WHAT WE BELIEVE:
The WORD of GOD:
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the inspired Word of God, fully authoritative, infallible and inerrant in their original writings,
2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21 and they are complete as the Revelation of God's will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
Deut. 6:4-9, 11:13-19, Psalm 19:7-11; 119:89-104, 1 Corinthians 10:8-12 (We approach the reading, studying, and applying of God's Word utilizing the literal-grammatical-contextual-historical method of Bible Study.
2 Timothy 2:15 )
We believe in ONE True and Living God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, Eternally Existing in Three Persons : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - [The Trinity - Not Three gods];
Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6-8, 45:5, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Corinthians 8:4
. Equal in every divine perfection, and that Each executes distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. One God, one substance, one undivided Divine Being... revealed in three Persons of the Godhead. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
; He is the God of the Bible, the God of Creation, the God of Nature, the God of History, the God of the Universe, the God of Time and the God of everything... past, present, and future... the ONLY - One, True & Living God. God is
Eternal (Psalm 90:2)
(1 Timothy 1:17)
Sovereign (Psalm 93:1)
. God is
Omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6)
Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13)
Omnipotent (Revelation 19:6)
Unchanging (Malachi 3:6)
. God is
Holy (Isaiah 6:3)
Righteous (Exodus 9:27)
. God is
Love (1 John 4:8)
Merciful (1 Peter 1:3)
Good (Romans 8:28)
- Old Testament Implications:
Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Psalm 2:7-9, Psalm 110:1-7, Isaiah 9:6-7
- New Testament Indications:
Matthew 3:16-17, John 1:1-3, 1:14-18, 10:30, Acts 5:3-4, Gal. 1:1-5, Col. 1:15-20, Heb. 1:8
God the Father:
We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Ex. 3:1-18, Zeph. 3:17, Mat. 5:45, John 1:12-13, Rom. 5:10-11, 1 Cor. 8:5-6, Eph. 3:14-19, 1 Tim. 4:10
We believe that Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son, the Eternal and Living Word of God, and He has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 2:7, John 3:16-17, Hebrews 1:5, John 10:30, 17:24, Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9
We believe Jesus Christ is the only unique Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross, in the place of man, as the only sufficient sacrifice. He rose from the dead, bodily, three full days later and has ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God, and lives to always intercede for believers in Him.
We, also, believe in His personal, visible, and real, pre-millennial return from heaven to rule and reign here on earth to rule over all the universe and of all of the earth and over all of the heavens from Jerusalem, sitting upon the throne of David in redeemed Israel.
Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 24:1-8, 44-48; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 2:22-36; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11; Revelation 20:4-7; Isaiah 9:6-7
We believe in the Holy Spirit, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. We believe in His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, sealing, baptizing, and preservation of the believer. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, apply Christ's redemption which was purchased upon the cross to the believer, to implement Christ's work of redeeming the lost, and empowering the believer for godly living and service. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells all, true, "born again" believers and baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ from the moment of salvation and that He seals them until the return of Jesus Christ (i.e.: "the day of redemption"). The Holy Spirit also empowers believers to be effective and frutful witnesses to the lost and to build up the Body of Christ utilizing spiritual gifts that He sovereignly supplies to each believer from the moment of salvation.
John 14:16-27; Rom. 8:1-39; 1 Cor. 12:7-13; 2 Cor. 2:14-3:11; 2 Thes. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:4-7
We believe God, in the beginning, created man (not by any
"natural" evolutionary process), male and female (i.e.: Adam and Eve), in the image of God and free from sin. [We, also, believe in the literal-historical account of Genesis chapters 1 & 2 regarding the creation of the physical universe in 6 literal (24-hour) days, as written.] We are Adam's descendants from the point of conception.
Genesis 1:26-30, 5:1-3; 9:6; Psalms 8:1ff; 139:1ff.. By human choice, man became a sinner, and is therefore spiritually dead.
Genesis 3, Romans 3:10-11,23 ; 5:12-19 ; 6:23, Psalm 14 . ...We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 55:6-12, Romans 5:8; 10:8-15; Titus 3:4-7
We believe that Salvation is by God's Loving and Free Grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption, alone.
Eph. 2:4-10 We further believe that this salvation is Eternally Secure,
Matthew 25:34, Ephesians 1:3-14 and was purchased by Christ upon the cross,
Philippians 2:6-11, Colossians 1:19-23, Hebrews 12:1-2 and is received by humans through repentant and trusting faith, apart from any human merit, works or ritual.
Ephesians 2:4-10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Corinthians 12:13... We, also, believe that true and genuine salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper evangelistic and social concern.
Romans 6:1-14; Romans chapter 12 and Romans chapter 13; 2 Corinthians 5:14-22; Gal. 5:13-26; Ephesians 2:13,14; 4:1-32.
We believe that the Church is the Spiritual Body of which Christ is the Head.
Ephesians 1:15-23, 5:23, Colossians 1:18 We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated.
Acts 2:38-47; Ephesians 2:11-22; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Titus 3:4-7
We believe that this body expresses herself in distinct local assemblies or congregations whose members have been immersed in water baptism upon a credible confession of faith and have voluntarily associated themselves by mutual covenant for worship, for instruction and equipping, for edification, for evangelism, for mission, and for service.
Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 1:4-6, 4:11-16
We believe the ordinances of the local church are Believer's Baptism by Immersion and The Lord's Supper.
Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, 1 Cor. 11:2, 23-26 Although these ordinances were ordained by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we understand that they are symbolic in nature and do not convey or "transmit" salvation to the participant, but they are symbolic acts of obedience of the already saved, born-again follower of Jesus Christ.
We, also, believe in the autonomy and voluntary interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:1-4, 11-16; 5:18-22
We, also, believe that God has ordained that certain men, called of God, to be shepherding-overseers (i.e. "elders"), that should lead each local church family in overall church governance, by example and by the teaching and proclamation of God's Word.
Acts 20:27-32; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 5:17-20; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Hebrews 13:7,17
We believe in the blessed hope
(Titus 2:13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom
(Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6). We believe in the physical resurrection of all men - the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire
(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord
(Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment
(Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).
Full Statement of Faith
10 AM Sundays