What We Believe
A. The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are the verbally inspired Word of God. Though the Bible was written through men, these men wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) so that these writings are without error (2 Timothy 3:16) in the originals and are authoritative in all matters.
B. The Triune God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being who is infinite in holiness and perfect in every way. God is all powerful and all knowing and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. God eternally exists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19). These three are one in essence, equal in power and glory, but distinct in person and function.
C. Jesus Christ
We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and became Man (Luke 1:34-35), without ceasing to be God. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life, and died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). We believe that He rose from the dead bodily in fulfillment of the Scriptures (Psalm 16:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). We believe that He ascended into heaven where He lives forever as God and Man making intercession for us as High Priest (Hebrews 9:23-28).
We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God (Genesis 3:19); and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed (Romans 3:23; 5:12). Furthermore we believe that God is the Creator of the Universe and of every living thing (Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20). Neither man nor any living creature "evolved" or are "evolving" into any different form than that which He originally made them.
E. Salvation Through Christ Alone
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as the Only means to eternal life with God are born again of, and indwelt by, the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming the children of God (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10). Once a person believes in Jesus as Savior, they are eternally secure in their salvation (John 10:28-30; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14).
F. The Bodily Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection, (2 Corinthians 4:14), the future eternal hope of Glory for those who have been regenerated in Christ, and the eternal punishment of those outside of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15).
G. Christian Life
We believe that all Christians (those who have received Jesus Christ by faith) are called into holy, Spirit-filled living (1 Peter 1:15-16; Galatians 5:16). This would require being in tune with God's Word and Spirit, and abstaining from sinful, worldly practices that are in contrast with what God says (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Romans 1:26-27).
H. The "Blessed Hope"
We believe in "That blessed hope" (Titus 2:13) the personal, imminent and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:11-20:6).
I. The Church
We believe that the church, the Body of Christ, is made up of all who truly believe (Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13), who have been born again of the Spirit (John 3:3-5). We believe that the local church is an assembly of professing, baptized believers in Jesus Christ who join together for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe that the local church is a self-governing body of believers who are under the authority of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) and of Jesus Christ as the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).
We believe that water baptism by immersion is an ordinance to be observed by believers in obedience to the Lord's command (Matthew 28:19). We believe baptism is a public proclamation of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
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