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WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE BIBLE

We believe every word of the Bible is divinely inspired and, therefore, true and authoritative for our lives. It is totally free of any errors in the original manuscripts and is the supreme standard for faith and conduct (II Tim 3:16, John 10:35).

THE TRINITY OF GOD

We believe in one living, eternal and true God, existing in three distinct persons as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three are equal in attributes, power and glory, yet have distinct offices, functions, and personalities (Matt 3:16-17, John 10:27-30, II Cor 13:14).

JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the absolute deity and perfect humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ; that He had two natures, divine and human, united in one person without mixture and that it was impossible for Him to sin (John 1:1-14, I Tim 2:5).

We believe in the virgin birth of Christ by the Holy Spirit and in His substitutionary death through the shedding of His blood for the forgiveness of our sins, in His bodily resurrection and ascension, His present high priestly ministry in heaven, and His personal and imminent return for us, His church (I Pet 3:18, Eph. 1:19-22, I Thess 4:13-18).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the absolute deity of the Holy Spirit and that, like Jesus Christ, He is eternal. He is the One who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the agent in our regeneration and sanctification, having baptized us into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing us until the day of redemption and exercising the ministry of comfort and teaching (John 16:8-11,  I Cor 12:13, Eph 4:30).

SALVATION

We believe that all of humanity was created in the image and likeness of God; that in Adam’s sin we all fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. In this state, we are all totally depraved and unable in ourselves to redeem our lost condition (Gen 1:26-27, Rom 5:12, Titus 3:5).

We believe that as sinners our salvation is wholly of grace through personal faith in the person and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we, along with all the redeemed, are preserved by God’s power and kept secure in Christ forever (Eph 2:8-9, John 10:28-29).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the universal church is made of up all those who have been united with Christ by faith. Christ is the head of the church, and we, as His people, are the body. As the body of Christ, we are uniquely gifted and equipped to serve and honor Christ in local churches under the faithful leadership of officers (I Cor 12:12-20, Col 1:18, Eph 4:11-16).

We believe that as a local church, we should be regularly gathering to worship God, growing together in likeness to Christ, and spreading the gospel in our community (II Cor 2:14-17, Col 3:12-17, Heb 10:24-25).

We believe that Jesus instituted two practices that we are to continue to perform: the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper:

Baptism by immersion in water is an outward sign of an inward reality within us—that of a changed, redeemed life and identification with Christ (Matt 28:19, Rom 6:1-5).

The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Christ's sacrificial death and is to be observed by us until He returns. The bread is a visible symbol of Christ's body that was broken for us and the cup is a visible symbol of Christ's blood that was poured out for us (I Cor 11:23-32).

FUTURE

We believe that we, along with all who have trusted in Christ, will spend eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ (Matt 26:46,  II Cor 5:8).

We believe that Satan will someday be cast into the lake of fire with all those who have trusted in themselves (Rev 20:11-15).