We believe the Bible is God’s word to us as He breathed his word into his servants. As the inspired Word of God, it is our source for the truth about God and His will for us (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe the Bible contains the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3.) We believe that Christians are called to be united in faith as expressed in the Bible.
We believe the Bible is not the story of humanity, but the story of God working his plan for all people.
Jesus repeatedly pointed people back to the Old Testament when giving New Testament application. (Luke 24:27, Luke 4:8, Luke 4:10, Luke 10:26, Luke 18:31, Luke 24:46)
We believe the Bible is the revelation of God to us about who he is. From the Bible we see that God is the eternal, sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe (Genesis 1:1; 1 Timothy 6:15-16).
We believe that God created us out of His great love and that in love he cares for us and desires that we seek him out (John 3:16).
We believe that God has made himself known to us through creation itself as it testifies to his nature ((Psalm 19; Romans 1:20); through the Bible which reveals his workings among people through history; and also in Jesus, his final testimony to humanity (Hebrews 1:1-3).
We believe that God has revealed himself to us as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and, also, God in the flesh (Matthew 16:16; John 1:14). He was born of the virgin Mary.
We believe his ministry on earth included performing miracles, teaching his disciples, and fulfilling Old Testament prophecy.
We believe that Jesus willingly died for our sins on a Roman cross and was raised from the grave by the power of God. (Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10).
We believe that Jesus now reigns at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34, Revelation 5).
This is the Gospel, or good news: Jesus lived, died, and He rose from the grave.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian as a comforter, counselor, teacher, and encourager (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:8, 13).
We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers us to be holy and equips us with spiritual gifts for Christian living, (1 Corinthians 12:7).
We believe that the Holy Spirit works within us to transform us into the likeness of God with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the seal of adoption confirming our salvation. (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe the Holy Spirit is a gift from God given in conjunction with a person’s faith demonstrated through baptism by immersion (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5)
The Human Condition
Human beings are created in the image of God to have fellowship with God (Genesis 1:27).
God’s design was for us to trust him and depend on him for our every need which he would supply. He gave us the freedom to choose to love him and trust him, or to reject his love.
All of mankind has rebelled in some way against God, not trusting in Him in all things. (Romans 3:23)
Our sinful rebellion separates us from God and leads to spiritual death (Romans 6:23).
God, in his grace, offers salvation through Jesus to all sinners who would accept this gift (Romans 3:23-24, 5:8; Ephesians 2:8).
We accept God’s gift of salvation by: Believing in Jesus as God’s Son (Acts 16:31-33); Confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9); Repenting of sin (Acts 3:19); being Baptized by immersion for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Romans) and by being faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10).
Those who follow this Biblical plan can have the assurance of God’s salvation (1 John 5:13).
We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. In baptism, new Christians are promised God’s gifts of the forgiveness of sin and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21).
The Lord’s Supper
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper each week in memory of Christ’s death and in anticipation of his final coming (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). All Christians are welcome to share in this family meal.
The Church is the Body of Christ composed of all Biblically-faithful Christians around the world (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27). Christians demonstrate their membership in Christ’s universal Body by identifying and serving with a local congregation, (Ephesians 1:1).
The Church is God’s chosen agency to save and transform the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
The Church changes the world through prayer, the preaching of the gospel of Christ, and through loving witness and service performed in Jesus’ name.
The Return of Jesus Christ
We look forward to the second coming of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, and the beginning of the New Heaven and New Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16; John 5:28-29; Revelation 21:1).
The universe and the human story as we know them have a conclusion. That will happen when Jesus returns (1 Corinthians 15:24).
Jesus will return as the Savior and King of all Christians (Titus 3:13; Hebrews 9:28), and as the Judge of all those who rejected God and His salvation during their earthly lives (Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10). On the Day of Judgment, the saved will enter eternal life with God, while the condemned will be assigned to eternal hell (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15).
We prepare for this time of judgment by accepting Jesus as Lord (2 Corinthians 6:2).