What We Believe
1. The Bible is God's preserved Word, divinely inspired, written by men moved by the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters. As the written Word of God, its authority governs all and extends to every facet of things known and unknown. We do not believe in a compartmentalized view of the Bible, in which its authority is restricted to things considered "spiritual." As all things are ruled by God, there is only one authority over all--God (Who cannot lie), and the Bible is His Word. (Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:128; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

2. There is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7)

  • God the Father is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves all that come to Him through Jesus Christ from sin and eternal death. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4; John 3:16)
  • Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, of virgin birth, sinless in life, and making atonement for the sins of the world by His death. We believe in His bodily resurrection; His ascension; and His visible, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; John 10:30, 33; John 11:25; Acts 1:11; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Revelation 19:11-16)
  • The Holy Spirit came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 4:24; John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:13)


3. All men by nature and by choice are sinners, but "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's presence, and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. (John 3:16; Romans 3:19, 23)


4. The Church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated and using their gifts for worship, fellowship, service, exhortation, and accountability while we watch for His imminent return. (Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-23; 2 Peter 3:13-18)
 

5. Every human being is responsible to God; each church is independent and autonomous (under God) and must be free from interference by a denominational or political authority. Therefore, the church must be kept sovereign from the secular state. (Romans 13--which, in context, is in regard to the authority of the church, not the state; Romans 14:12; 1 Timothy 3:4-5; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7, 17)

STATEMENT OF FAITH