What We Believe
We believe that all 66 books of the Bible are given by God. These 66 books comprise one book, with one message, for one purpose. That one message is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The one purpose is the exaltation of the Son of God.
We believe that human authors were used of God to write the very Word of God. God encompassed times, events, places, persons, and personalities in the compilation of the Scriptures. All the while, maintaining absolute inerrancy and infallibility of the original texts.
We believe the Scripture alone is the absolute standard for faith and practice.
We believe that there is one true and living God. He perfectly exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons while maintaining perfect unity as one. He is the absolute sovereign of the universe. He is all wise, all knowing, and all powerful. He was and is and forever will be. There has never not been God, He is eternal.
God the Father
We believe God’s self revelation allows us to call Him Father. He is the heavenly Father of the Son, Jesus. He is the loving, kind, and gracious Father to all that turn to Him in faith and repentance.
God the Son, Jesus Christ
We believe that God the Son is the exact image of the Father. He is God in flesh. He is perfectly man while being perfectly God. Jesus was born to the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, all the while fulfilling the law of God. He was crucified, dead and buried. But on the third day He arose victorious, defeating death and the grave.
We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven with a promise to return. We believe this return will be a physical return of the Son of God.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe God the Holy Spirit to be equal within the Godhead. He brings conviction into the heart of man. He always exalts the Son. He gifts the believer with spiritual gifts used for edifying the church and winning the lost to Christ. He can be grieved by the people of God. We seek never to do that. Also, we affirm that He is fully received at conversion.
We affirm the dignity of all men because all men were created in the image of God. This applies to all seasons of life as well as to all physical and mental capabilities.
Though man was created in the image of God, man through Adam chose sin. By this rebellious act in the Garden of Eden, all men are born into sin. Thus, we are all sinners by nature and by choice. We affirm the total depravity of man. Without the common grace of God there would be no goodwill of any kind.
Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ and is a sovereign work of God. It is only by the grace of God that anyone can be saved. We affirm the doctrine of election as a loving act of God in effectually calling His chosen people to faith. This biblical truth does not negate the responsibility of man which is also affirmed in Scripture.
It is by His sacrificial death that one may be saved. The depraved heart is awakened by God so that he may repent and believe. These (faith & repentance) are gifts only God can give. Only by faith alone in Christ alone can a man be saved. When this happens a man is said to be born again, made into a new creation. Christ Jesus now resides in the heart of the redeemed sinner.
This great salvation is substitutionary by nature. Jesus took the sins of His people on Himself and gave His righteousness to them. This places His people in right standing and forgiven before the holy God. There is no greater love.
Salvation encompasses the sanctification (the process of being made more in the image of Jesus while on earth) and glorification (when redemption is full and final) of the believer. We rest assured that His atoning work is sufficient to carry us through to eternity.
This salvation is not only eternal, but free. Man can not attain salvation by his own efforts, works, intellect, finances, deeds, religion nor any other device of man.
V. The Church
We believe the church is the bride of Christ. The church functions as the body of Christ. All believers are part of the church universal and should be committed to a local expression of the church found in a local fellowship.
The local fellowship is a baptized (by immersion) group of believers of like mind that seek to glorify God within the local body and within the world. Within the local fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are practiced; spiritual gifts are used for mutual edification. The offices of elder/ pastor and deacon are affirmed. These offices are for men who align with the scriptural teaching concerning both.
We affirm church membership. Membership allows for church discipline which is a God ordained means of a believer’s sanctification.
The church should have the goals of evangelism and discipleship for the glory of God. Preaching and teaching should always be a priority for the church. This is a major part in the equipping of the saints and their sanctification.
VI. The Family
We believe that God has ordained marriage to be between a man and woman only. Christian marriage should be between two believing partners. It is for the fruitful endeavor of furthering the Gospel, raising children in the instruction of the Lord (if God so chooses to give children), for being a picture to the world of Christ and His bride, for the good of society, and for marital pleasure. The marriage bed should be kept pure before and after marriage. Couples should never seek divorce but always reconciliation except concerning issues in which the Scripture addresses. Even then the hope and goal is reconciliation. Divorce does not leave one hopeless or unusable in the Kingdom of God and His church.
We also affirm and encourage the blessed state of singleness. Singleness can be through choice, spiritual giftedness, or by sovereign circumstances. Singles are a pleasure to God as well as to His church and should be viable members in the functioning of the church.
Children should obey their parents in the Lord. The church is only part of the child’s nurturing in the Lord, the family has full responsibility in this endeavor. Parents should always seek to train and discipline children in a way that honors the Lord.
A non-exhaustive Scripture reference for the above:
Exodus 31:18, Isaiah 30:8, 40:8, Psalm 119, Matthew 5:17-18, Luke 21:33, 24:13-49, John 5:39, 17:17, Romans 15:4, II Timothy 3:15-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12, II Peter 1:19-21, 3:15-16
Genesis 1:1, 1:26, 3:22, 11:17, Job 36:26, Psalm 90:2, 102:25-27, Isaiah 46:9-11, 63:10, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, I Corinthians 12:4-6, Hebrews 1:1-3, 13:8, I Peter 1:2, Jude 20-21, Revelation 1:8, 4:8
Matthew 6:9, 28:19, Luke 13:3-5, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, I John 3:1, 4:7-10
Matthew 1:18-25, 3:16-17, 5:17, 27-28, John 1, 3:16, 8:58, Acts 1:9-11, II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 1:1-3, 13:8
Matthew 4:1, 28:19, John 14:15-17, 16:5-15
Genesis 1:26-27, 3, Romans 3:9-20, 5:18, Hebrews 9:27-28
Mark 1:15, Romans 5,8,9, II Corinthians 5:16-21, Ephesians 1-2, I John 4:19
Matthew 3:13-17, 16:18, 18:15-20, 26:17-30, 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, 42-47, I Corinthians 5:1-5, 11:17-34, 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:10, 4:12, 5:25, I Timothy 3, Titus 1:5, Revelation 19:7, 21:2
Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5:22-6:4, Matthew 5:31-32, 19:1-12, I Corinthians 6:12-7, II Corinthians 6: 14-18