what we believe


we believe

THE BIBLE:

The sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired, infallible, living Word of God.  They are without error in the original manuscripts and are the supreme and final authority for one's faith and life.

[Psalm 119; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21]


GOD:

There is one God, who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  As God, the Father is infinite, eternal, all-sufficient, unchangeable, omni-present, omniscient, omnipotent, holy, just, merciful and loving.

[Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Philippians 2:5-8]


THE HOLY SPIRIT:

The Holy Spirit is God, equal with the Father and Son in essence, nature, power and glory.  He is the one who convicts of sin, regenerates, seals, indwells, and baptizes each believer into the body of Christ at conversion.

[Acts 5:3-4; John 16:7-12; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14]


JESUS:

Jesus is the eternal Son of God; equal with the Father and Holy Spirit in essence, nature, power and glory.  He was born into this world of a virgin so that, becoming the perfect God-man, He might become the perfect sacrifice for man's sin.

[Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-14; 20:28; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-3]


Jesus died and rose bodily and physically from the grave on Easter Sunday morning.

[Matthew 28:1-8; John 20:24-29; Romans 4:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8]


Jesus ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He serves as our high priest and advocate.

[Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25]


MAN:

Man was created by God in His own image on the sixth day of creation. Because of that, man has great worth and value. Man (in Adam) chose to sin, and that sin brought spiritual death (separation from God) and physical death upon all mankind.

[Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-14; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:13]


SALVATION:

Jesus lived a sinless life and then gave His life as a substitute for man for the atonement of our sins.

[Isaiah 53:3-11; John 3:14-19; Romans 5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:12-14; 1 Peter 2:22-24]


Salvation is by grace, though personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone; it is not of works.

[John 1:11-13; John 3:1-6; Romans 3:23-28; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-7]


All who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are eternally secure and cannot lose their salvation.

[John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28-30; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 1 John 5:4-5]


THE CHURCH:

A local New Testament church consists of a group of baptized believers who, led by the Holy Spirit, have voluntarily associated themselves for worship, edification, instruction, accountability and service for their Lord Jesus Christ.

[Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 6:1-10; Ephesians 4:11-13]


THE ORDINANCES:

A local New Testament church should regularly remember Christ's death through communion; realizing the elements are merely symbols of His body and blood.

[Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27]


All believers should be baptized by immersion following their conversion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

[Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:47; Romans 6:3-6]


EVANGELISM:

All believers should witness to the world by their lips and life concerning the grace they have found in Christ Jesus. We are to live separated to the Lord from the world.

[Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 6:17-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:22]


MARRIAGE:

Marriage was created uniquely by God to be between a man and a woman and therefore has great worth and value. This marriage relationship is the only legitimate and accepted sexual relationship.

[Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-5; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5:31-32]


SATAN:

Satan is the fallen angel Lucifer. He is the arch-enemy of God and man. He is a deceiver, liar, and murderer, who masquerades as an angel of light in order to deceive.

[Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-15; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Ephesians 6:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10]


LAST THINGS:

Jesus will return in the clouds to gather His church at the "rapture".  He will then bodily and visibly return to earth at the end of the seven years of tribulation to establish His kingdom here on the earth for a thousand years.

[Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;  Revelation 19:1-20:7]


There is a future bodily resurrection of both the "saved" and the "lost". Believers' shall dwell eternally with the Lord and may receive rewards for their service on earth at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Unbelievers will spend a conscious eternity in hell, having been judged at the Great White Throne Judgment.

[Mark 9:42-50; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:12-15]