Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16
We believe in one God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things. Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His death and resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15
We believe in personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Luke 24:46-47; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7
We believe in sanctification through the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit, and we believe in personal holiness, and purity of heart and life. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14
We believe in water baptism; in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as distinct from the new birth; in speaking with tongues, as the Spirit of God give utterance (Acts 2:4); in the gifts of the Spirit; and in the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit.
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Healing—body, soul, and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of elder and deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church.
We believe in the full function of the five-fold ministry which was given to perfect and equip the saints so they can enter into the work of their ministry, thereby edifying the whole Body of Christ. [Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:28.] We believe in the present day ministries of the apostles and prophets, which Christ has set in the Church as foundational and revelational ministries.
Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is effected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.
We believe in evangelism and missionary work, in accordance with Jesus’ commission to His church. Matthew 28:19