We believe in the only true God, Who created all things and upholds all things by the Word of His power. In Him we live and move and have our being. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature and attributes, and are worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience.
We believe in the complete deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe Him to be wholly God and wholly man (John 1:1, 1:14, 1:18, John 14:8-9, 1 Timothy 3:16).
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14), to convict the world of sin, of God's righteousness, and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11); and to enable sinners to believe (John 6:44, 12:32, 16:7-8).The Holy Spirit regenerates and brings all believers into one body (the Church), of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers the believer for godly living (Mark 13:11, John 14:26, John 16:13, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16).
We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and that the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are God's complete and sufficient revelation and carry God's authority for all mankind (Psalm 119:97-104, Psalm 119:160, Matthew 5:18, John 5:46-47, John 10:35, 2 Timothy 3:15-16).
We believe man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker; but by voluntarily transgressing, he fell from his sinless and happy state. Consequently, all mankind is sinful. All people are sinners by their own choice and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved and needs a Savior (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 3:10-19, Romans 1:18, Romans 1:32).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that each person who by faith receives Him as personal Savior is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ's shed blood on the cross. We believe that salvation is of Christ and Christ alone (Romans 8:37-39, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 12:13).
Baptism and Communion
Baptism and communion are the two ordinances instituted by Christ which are required in the church. We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It is commanded of all believers and is for believers only (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41, Acts 18:8). The waters of baptism are a symbol of our death, burial, and resurrection to newness of life that happens when we become new creations in Christ (John 17:3, Matthew 28:19-20, Revelation 4:11, Hebrews 1:3, Acts 17:28, Mark 12:29, John 1:1-4, Acts 4:3-4), and is required of all believers (Colossians 2:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:1-4).
Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ's death, and a reminder (through the bread and juice) of the Savior's broken body and shed blood. Communion is to be a time of confession of our sin and should be preceded by careful self-examination (Acts 4:13, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Corinthians 11:20-29).
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven, and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate (Acts 1:3, Acts 1:9, Hebrews 7:25-26).
Upon placing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, which is the church. There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to disciple all believers (Ephesians 5:23, Romans 12:1, Acts 2:42-46, 1 Corinthians 14:26, Matthew 28:18-20).
Realizing that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship, we commit ourselves to an ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world, making it our obligation to encourage, equip, send and support both local and global missions for the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe in the importance of serving the body of Christ by offering clear paths for people to start and develop healthy and growing relationships with others in the church body. Church membership is a byproduct of people who are growing in Christ and who grasp the importance of serving the Lord by using their gifts to serve others in the local church. Church membership implies service for the growth and effectiveness of the church mission.
Process of Sanctification and Maturity (Discipleship)
Mature disciples walk with Christ, worship Christ, and work for Christ. That person will experience significant growth in personal sanctification and, therefore, will experience a closer personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28). We believe that this is key to the healthy growth of the church. We believe the disciples of Jesus Christ should minister to one another in the local church, rather than one or a small number of pastor/elders bearing total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. God has given spiritual gifts to all of His people to provide mutual ministry in the context of the healthy and strong local church (Ephesians 4:11-12).
The chief purpose of mankind is to glorify God by loving Him with the entire heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5, Isaiah 43:7, Matthew 22:37). All believing men, women, and children are to glorify God and thus fulfill the purpose of their existence. Worship glorifies God through adoration (Psalm 95:6), praise (Psalm 99:5), prayer (Daniel 6:10-11), thanksgiving (Nehemiah 12:46), and a complete yielding to Him (Romans 12:1). Worship declares His worth, pays Him reverence, and celebrates Him in a life of devotion. We seek to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (Exodus 15:1-21, 2 Samuel 6:14-16, Psalm 5:7, John 4:23-24, Revelation 4:11, 5:12).