The following represents the church's position on our essential beliefs:
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
There is only one living and true God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct yet unified personalities: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 32:6-9; Malachi 2:10; Matthew 6:4,6-13; John 16:23-24; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Ephesians 4:4-6
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heavenís glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ, guides men into all truth, convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, bestows spiritual gifts by which believers serve God, and seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Sin separates people from and God and causes many other problems in life. Yet, God so loves mankind that He sent His own Son to give His life so that anyone who believes in Him would have a relationship with God and eternal life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Salvation is Godís free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or by good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as Godís offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sinís penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus Christ, by grace through faith, we are saved. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separate from God is Hell. Te be eternally in union with His is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospelÖand seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body serving under the Lordship of Christ. All members are equally responsible as they serve with the pastors and deacons. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:23-33; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:19-25
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. Baptism has no saving power but is the first act of obedience for a believer. It symbolizes (1) the believer's faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, (2) the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus, and (3) the Christianís belief that he will die, be buried, and that Jesus will resurrect him from the dead.
Matthew 5:13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:33-34; Acts 8:35-39
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members remember the death of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and anticipate His second coming. The bread is symbolic of His body and the juice represents His blood.
Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all people and nations. It is the command of Christ for every believer to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 14:23; Acts 1:8
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, treasures, and tithe. According to Scripture, we are to give to the Lord cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the His cause on earth.
1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:35-48
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.
Genesis 2:19-25; Ecclesiastes 9:7-9; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:1-5 ; Ephesians 5:21-33; Psalm 78:1-7; Psalm 127:3-5
The New Testament clearly teaches that all believers are to live in harmony with one another. It is the responsibility of each believer to endeavor to live in fellowship with each member of the congregation. It is also the responsibility of each member to bring any gossip and backbiting to an end. We must strive together to show the love of Christ one another and reflect the love of Christ to the world.
Psalm 133; John 17:11,22-2; Ephesians 4:1-16