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).

Mankind
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).

Salvation
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).

Marriage
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).