Statement of Faith

The Scriptures
We believe the Bible, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the 
verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, 
infallible, and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).

The Godhead
We believe that there is but one living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His 
attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit —each 
equally deserving worship and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; 
John 4:24; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, 
having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God 
and redeem sinful man. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His 
death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is 
made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ 
ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills 
the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. We believe Jesus is coming again to judge 
the living and the dead. (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 
1 Peter 1:3–5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2;1 Peter 4:5; 
Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, being the Third Person of the Godhead, convicts men of sin, 
regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals, and sets believers apart to a holy life; that He keeps and 
empowers believers day by day. We believe that He is the Teacher of the Word of God through which 
He guides us in our daily lives. (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; 
Ephesians 5:18).

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin 
the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally incapable of
regaining fellowship with God by his own strength or works, and is hopelessly lost apart from the 
salvation which is in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 
23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in 
the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. 
Jesus’ death on the cross provided a penal substitutionary atonement for the sins of humanity. 
In salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by His unmerited grace alone, through faith alone, 
on account of Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).

 The Church
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit 
into one united spiritual Body, the church, of which Christ is the Head. The church is a spiritual organism 
made up of all born-again persons. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in 
the faith, by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and 
baptism, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world. We believe that water 
baptism is not necessary for salvation, but that it is an outward symbol of salvation and a sign of our 
obedience to Him. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19; Acts 1:8; 2:38-42,47; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:21; 4:13-16, 
5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17; 1 John 1:3).

We believe that marriage has been established by God; therefore, marriage is a sacred covenant union 
between one man and one woman for life. (Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:1-3; Romans 1:18-32; 
Ephesians 5:22-33).