Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE: We believe the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by Him and completely accurate in the original manuscripts, and therefore our only authority in all matters of faith and practice (Mark 12:36; Luke 24:44; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).

THE TRINITY: We believe that there is one God, infinite and eternally self-existent, in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:24; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He is fully God and fully man. He exists eternally with the Father, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and was crucified and buried. He was resurrected bodily on the third day, appeared to his followers, and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe this same Jesus will one day return physically and visibly to the earth, and every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord (John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 1 John 4:2, 14-15; Isaiah. 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians15:3-7; John 14:1-3; Acts l :11; Philippians 2:10-11).

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. He indwells every believer at the moment of salvation and ministers through them as they yield themselves to God (John 14:16-17; Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).

SALVATION: We believe all men are sinners and therefore justly deserve God’s condemnation. The atoning death of Jesus is God’s provision for our salvation, and eternal life is received by personal faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14; 3:1-21, 36; 10:27-30; Romans 1:11-17; 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:1-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

THE RESURRECTION AND FUTURE JUDGMENT: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting life and fellowship with God, and of the unbeliever to judgment everlasting condemnation (John 5:25-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelations 20:11-15)

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: We believe that the believer ought to conduct himself so as to honor God and be a consistent testimony of his new life in Christ. He is to obey the commands of Christ and His Word (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:21).

THE CHURCH: We believe the Church is composed of all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The local Church is a congregation of believers united by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 14:23).

CHURCH ORDINANCES: We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances administered by the church. Water baptism is the act by which the believer pictures his identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. In the Lord’s Supper, the believer partakes of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Jesus Christ, proclaiming His death. The Lord’s Supper should be a special time of self-examination (Matthew 28:18; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

THE GOALS OF THE CHURCH: We believe the Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations by going, baptizing and teaching. All of God’s people are to be prepared for works of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up. We gather together for worship and fellowship and disperse into the world to be witnesses of God’s love and eternal salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; John 4:24; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:24-25).

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY: Our statement of faith represents a relatively broad expression of evangelical doctrine. Many finer points of belief or teaching are not spelled out. Recognizing the denominational diversity represented in our church, we deliberately leave our labels at the door. We come together in a spirit of unity under the authority of Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, seeking to grow in our relationship to Christ and in love for one another, and focusing on that which we have in common rather than on that which might divide us.