What We Believe

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; James 1:22)

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; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 John 5:8)

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He is Sovereign over all creation, that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, 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. (Luke 10:21, 22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6; Isaiah 40: 28-31; 46: 9-11; 48:3-5)

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 that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 1:4; 9:5; II Corinthians 5:21; II 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; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; I John 4:1-3)

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, and empower 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 16:5-15; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26; Matthew 3:11)

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 the power of sin and condemnation, and receive eternal life. We believe that in regeneration, God gives the believer a new heart which loves Him. We believe that regeneration is a real work of God which always produces visible fruit in the life of a believer. We believe that in regeneration, the old man is crucified and a man is changed from being an enemy of God who loves sin, into an adopted son of God who is dead to sin and loves righteousness. (Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3: Genesis 2:17; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; Psalm 51:5,7; 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)

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, characterized by their love for one another, 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; John 13:34-35)

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 into the name of the triune God. 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. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

Church Cooperation

We believe that the members of this church are truly one with all who have been born again. When Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another,” He intended that we deeply and truly love all believers, not just those in our local fellowship or particular denomination. We also acknowledge that all unity must be based on truth and humbly ask the Lord to guide us in this matter. (John 13:35; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; 1 Corinthians 8:11; John 16:13; Ephesians 4:3; James 1:5)

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. We believe the Bible emphasizes the sudden, unexpected coming of our Lord, and commands and warns us to be watchful, ready, and prepared. (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 20:11-15; Revelation 19:3; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Matthew 24:37-39, 42-51; Matthew 25:1-13; II Peter 3:11-12)

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 not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of his mind; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; that he should love Jesus Christ above all things; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 14:26-33)

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