What We Believe
We believe that the entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and thus is without error in the original manuscripts. This means that as a church, we can rely on what the Bible says about our spiritual life and personal life. The Bible is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.
We recognize only the God of the Bible. Thus we believe that there is only one living and true God and that He is an infinite, unchanging, and personal Spirit. God eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is sovereign over all of creation. This means we must recognize his presence and rule in every area of our lives.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Thus Jesus Christ is both God and man. We believe in his sacrificial, substitutionary, atoning death on the cross and his literal bodily resurrection which accomplished our redemption. This means that it is only through faith in Christ’s finished work that man can make peace with God and obtain eternal life.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. This means that the Spirit is at work in this world to help, teach, and guide all Christians. It is only by the Spirit’s illumination whereby man can understand Christ and his word.
We believe that man was created sinless, under the law of God and in the image of God, but by voluntary transgression fell from that state. Because we are united to Adam as our representative, the entire human race has fallen under sin, not by constraint but by choice, and suffers the consequences of alienation from God, judgment, and death. This means that all men are sinners and in need of God’s grace to forgive sin.
We believe that salvation is sovereignly initiated by God, and that it is a free gift brought to man wholly by grace through faith in the finished atoning work of our righteous substitute Jesus Christ, who alone is sufficient to justify man who is lost in sin and walking in darkness. This means that it is the church’s responsibility to proclaim the gospel, but it is God’s work to save.
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and in service to his fellow men, and that his conduct should be blameless before the world and worthy of the gospel of Christ. This means that living by grace is not a license to sin, but a responsibility to choose to honor God by obedience to him over choosing to fulfill ones desires.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that at death the soul of the believer passes into the presence of Christ and remains in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own. This means that believers are not to be satisfied with the temporal pleasures of this world, which cannot compare with the future splendor of God.