Statement of Faith
A. The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and is the final authority for believers in all matters of faith, doctrine and practice.
B. The Godhead
There is one true God eternally existent in three; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
C. The Deity of Christ
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe in the incarnation of Christ, in His virgin birth; in His sinless life; that He is the only mediator between God and people; that He is the believer’s high priest and intercessor, that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can reach God; and that He is Savior and Lord.
D. The Substitutionary Death
We believe in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ to pay for the full penalty of sin once and for all.
E. Bodily Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, thus overcoming the power and penalty of sin, death and hell for all eternity.
F. The New Birth
We believe that all people have sinned and are in need of salvation. This salvation is by the Grace of God to all who personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and that justification is by faith in Christ alone.
G. The Maintenance of Good Works
We believe that the maintenance of good works in the lives of believers is the result of salvation and that a faith without works is a dead faith.
H. The Holy Spirit
1. We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the time of their regeneration and that He indwells all believers.
2.. We believe that all believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption; that He gives assurance to believers of their adoption into God’s family, that He sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts upon whomever He wills, that He guides, illumines and gives believers understanding to the Bible; that He alone divinely inspired the writers of scripture to record what is needful for eternal salvation; that He presently glorifies and lifts up Jesus; and that He joins the believer in intercessory prayer.
I. The Assurance of Eternal Life
We believe that the assurance of eternal life is the present possession of every believer and is guaranteed; that this salvation is fully secure to those who are “in” Christ; that all believers are included in God’s family without distinction, discrimination, partiality and/or favoritism. We acknowledge that believers are the elect of God.
J. The Return of Jesus Christ
We believe in the imminent bodily return of Jesus Christ for His own.
K. The Future of All People
We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost; the saved to eternal life with God, and the lost to eternal separation from the presence of God and that there is a literal heaven and a literal hell.
L. The Devil and His Own
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan the reality of a host of unseen spirit beings in subjection and allegiance to Him; that believers are to actively resist the devil and His host; that all manner of occult practices, including so-called “New Age” philosophy, concepts and practices are to be rejected and carefully avoided by Biblical Christians.
M. The Church
We believe that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ who alone is her only rightful Head; that the Church is being built upon Christ; that all believers make up the Body of Christ, that local churches are companies of born again believers who have joined themselves together in common shared Biblical faith, doctrine, fellowship, practices and purpose; that local churches are fully autonomous to equip, instruct, preach, teach, edify and encourage.
N. The Great Commission
We believe that the Lord’s commission to the Church is to share the gospel in love with all who will listen, that evangelism should have priority among Christians followed closely by discipleship.
O. The Scriptural Ordinances
We believe that local churches are to practice the scriptural ordinances of the Lord’s Supper, i.e., communion/breaking bread and water, baptism by immersion according to New Testament practices and that these observances are to be reserved for believers only.
P. The Priesthood of All Believers
We believe in the Priesthood of all Believers, i.e., that all believers are called by God into body-life ministry within the local church; that God calls some in the Body to special aspects of ministry and that we are commanded to offer unto God a sacrifice of praise and our bodies as an act of spiritual worship.
Q. God’s Call to Holy Living
We believe that God’s call to every believer is to live a holy life; that holiness is not a system of rules and regulations but clothing oneself with Christ and crucifying the old nature, for believers are new creations in Christ; that believers are to subdue the old nature by taking positive action which includes being filled with the Holy Spirit and then walking in step with God’s Spirit.
R. Responsible Sexuality
We believe that Christians are called to live their sexuality in a responsible manner, that monogamy is the biblical principle and therefore precludes serial monogamy and promiscuous behavior; that lust in one’s life can be brought under control by the power of God; that homosexuality and heterosexuality are both acceptable to God when lived out and acted upon in a responsible manner.
S. Accountability and Scriptural Discipline
We believe that there is a need for Christian accountability applicable to individual believers as well as to church leadership in local churches and ministries; and that all discipline is to be carried out in love and only in proper scriptural order.