A. The ScripturesWe believe that all the Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, are God breathed, inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and this Word of God is the supreme and final authority for faith and life (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18).
B. The Godhead
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Isaiah 48:16) and that these three are one God (Deuteronomy 6:4); having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections.
C. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power (Psalms 90:2). We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of man, that He hears and answers prayers (Isaiah 65:24), and that He saves from the penalty of sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
D. God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), and is truly God and truly man joined in one person forever. He was sinless in His life (I Peter 2:21-22), and made atonement for the sins of the world by His shed blood and substitutionary death ( Mark 10:45). We believe in His bodily resurrection
(I Corinthians 15:4), in His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us, as high priest and advocate (I John 2:1; Hebrews 4:14).
E. God the Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit who came forth to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8-11). He regenerates, indwells, sanctifies, and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1; Titus 3:5; John 14:26).
F. Man and Sin
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), but through the sin of Adam, all mankind inherited a sin nature, became alienated from God, and became totally depraved resulting in both physical and spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 5:12). Man is unable to alter his lost condition. Therefore, it is God’s grace that intervenes in the heart of man.
We believe that Satan, a fallen angel (Luke 10:18), is god of this age (II Corinthians 4:4), adversary of Christ and His church (Ephesians 6:12), and that his destiny is eternal punishment in hell (Revelation 20:10).
We believe that salvation is a gift from God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10). Man’s step of faith is a result of God’s sovereign work in man’s heart (John 6:65). Christ’s shed blood and substitutionary death on the cross of Calvary provided redemption and is the only basis for our justification (Romans 3:24). The primary purpose of man’s salvation is to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). Once saved, believers are kept by God’s power and thus secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 13:5; John 6:37-40).
I. The Church
We are placed in the church (the body of Christ) by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13) when one trusts in the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross. We believe that God ordained the autonomous local church for worship, edification, fellowship, and evangelism. The local church has the right and responsibility to exercise discipline in a loving, biblical manner (I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 2:5-11).
We believe that there are two ordinances, baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Every believer is instructed by God to participate in both ordinances subsequent to their salvation. These ordinances provide no merit for salvation, but are an outward expression of faith regarding the believer’s identification and fellowship with Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-24; Romans 6:3-4).
K. Future Things
We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal and imminent coming of our Lord in the air for His saints (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just (I Corinthians 15) and the unjust (Revelation 20: 11-15), and the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost (II Thessalonians 1: 8-9).