WHAT WE BELIEVE
The following is a summary statement of our beliefs. Our Church Constitution offers a more detailed statement of our church’s belief and practice. This statement is not a summary of everything we believe the Bible teaches. This is only a statement of key doctrines we believe:
We believe the Bible as originally written to be the inspired Word of God, flawless, infallible, inerrant, pure and complete, and our only rule and guide in all matters of doctrine, faith, and Christian conduct.
II Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 3; Revelations 22:18-19; II Peter 1:19-21
We believe there is only one living and true God. He is the unlimited and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end. We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead in which there is one God with three equal eternal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 19:26; Psalm 99:9; Colossians 1:16-17; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Exodus 20:2-3.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is the separation from God, that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are morally corrupt, that those who reach moral responsibility become accountable for thought, word, and deed and must be born again to be accepted of God.
Romans 5:12; Romans 3:10-23; John 3:1-21
We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe that He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe that our Lord ascended into
Heaven, that He is now seated on the right hand of the Father, and is our High Priest and divine Advocate with the Father. We believe that by His finished work on the cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in glory, Jesus Christ has procured Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation, and Everlasting Life for every believer.
I Corinthians 15:3-4; Roman 5:9; John 3:16; John 20:27; I John 2:1; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 7:25; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26; II Corinthians 5:21
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, the He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God, that He permanently indwells the church and the body of each believer. He seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every born-again person, and is the efficient power for Godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship.
John 16:7-15; John 3:5-7; John 14:16, 17, & 26; I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 4:30
We believe that salvation is the work of Christ on the cross and its application to the individual by the Holy Spirit. The shedding of Christ’s blood is the means by which we have eternal life. Salvation is not something that we can do but what has been done for us by Jesus Christ. Salvation is attained by only one way – to believe and put one’s personal trust in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 20-31; Acts 16:31
At the moment of accepting Christ, the believer is saved from the penalty of sin. During his life, he is saved from the power of sin. In his death, he is saved from the presence of sin. We believe in the eternal security of the believer: that is, once he accepts Jesus Christ as his savior, God will never permit him to be “lost.”
Romans 8:38-39; John 5:24; John 10:28
We believe the two ordinances that Christians are commanded to observe are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While recognizing that water baptism has no saving merit, it is our conviction that after one is saved, water baptism is the next step in order to portray to the world the believer’s union with Christ. It is our conviction that the Scriptural method of water baptism is immersion. We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death till He comes. We further believe that water baptism by immersion is to be observed but once and is a sign of identification and a testimony to newness of life. But the Lord’s Supper is to be observed often as a memorial of the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:9-13; I Corinthians 11:23-33
We believe in the resurrection of the saved to eternal life, in the eternal security of the believer, of the ultimate eternal conscious joy of all who are redeemed, of the sentence to eternal Hell in endless torment of the lost, of the eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire for all who have rejected Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:51-57; John 5:28-29; John 14:1-6; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 9:17; John 8:24; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:10-15; John 10:28-29; Philemon 1:6, 21-23; I John 5:11-13; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelation 21:3-4
We believe the Holy Spirit equips every believer for ministry in the body of Christ by bestowing gifts; however, some of the gifts, such as the sign gifts and revelatory gifts, were temporary and are not for the present day.
Romans 12:18; I Corinthians 13:8