What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, consisting of the sixty-six Old and New Testament Books, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore, wholly without error in its original manuscripts (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe God exists eternally as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). They are all one in essence but distinct in person.
3. JESUS CHRIST
We believe in His preexistence, deity-equal to the Father and Spirit- (John 1:13), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Heb. 4:15), substitutionary death (2 Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry of intercession (Heb. 4:14-16) and His coming again to set up his 1000 year kingdom (Acts 1:11; Revelation 20).
4. HOLY SPIRIT
The Spirit is the 3 rd member of the Trinity, and we believe in His personality (John 16:7-15), the deity (Acts 5:3-4), and His work in each believer, which consists of: baptism into Christ, indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9), and daily filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph.3:16; Acts1:8; Gal.5:22-23). He also convicts the sinners and draws them to salvation. (John 6:44; 16:8).
We believe he was directly created by God and made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-28). Man is a sinner by nature and choice, under God’s wrath (John 3:36) and in need of salvation (John 3:35).
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good work does not save you but gives evidence that you are saved (James 2:14-26). They are a by-product of true saving faith! There is a difference between believing and receiving Christ (John 1:12)
We believe the church is not a building but is made up of true believers who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation. It is the body and the bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32), composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13). We believe in organizing its members into local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for worldwide gospel witness; each local church is autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work with others (Eph.4:11-16).
8. CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe every Christian should live for God’s glory and not for himself or herself. By choosing to love God with all that we are, to be obedient to the Scriptures, and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, every believer should mature in their faith and become more and more like our example, Jesus Christ.
We believe that Christians should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) The water baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matt. 28:19), (2) The observance of the Lord’s supper, which consists of the bread and cup.
10. THE DEVIL
We believe that Satan is a personal spirit being who leads a host of demons to blind men to the truth of the gospel (II Cor 4:4) and take them captive to do his will (II Timothy 2:25-26). Furthermore, he seeks to oppress Christians and render them ineffective in their commitment to and service to Christ (I Thessalonians 2:17-18). He, along with his minions, will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10).
We believe that when it comes to salvation and sanctification, God is sovereign in that He chooses sinners before the foundation of the world, but man is responsible for believing the gospel, and if a person goes to hell, it's not because God did not choose them (Ephesians 1:3; Acts 13:48; Matt 23:37). Regarding sanctification, spiritual growth is a work of God but also the choice of the believer. We are responsible for working out our salvation (Philippians 2:12; I Cor. 15:10).
12. FUTURE DESTINY
We believe in the conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).
We believe that abortion is biblically wrong at any phase of the pregnancy and constitutes murder, unless under the rare case that a mother’s life is in jeopardy (Exodus 20:11; 21:22-23). God forgives those who have had an abortion if they ask Him to. Our church welcomes those who are seeking healing from the scars of abortion.
14. HOMOSEXUALITY/GAY MARRIAGE/GENDER
We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman as instituted by God from the beginning and affirmed by Jesus (Genesis 2:18-25; Matt 19:4-6). Consequently, gay marriage is a distortion of God’s natural order. Furthermore, homosexual behavior is forbidden in scripture and is a distortion of God's creative order (Romans 1:26-27; I Cor. 6:9-11). Sex is to be reserved for marriage between a husband and His wife (Hebrews 13:1-3). Furthermore, God determines one’s gender at birth through the biological process. There is no distinction between biological sex and gender. We believe God created every person in His image as male or female, and rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Our church welcomes those who are struggling with this to receive hope, healing, and victory.