What We Believe

About the Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s primary way of revealing himself to people today.  As God’s very words, the Bible is completely accurate and incapable of deception; it will never be proven false or wrong.  God revealed and preserved his Word through human authors under the guiding of the Holy Spirit using their various personalities, vocabularies, and styles.  The Bible is the supreme authority for Christian beliefs and living.

Psalm 12:6, 119:105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

About God

We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, eternally co-existent in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.  He is perfectly holy, righteous and good in all his ways.  God sustains, directs, and controls all things either directly or indirectly and has an eternal plan whereby he works everything for his own glory and purpose.

Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 28:19; John 1:3; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 1:11-14

About Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless human life.  He is fully God and fully Man.  He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He physically rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory where he lives as our Prophet, High Priest, King, and Advocate.  He is the Head of the Church, and he will return personally again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-5, 14-18; Acts 1:9-11, 3:19-22; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Hebrews 7:25-27; Revelation 19:11-16

About the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make people aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ.  He changes people at the core of who they are when they respond to the Gospel with repentance and faith. He is the guarantee of salvation and seal for all believers, living as the Comforter in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s).  As Christians, we desire to live under his control daily.

Ezek. 36:26-27, John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9-11

About Satan

We believe in the reality of the fallen angelic person of Satan.  He leads other fallen angels in warfare against God and his people.  While Satan and his minions have been granted significant power and influence in this world, they lost authority over Christians as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross.  Satan and all who are with him are doomed to a certain, everlasting judgment from God.

Genesis 3:22-24; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:11-12; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 12:7-9, 20:10

About Human Beings

We believe every human is made in the image of God and thus has distinct value and worth above the rest of God’s created order.  As image bearers of God, we are intended to reflect his character.  However, the image of God in us has been marred from birth by the sin nature inherited from our first father Adam.   All of us act out of our sin nature and break God’s laws, violating his holiness in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.  The Bible calls this “sin”.  Sin separates all people from God eternally and causes every problem in this life.  We can’t make up for our sin by self-effort, self-improvement or good works. 

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:10, 23, 5:12-20

About Salvation

We believe that Christ’s sacrificial and substitutionary death on the cross satisfied God’s wrath against the sin of mankind.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  When we repent of our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are born again of the Holy Spirit.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  The benefits of eternal life include the complete forgiveness of all of our sins; a desire to submit to God, and membership in his family, the church.  Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  This security is based on the keeping power of God and his grace.

John 1:12-13, 10:27-29, 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9;  Romans 5:1, 8-9, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14

About the Church

We believe the church is a community of people indwelt and gifted by the Holy Spirit under the authority of Jesus Christ with the unique privilege and awesome responsibility to manifest the holy and redemptive character of Jesus to each other and a lost world.  Each local church should be led by a plurality of elders, who are men called by God and recognized and affirmed by the congregation that they serve.  The local church has the responsibility to administer the ordinances of baptism and communion (also called the Lord’s Supper).

Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 6:3-6, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:22, 3:10-11

About Baptism

We believe commitment to Christ in faith is to be accompanied by publicly identifying with Christ through baptism by immersion.  While every believer is made a member of the universal church at conversion by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, water baptism functions as a visible act to profess one’s faith in Christ and inclusion in his family. 

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:46-48; Romans 6:3-4, 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13

About Communion

We believe communion (also called the Lord’s Supper) is a repeatable and visible participation in the New Covenant.  In eating the bread and drinking the cup, the church remembers the accomplished work of Jesus, visually expresses the Gospel preached in the Word, and expresses its unity as the body of Christ.

Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:26

About Eternity

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved.  People were created to exist forever.  The “unsaved” will exist eternally separated from God, experiencing conscious punishment in Hell. The “saved” will exist eternally with God in Heaven, experiencing everlasting enjoyment in his presence.  The Scriptures teach that Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 5:28-29; 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15