What do we believe? What do we value?
This outline presents our beliefs and values as a church and serves as an accurate outline of our faith and teaching.
We believe the holy scriptures 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.
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
I. 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 men.
II. 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.
III. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
I. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
II. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved to be filled with the Spirit.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
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.
I. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
II. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as permission to sin.
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and word to the truth of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
I. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the maturing of the saints today, and that speaking tongues and working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority became established.
II. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.
I. We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.
II. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures.
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall, that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
We believe in that "Blessed Hope", the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-Millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
I. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life and that it should be in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
II. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We also extend the courtesy of the Lord's Table to all true believers.