What We Believe

The Bible
The Bible is God’s inspired words to all mankind, totally true and trustworthy, without any mixture of error, is authoritative, and is sufficient for every aspect of a believer's faith life. (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

There is only one true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1, 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6)

Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man as His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death through His shed blood at the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and future personal return to earth in power and glory attest. (Isaiah 42:1; Luke 1:32-33, 1 Timothy 2:5)

Our first parents (Adam and Eve) sinned against God and everyone from that time is a sinner by nature and choice. All of our being is stained by sin (e.g. reasoning, desires, will and emotions). We cannot and do not desire to come to God because of our sin. (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)

God, in His extraordinary love and mercy, for His good pleasure alone, has chosen to draw His people to Himself for salvation. The salvation of lost and sinful people takes place because of God's gracious rebirth that enables His people to enjoy repentance of our sin and to have faith in Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation. The salvation of His people is by grace alone, and this grace is given through the preaching and hearing of the gospel. The true salvation of God’s people shines in their ongoing repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ that leads to a life of good works. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to God's Word alone, to the glory of God alone. (John 6:44; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:1-14; 2:1-10)

The Gospel
The gospel should be passionately and urgently proclaimed to all people and the regenerating power of God's Spirit, will save those who believe through the hearing of God's Word. (John 1:16-17; Romans 8:3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

True believers who are regenerated by God's Spirit will be kept by Him throughout their lives, as evidenced by personal transformation including an ever-growing love of God the Father, adoration of the Son, empowerment by God the Spirit, love of brothers and sisters in the church, and love of lost neighbors in the world. (John 3:1-8; Titus 3:4-7) 

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit indwells the Christian to live a godly life and glorify Jesus Christ. We reject the teaching of a "second baptism" and believe all true believers are fully indwelt with God's sufficient Spirit making every believer is complete in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:2; John 15:26; Galatians 4:6)

The Resurrection of Believers
The resurrection is for both the saved and the lost: true followers of Christ are saved to the resurrection of life and those who are lost to an everlasting hell. (Job 19:26-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:21)

The spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ begins in the local church and expands to the world. We are one kingdom family united in Christ across the globe. (Ephesians 4:1-6; 1 John 1:3)

Ordinances – Communion and Baptism
Two ordinances exist: communion and believer’s baptism. All true believers in Christ continually participate in the ordinance of communion with humility, thankfulness, and unity.

Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. In scripture, Baptism is practiced by immersion and is for those who have repented of their sin and professed faith in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for their salvation. Baptism is the first step of obedience for every new believer.

Communion is a time of remembrance and celebration of the work of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Communion is to be taken until His return. (Matthew 26:26-28, 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:26-40; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)

Worship of God is the purpose for which people were created, and lasting joy is only to be found by delighting in God through all of life, including hardship and death. (Psalm 29:2, 95:6; Luke 4:8; John 4:24)

The term “marriage” has only one meaning. Marriage is authorized by God and joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as outlined in scripture.

God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe God has commanded no intimate, sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and pornography is sinful before God and hurtful to self and others.

God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church. (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

Eternal Salvation
The eternal plan of God to have a people for himself includes never losing any of His people. Once a person is born again, this is truly eternal life. A person cannot lose their salvation and is eternally part of God’s family. (John 6:37; 10:28)

God does not require a certain numerical value for Christians, but provides opportunities to give generously in all areas of life. God loves a cheerful giver, and God’s people are called to be cheerful givers who are wise stewards of the time, talents, and treasures that God has given to them. The believer is not to give reluctantly but with thanksgiving and joy. The amount is decided between the giver and God after prayer. (Luke 12:48; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Galatians 5:18)

Alcohol/Drug Use
Each should only be used responsibly if they meet the following criteria: it is a legal substance, it does not lead to drunkenness or other psychoactive effects, it does not rule our life, does not cause our brother to stumble, and is consumed responsibly. Any alcohol or drug use should never hinder our ability to honor God and love others in all we do. (Proverbs 20:1; Romans 14:1-12,15,21; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:32; Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 3:17)

God has designed the institution of the church and family as a means for declaring His glory. Believing parents are to give clear instruction and model the gospel within the home. It is in the structure of the family that the gospel will impact generations yet unseen. Together, church and home can partner in declaring the gospel. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Psalm 78:6-7) 

Discipleship is the core calling for the follower of Christ. Everything in our lives as Christ followers revolves around growing as a disciple or discipling others. Disciple-making is an intentional investment in peoples’ lives to see them Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

The leadership of the church is based upon a plurality of male elders. The main calling of an elder is to pray over, disciple, and teach the church he oversees. Each man must meet the requirements of an elder found in Scripture. (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)

Last Days
We are living in the period of time between Jesus’ death and His return, known as the last days in Scripture. In these “last days,” Jesus will physically return for His people and raise the dead in Christ. All His people from all time will all be with Him forever. Jesus will Judge the believing and unbelieving and usher in His Kingdom across the universe. His people will be raised to reign with Him over the new heavens and earth. Until His return believers are called to encourage one another, go to our neighbors and nations with the Good news of Jesus Christ and live Christ-like lives waiting His return. (Acts 2:17; 1 Corinthians 6:14; John 14:3; Revelation 20:12; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Peter 3:12-13; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; Mark 16:15; 2 Peter 2:11)