Our Beliefs

From the times of the early church to today, Christians have set out to express their beliefs in concise, definitive statements.  We believe that historic, biblical Christianity depends on unity centered on a set of core truths.  We, therefore, believe it necessary to express these truths as a foundation upon which this local church is based.

  1. The Bible.  We believe that God is the originating author of the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which both record and provide the means of His saving work in the world.  These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, complete in their revelation of His will for salvation, sufficient for knowing all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over everything to which it speaks.  The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.  As God’s people hear, believe, and obey the Word, they are nurtured in their faith and equipped as disciples of Christ and as witnesses to the transforming power of the gospel.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
  2. God.  We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This God is infinitely perfect in all his attributes.  His being, wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.  He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things and is therefore alone worthy to receive man’s worship, allegiance, and whole-hearted love. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5;  1 Timothy 2:5)
  3. Man’s Creation and Fallen Condition.  We believe that God created man—male and female—in His own image.  We are part of God’s creation that He declared to be very good (Gen. 1:31).  God created us to govern, care for, and enjoy the beauty and goodness of His creation in fellowship with Him and under His authority.  We believe that Adam, by voluntarily disobeying God and falling into sin through Satan’s temptation, acted in rebellion against God and declared his independence from God.  Adam acted as a representative of the entire human race and as a result, all human beings are born into sin, alienated from God, in rebellion against Him, and radically corrupted in every aspect of their being (physically, mentally, willfully, emotionally, socially and spiritually).  In our rebellion against God, we have not only corrupted our own lives, we have corrupted our society and the world that God created us to govern, care for, and enjoy.  We deserve God’s anger and curse for rebelling against Him.  The one great and universal need of all people is to be reconciled to God (to be right with Him), under whose just judgment we stand; the only hope of all people is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and bring us back into life-giving relationship with Himself.  (Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 6:26; Romans 3:23)
  4. God’s Gracious Provision: The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We believe that in His love and mercy, God has purposed to save guilty sinners from every tribe, language, people, and nation.  He has accomplished this salvation through Jesus Christ, who being fully God from all eternity, also became a man.  Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, died on the cross, rose physically from the dead, and will one day return to judge the world.  Because He was fully man, He was able to be our perfect substitute.  Because He was fully God, He was able to bear the full punishment that we deserve for our rebellion against an infinite, holy God.  Jesus Christ’s death on the cross demonstrates God’s perfect justice and His great love.  Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and in so doing, demonstrated His power over sin and death.  There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Eph. 2:8-9)
  5. Our Response to the Gospel:  Faith and Repentance.  We believe our rebellion against God left us spiritually dead and, apart from God’s intervention, we are unable to do anything that would pay for our sins against a holy God.  However, God graciously initiates by calling people from every language, people, and nation enabling them to respond to His call to salvation with repentance and faith. In repentance we turn away from both our sin and any confidence we might have in our own goodness and in faith we entrust ourselves completely to Jesus Christ and what He has done on our behalf.  Faith and repentance are inseparable.  It is impossible to have true faith without repentance.  Likewise, it is impossible to be genuinely repentant without having faith as well.  (John 3:16-17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Eph. 2:8-9)
  6. The Free Gift of God:  JustificationWe believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  When a person turns to Christ in faith and repentance, he or she is justified (declared “not guilty”).  When a person is justified, his or her sins are credited to Christ and Christ’s righteousness is credited to him or her in a way that the person is declared righteous and fully accepted by God.  Just as Adam perfectly represented us when he fell into sin, so for all those who turn to Christ in faith and repentance, Christ is our perfect representative who bears our sin and credits His righteousness to us.  (Romans 3:24)
  7. The Power of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that this salvation, confirmed in Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to His people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the “Helper” (John 15:26), is present with and in true believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by His powerful and mysterious work makes spiritually-dead sinners alive again.  Through this they are awakened to repentance and faith, baptizing into union with the Lord Jesus, and are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit’s agency, true believers are renewed, sanctified (set apart), and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and receive His sovereignty-distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is Himself the “down payment” of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers true believers for Christ-like living and service.  We believe that sanctification (growing in holiness) is a progressive work that begins at conversion and, though it is carried out by the presence and power of the Spirit, is a work with which the individual believer cooperates especially by means of engagement in active obedience, prayer, study and reflection on Scripture, worship, and true fellowship with other believers.  Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace.  Though indwelling sin remains, actual growth in holiness is the norm for the Christian life.  We believe all true believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit, who protects and preserves Christians until they reach their inheritance.  The grand mark that distinguishes true believers is that they will endure in their faith and love to the end.  (Ephesians1:13;4:30; 1 Cor. 13; 2 Cor1:22; Hebrews3:14;6:11-12)
  8. The Church.  We believe the Church is made up of all those who have, by faith, received the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.  This universal church is manifested in local gatherings of believers of which Christ is the only Head.  We believe that every one who is part of the universal church should be part of a local church.  We believe the church should neither hide from the world nor blend in with the world but should be distinctively engaged in the world as both “salt” and “light” (Matt. 5:13-14).   The church is distinguished by her faithful gospel preaching, her faithful worship of God, her faithful observance of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, her faithful engagement in the Great Commission to take the gospel to the nations, her faithful obedience, and above all, by her love for God and by her members’ love for one another.  The church is a body of which God has blessed its individual members with diverse gifts.  These gifts are to be used to serve the body.  (Romans 12:4-21; 1 Corinthians; 12;4-11, 27; Ephesians 4:7-16)
  9. Baptism and Communion.  We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded that two ordinances be practiced by the local church: baptism and communion.  Baptism is to be performed by water immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This water baptism is a visual sign of a person’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  It signifies that one’s former way of life has been put to death, that one is released from the mastery of sin, and that one has entered into a new life of obedience and faith.  We believe only those who are old enough to have a basic understanding of God’s gift of salvation, and the commitment it requires, should be baptized.  Christ instituted communion as a remembrance of His sacrificial death.  It is to be observed only by true believers.  These two ordinances are to be observed and administered until Jesus’ return. (Matthew 28:18-21; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  10. The Restoration of All Things.  We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His holy angels, when He will exercise His role as final Judge, and His kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust (John5:28-29) —the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of Him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and His people will be enthralled by the nearness of His inexpressible holiness, and everything will be to the praise of His glorious grace.  (Matthew 24:36-44; 25:41-46; John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 15:42-52; 2 Peter 3:10-14; Revelation 20:4-15)

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