Who We Are
what we believe
We believe that the Bible is the revealed Word of God, which was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. We believe it to be inerrant, trustworthy, and the final authority, when accurately interpreted, in all matters of faith and conduct. We believe it is free from any defect and is a complete revelation of His will for salvation. The Holy Bible is sufficient both for the rule and practice of Christian faith, and is the sole and ultimate source of God's authority for men.
We believe there to be only one true and living God, eternally existing (i.e., never created) in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is the God that we believe is revealed from Scripture. We believe each person of the trinity to be equal in essence both in attributes and perfections and execute harmoniously the offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. We also believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equally worthy of our worship, confidence, and obedience.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, the first person of the trinity. We believe God to be infinite, all powerful, uncreated, all knowing, and all loving. We believe Him to be sovereign over all living things and deals with mankind lovingly and mercifully to those who come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
God the Son
We believe in Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity. We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He is perfect in every way and is without sin. He is God incarnate and the redeemer of mankind dying a sinner’s death, crucified on a cross, and rose from the dead and is now ascended into heaven. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself perfect humanity, yet retained His deity. He died a substitutionary death of atonement, satisfying God the Father’s holy judgment against the sin of man. We believe in His bodily resurrection which proved and validated all of His teachings and claims of divinity.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine, and is the third person of the trinity. We believe that He has been sent from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. We believe Him to regenerate, indwell, sanctify, illuminate, unite, empower, and seal all who believe and confess in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Condition of Man
We believe that God created man in his image and after His own likeness, free from sin and enjoying a perfect relationship with God. We believe that man voluntarily rebelled against God by falling into sin, thus incurring the judgments of physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is essentially separation from God. We believe man to be utterly lost and totally depraved apart from the grace of God shown and demonstrated through Jesus Christ.
We believe salvation from sin, eternal death, and condemnation only comes through Jesus Christ who atones for the sins of men; no human merit can add in the least degree to the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Those who repent and believe in Him are born again through the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
We believe in the universal Church that Jesus established. He Himself is the head of the church and all who have been baptized in the Spirit upon a genuine and true confession of faith. It is also a local autonomous body of believers who associate and congregate for instruction, prayer, worship, fellowship, service, the observance of the two ordinances (The Lord Supper, and baptism), and who proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth.
We believe that Jesus commanded the Church, the assembly of believers, to observe two New Testament ordinances, water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.