Statement of Faith

The Word of God

We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, constitute the inspired Word of God. We believe in its inerrancy, its entire trustworthiness, its completeness as a revelation of God's will for the salvation of men and women, and its divine and supreme authority for all matters of Christian faith, worship, and life.

Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are equal in divine power and glory, and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. No other names to depict the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, from other non-Christian religions will be used.

Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6

God The Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe 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.

Matthew 23:9; Luke 10:21-22; John 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, true God and true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings.  We believe in His death on the cross, His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His perpetual intercession for His people as our High Priest and Advocate.

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; Romans 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16

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.  In addition, the New Testament also indicates the importance of an ongoing, empowering work of the Spirit.  By God’s providence and for His pleasure, all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as revealed in the word of God, are available today.

John 14:16-17,26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

Man and Salvation

We believe that man, created in the image of God, fell into sin and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God.  As a consequence, all are born inwardly depraved and sinners by nature—unable to choose God.  Therefore, all are subject to God's wrath and condemnation, and all, apart from grace, are incapable of returning to God.

We believe that the obedience and shed blood of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord, provides the only ground for the justification of all who believe, and that only those who repent, forsake sin, and trust and receive Jesus Christ through faith are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation, and receive eternal life.

Genesis 1:26; Genesis 5:2; Genesis 3:1-24; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14; John 5:24; John 5:30; John 7:13; John 8:12; John 10:26; Romans 9:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3,20; Revelation 20:10,14,15; Revelation 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; Romans 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; 2 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 fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for the glory and enjoyment of God.  We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of communicating the centrality of the gospel for the supremacy of God through worship.

Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self- examination.

Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 14:22-25; Mark 16:16; Luke 22:14-20; John 4:1-2; John 6:26-71; Acts 2:38,41-42; Acts 8:12,36-39; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:32-34; Acts 18:8; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 10:3-32; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32; Galatians 3:27-28; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20-21

The Return of Christ

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 judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the eternal suffering of the wicked.

Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15; Matthew 25:46