We share these beliefs in common with the Christian Church. We believe that these basic doctrines are taught in both Scripture and the major creeds. They are essential to Christian belief and practice.
The Godhead: We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4; Isa 43:10-11; Mt 28:19; Lk 3:22; 2 Cor 13:14).
God the Father: We believe in God the Father, the Almighty Creator of all the heavens and the earth. He is holy, loving and just (Gen 1:1, 17:1; Is 5:16, 6:3, 43:15; Mt 11:25; Jn 6:57, 8:42, 14:16-17, 16:28).
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man (Jn 1:2, 14; Lk 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and rose from the dead, so that His name and work are our sole means of salvation (1 Cor 15:3-4; 1 Pet 2:24; Eph 1:7; Rom 4:25; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 2:5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, where He is now exalted at the right hand of God and prays for us as our High Priest (Acts 1:9-10; Eph 1:20-21; Heb 4:14, 7:25; 1 Jn 2:1).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who is with the Church forever and who teaches the Church and guides it in all truth. The Holy Spirit dwells in all believers and gives varieties of gifts for the common good of the Church. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12-14; Eph 4:11-12; Jn 1:16, 16:7, 14:26, 16:13; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Acts 10:19-20, 16:6-7; 1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30; Acts 1:8; Jn 16:8-11).
Scripture: We believe that the Old and New Testatments are God-breathed and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:19-21; 1 Thes 2:13; Ps 12:6).
Sin: We believe that man was created in the image of God to be holy but that he sinned and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:23, 5:14; Eph 2:1-3).
Salvation: We believe that eternal salvation is solely the gift of God. All who repent of their sins, believe in the gospel, and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by faith are saved. They are forgiven of their sins, declared “not guilty” by God, given a new spiritual birth, and adopted as children of God (Jn 3:3-5; Tit 3:5; Acts 2:38; Eph 2:8-10; Rom 8:16).
The Church: The Church is united in having one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father, and one Head, Jesus Christ. The Church consists of all those who in faith look upon Jesus as the author and giver of their salvation. God has called the believers in various places to join together into local churches as visible expressions of the Church in order to bring the power, the life, the character and the authority of God into the lives of people (1 Cor 1:2; Eph 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:4-6, 5:22-32; 1 Pet 2:5-10).
Ordinances: Jesus Christ commands that we practice baptism in water by immersion (Mt 28:19; Acts 2:38, 10:47-48; Rom 6:4) and the Lord’s Supper (Lk 22:14-20; 1 Cor 11:23-29) as outward signs of an inward, gracious work of God received by faith.
The Second Coming: We believe that Christ will return in the air for His people personally, bodily and soon (Mt 24:30-31; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 22:20).
Final Judgment and the Eternal State: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Jn 5:28-29; Mt 25:46; Rev 20:11-15).
The following Theological Distinctives are not meant to be divisive, but we do recognize that they set us apart from some Christian churches.
- We believe that the good news of Jesus Christ is central to everything we do as a church.
- We affirm the sovereignty of God in saving sinners, from beginning to end.
- We affirm that both men and women have been created in the image of God and are equal in dignity, value, and worth. God has given men the primary responsibility of leading in both the home and the church.
- We affirm the active presence, empowerment, and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit for both life and ministry.
- We believe the New Testament teaches that each church and individual Christian has been sent by God to live on mission within their local community. Further, God raises up some to advance this mission globally.
As a local church, we recognize the need to be in like-minded fellowship with other churches in both our country and around the world. We are affiliated with both The Gospel Coalition and 9Marks, and we affirm the Lausanne Covenant Statement of Faith. Please click on an icon below for more information.