What We Believe


Bible

We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal, authoritative word of God. It is the final authority on matters of doctrine within the church. It reveals who God is, who we are, why we are here and testifies that Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Bible serves as the standard of living our lives according to God’s will for us. (II Timothy 3:16‐17; II Peter 1:20‐21; Proverbs 30:5‐6; Romans 16:25‐26; Romans 15:4; John 5:39; Hebrews 1:1‐2; Hebrews 4:12; Luke 21:33).

God

We believe there is one God who is the loving creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1‐2; John 10:30; John 1:1‐3; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16‐17; Isaiah 9:6)

Jesus

We believe Jesus is the one and only eternal son of God who was with God the Father from the beginning.  He was conceived by God the Father through the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life among mankind, performed miracles, and taught about God the Father. He died on the cross, atoning for the sins of mankind through the shedding of his blood. After three days he rose from the dead, appeared to mankind, and then ascended to reign in heaven with God the Father.    He serves as the mediator between God the Father and mankind and will return again to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1‐3, 14; John 1:29; I Timothy 3:16; John 3:16‐17; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Philippians 2:5‐11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34‐35)

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and marks Christians for the day of redemption by God. He draws us toward God, transforms us into increasing holiness, intercedes on our behalf in prayer, and guides us in our daily lives. (John 14:15‐17,23‐26; Romans 8:9‐11; Romans 8:26‐27; Luke 11:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13‐14; Acts 2:38‐39; Ephesians 4:30)

Mankind

We believe men and women are the supreme objects of God’s creation, being created in his image and given the responsibility for care of his creation. Although each individual is capable of much good, everyone has sinned, rebelled in some way against the will of God, and comes short of the glory of God. Sin separates people from God with humanity’s only hope of redemption being in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:27‐28; Psalm 8:3‐6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12‐21; Isaiah 59:1‐2).

Church

We believe the church is the Body of Christ on earth, being God’s spiritual family. It consists of men and women of diverse strengths, backgrounds and struggles who are to work together in love to serve Jesus Christ and help each other grow and mature in their faith. Members of the church are to love, honor, and share with each other (Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:11‐16; Romans 12:10‐13).

Family

We believe the family is a significant part of God’s plan for spiritual growth and development. Parents have the responsibility to guide the spiritual development of their children and lead them toward God. Marriages are intended to be between one man and one woman. The relationship between Christ and the church serves as a model for the relationship between a husband and wife in marriage. (Deuteronomy 6:6‐7; Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 1:8‐9; Ephesians 5:21‐33; Genesis 2:19‐24)

Salvation

We believe salvation is a free gift offered to all people by the grace of God and accepted through faith in Christ Jesus as the atoning sacrifice for sin. It is not a result of human efforts or good works. Through salvation people have the hope of eternal life with God (heaven).  (Ephesians 2:8‐9; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:4‐7; I John 5:11‐12)

Baptism

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of an individual in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, Jesus Christ, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in a new life in Jesus Christ. It is through baptism we receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit who comes to live inside each Christian. (Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12, 35‐38; Colossians 2:12; Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3‐4)

Lord’s Supper

We believe the Lord’s Supper is a time of special communion in the presence of God whereby believers share bread and grape juice (symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ) in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross for forgiveness of our sins. It was Jesus himself who established the memorial the evening prior to his death. It is observed each Sunday as a part of the congregational worship service.  (Matthew 26:26‐30; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23‐26)

Statement of Belief