OUR BELIEFS

We affirm the truths found in the NICENE CREED.

We agree with the doctrine statement of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EVANGELICALS.

BIBLE

(2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:19-21Matthew 5:17-18John 10:34-3616:12-13)

We believe the Bible, consisting of 66 books in both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. It is the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of men and women, and the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

TRINITY

(Deuteronomy 6:4Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in one God who exists eternally in 3 persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function, having the same nature and perfections. We believe that the Triune God is sovereign and that all things exist and come to pass by His sovereign will, and that all things will, in the end, result in the glory of God.

FATHER

(Exodus 34.6-7John 3.16John 4.23-241 Corinthians 8:6Ephesians 1.3)

We believe in God the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him. He is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He actively and mercifully intervenes in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

JESUS

(Luke 1:35John 1:1-18Acts 1:9-10Romans 3:24 & 8:24Ephesians 1:7Colossians 1.15-23I Peter 1:3-5 &2:24Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 9:24I John 2:1-2)

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, existing equal throughout eternity with the Father and Holy Spirit, by whom are all things and we exist through Him. He exists as the eternal Son of God, yet became a man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.

HOLY SPIRIT

(John 3.3-8 & 14.15-27 & 16.5-15Romans 8.9-17Galatians 5.16-26Ephesians 5.18-21)

We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God, existing equal throughout eternity with the Father and the Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus by convicting non-Christians of their need for Christ; giving new birth to believing sinners; and indwelling, sanctifying, leading, teaching, and empowering believers for godly living and service.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

(Rom 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12, 14)

We believe that all of the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible continue to be distributed by the Spirit today. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts and that particular spiritual gifts are not required for salvation, nor do they prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God that is given to him; that these gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry; and that these gifts are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines.

HUMANITY

(Genesis 1:26-27Acts 2.38-39Romans 3:9-26 & 5:12-21Ephesians 2:1-12)

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God. However, through Adam’s sin the race fell, every individual inherited a sinful nature, becoming alienated from God and hostile towards God. Man is not sinful because he sins, but because he has a sin nature. Apart from the Holy Spirit, men and women are spiritually dead and both unwilling and incapable of seeking God. We believe that those who confess and repent of their sin and place their hope for salvation in Jesus Christ, are spiritually born again to new life by the Holy Spirit.

SALVATION

(John 1:12 & 3:16-17 & 8:23-24Acts 16:29-34Romans 3:21-31 & 10:9-10Ephesians 1:7 & 2:4-101 Timothy 2:3-6Titus 3:5-7 I Peter 1:18-19)

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Only in the finished work of Christ’s death, burial, and bodily resurrection is provision made for man’s complete forgiveness of sins and full acceptance by God. As a result of faith, based upon the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God justifies or declares righteous the one who believes. The idea of salvation originated in the heart of the father, was carried out by the obedience of the Son, and was accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus and His resurrection provide the only grounds for the forgiveness of sins for all who believe and that only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit, become children of God, and are given eternal life.

CHURCH

(Matthew 28:18-20Acts 14:27 & 18:22 & 20:17I Corinthians 12:12-142 Corinthians 11:2Ephesians 1:22-23 & 2:14-22 & 4.1-5 & 5:25-27Colossians 1:18I Timothy 3:1-3 & Titus 1:5-11)

We believe that the Church is composed of all people, throughout all of time, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are united together in the Body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. A local church is an assembly of born-again, baptized believers who practice the ordinances, meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, and who actively engage in the mission of God. The Church has been commissioned by Jesus to go into the entire world as a witness, making disciples of all peoples by preaching the Gospel and teaching them to observe all that Christ has commanded. We believe that the Great Commission is most effectively accomplished through the local church. Throughout the week, the local church is scattered to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God's glory and their joy.

ORDINANCES

(Matthew 26.26-29 & 28:19-20Acts 2:38-42Acts 18:8Romans 6:3-4I Corinthians 11:17-32Colossians 2:11-12)

We believe the following three ordinances have been established by God as channels of His grace to us, provided we practice them in faith.

Baptism- We practice the baptism of believers. We give freedom for each church to choose which mode of baptism to practice- sprinkling (aspersion), pouring (affusion), or immersion- and we see both Biblical truth and imagery behind each mode. Sprinkling- Hebrews 10.22; Pouring- Acts 2.17; Immersion- Romans 6.3-4.

Communion- We believe communion is both a remembrance and a proclamation of the death of Jesus on behalf of humanity (Matthew 26.26-28Luke 22.19-201 Corinthians 11.23-26). There is freedom for each church to decide how to take communion (common cup, intinction, individual servings) and how often to do so.

Christian Marriage- Christian marriage is a loving, exclusive, and covenantal union between one man (born male) and one woman (born female) for life (Genesis 2.23-24 and Matthew 19.4-6). This union is the only appropriate context for sexual intimacy and all sexual activity outside of this union is sinful (Hebrews 13.4). We believe Christian marriage is a reflection of the union between Jesus and His Church (Ephesians 5.25-33).

SECOND COMING

(Matthew 24; John 14:1-41 Corinthians 15.35-582 Corinthians 5:1-101 Thessalonians 1:5-10 & 4:16-18;Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 19-21)

We believe that the bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our future hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection from the dead: of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting separation from God.