What we believe

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testament, is the accurate Word of God. It is the ultimate authority for determining all doctrinal truth. The Bible is inspired, infallable, and inerrant. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)


The Trinity

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. (John 4:24, Matthew 3:16-17, Genesis 1:26)


Jesus Christ

We believe that while on earth Jesus Christ was 100% man and 100% God. We believe Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for all of humanity, and atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. The Blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse humanity of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. We believe He rose from the grave three days later, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again! (John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 3:16, Hebrews 10:4-14, I John 2:2, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5 Rev. 5:9, Colossians 1:20, Romans 3:10-12, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:9, John 1:29)


Salvation

We believe that man is saved by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be gained or made more secure by works or effort. Through repentance of our sins, we have forgivness for our sins. Repentance is contunially turning away from sin in every area of our lives and following Jesus. (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-9)


Creation

We believe that man was created directly by God and in the image of God. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life. (Genesis 1:1-31, John 1:3)


Redemption

We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary disobedience, sinned and fell. Consequently, all of humanity are now sinners and under condemnation, and humanities only hope for redemption is Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12, Romans 5:1-2, Acts 13:39)


Regeneration

We believe that regeneration or the new birth, is the change made by the Holy Spirit and is absolutely essential. The believer then becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. We believe that the new nature does not erase the old nature, but by the power of the Holy Spirit we can have victory over our old sinful nature. (John 3:3-6, Romans 6:13, Romans 8:12-13)


Sanctification

We believe that believers are placed in the family of God as children and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We believe that the on-going process of yielding to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to complete the development of Christ's character in us. We believe that ultimate sanctification will be accomplished when the believer’s soul and spirit are united with his resurrected body in the presence of the Lord. (I John 3:2, Cor. 15:52-54. I Thessalonians 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Proverbs 4:28, I John 3:1, Romans 8:14-17)


The Church

We believe that every person born of the Spirit is part of the universal Church and is encouraged by Scripture to join the local church. The Church represents Jesus Christ on earth and is called to carry out the Great Commission. Until the return of Christ, it is the Christian’s task and privilege to seek the fulfillment of Christ’s Great Commission and to minister in His Name to a needy world. We are to be instruments of Jesus Christ as the Holy spirit ministers’ redemption and reconciliation in the world. (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 12:5, Eph. 1:22-33, Mark 16:15-16)


Water Baptism

We believe after salvation, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Communion

We believe that baptism is important to the Lord’s Supper and only who have been scripturally baptized are proper subjects for the Lord’s Supper. We believe communion is taken to remember Jesus' sacrafice on the Cross (His Body and His Blood). (Luke 22:19-20, Acts 8:37-38, Romans 6:3-6, I Cor. 11:23-26)


Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is displayed through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the Gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive and may occur in various combinations. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Word of God and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Romans 1-11, Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 1 Corinthians 14:1-40, Ephesians 4:16, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:5-16, Hebrews 2:4, 1 Peter 4:10)


The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. The saved to everlasting presence with God and the unsaved to eternal separation from God and punishment. (Matt. 25:46, John 5:28-29, John 11:25-26, Rev. 20:5-6, Rev. 12-15)


Eternal Security and Assurance of the Believer

We believe that all who are saved are kept by God’s power and are secure in Jesus Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of the believer to rejoice in the assurance of salvation through the testimony of God’s Word. This clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an opportunity to sin. (Luke 10:20, Romans 12:13-14, John 5:24 John 6:37-40)