior. He gives spiritual gifts for service, some which being sign gifts, have ceased.
Acts 5:3-4, John 16:7-15, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Peter 4:10,
1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Corinthians 13:8-10, Hebrews 2:4, Acts 2:43,
2 Corinthians 2:12, Ephesians 2:20
Section 5. SATAN
We believe Satan exists, is the evil personality who brought sin to man, and is the enemy of God and man.
Genesis 3, Job 1, Revelation 20:7-10
Section 6. MAN
We believe man was divinely created in the image of God, but through the sin of Adam became utterly sinful and totally depraved in all aspects of his personality, thus incurring physical and spiritual death.
Genesis 2:7, Genesis 3:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Section 7. REGENERATION
We believe regeneration is an act of the Holy Spirit, whereby those who are spiritually dead in sin are made alive. Through this new birth experience the believer’s whole nature is renewed and he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This is the work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Titus 3:4-7, John 3:3-8
Section 8. REPENTANCE
We believe repentance is man’s response to God, acknowledging himself a sinner, and accepting the forgiveness freely offered by Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:19, Luke 5:31-32
Section 9. FAITH
We believe saving faith is man’s sole reliance on Christ’s unique provision of salvation for his soul.
Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:30-31
Section 10. JUSTIFICATION
We believe justification is the repentant and regenerated man’s release from the guilt of sin and acceptance of man by God as righteous, through the atoning work of Christ on the cross.
Galatians 2:15-16, Romans 4:25
Section 11. PERSEVERANCE
We believe no true believer will ever by lost, but salvation will be his eternally, even though he may disobey God’s commands. While we do not condone sin, we believe fellowship with God can be restored through repentance.
Romans 8:35-39, John 10:27-30, Hebrews 13:5
Section 12. FUTURE THINGS
We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, premillenial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; and in the eternal blessings of the redeemed and the eternal punishment of the unregenerated soul.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:31-46
Section 13. ORDINANCES
We believe the New Testament teaches two ordinances to be practiced by the church. Those two being Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism by immersion is a one time event to follow a person’s profession of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Baptism is an outward picture of an inward change of heart.
Matthew 28:16-20, Romans 6:1-5
B. THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the bread and the cup is for those professing faith in Christ for salvation. It is to be served and taken as frequently as the leadership of the church deems fit. the cup represents the shed blood of Christ and the bread symbolizes the broken body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:23-29