What We Believe

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Bible

We believe in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that God is the Creator of our world and sustainer and Lord of our lives.

 

Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that man sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that, as a result of this sin first committed by Adam, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, are accountable as sinners in thought, word, and deed.

Jesus

We believe Jesus Christ is the one and living Son of God and our Savior. Through Him, God opened the way of abundant and eternal life through His death, burial and resurrection, to all who call on the name of Jesus. Jesus instituted a new covenant with God that succeeded and transcended His former covenant with the people of Israel: hence, we accept the Old Testament as preparatory to the New Testament, and we rejoice that we are related to God through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and not through the law.

Salvation

Salvation is totally by God’s grace, an unmerited gift to the believer. This gift is received by faith alone, apart from any works of the believer. It is the gift of the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life. Those accepting Christ should repent of their sins, confess their faith and be baptized into Jesus. True faith is then always accompanied by a determination to follow Jesus in a life of obedience and good works.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God Himself and is encouraging, guiding, and transforming us in the way of Christ. The Holy Spirit gives various gifts to the members of the body so that every member can make a contribution to the effective ministry of the entire church.

The Church

There is one universal church of which Christ is the Head, made up of true believers in all places and in all times. The visible local church is the ordinary means of the spread of God’s kingdom and the building up of God’s people in Christ. The marks of a true church are the proclamation of the whole revelation of God in Scripture, the biblical administration of communion & water baptism, the exercise of biblical church leadership, the edifying use of the spiritual gifts given to the members of the body, and a manifestation of unity and love among the members.

Last Things

We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The righteous and the unrighteous will be resurrected to face final judgment. The unrighteous will suffer eternal punishment in hell and the righteous will enjoy eternal blessedness in heaven.