Statement of Faith
We believe there is one God, the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant (in the original language) word of God and is sufficient to deal with any need arising in either the heart or mind of mankind.
We believe man was created in the image of God. Adam and Eve lived in a sinless state until they disobeyed God by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This resulted in sin entering the world and the need for a savior.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, left heaven approximately 2000 years ago, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as the penalty of all mankind’s sin, and physically rose again three days later, so that those who trust in Jesus will have eternal life with Him and can have victory over sin.
We believe the Bible clearly teaches there is only one way of salvation, through faith in Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. This decision determines whether the individual’s eternal soul will spend eternity in heaven or hell.
Though mankind is born spiritually dead, the Holy Spirit is faithful to reveal Christ to us and our need for Him. When the Holy Spirit prompts the unbeliever toward salvation, he or she can either accept or reject that prompting to repent of his or her sins. Once an unbeliever truly repents of his or her sins and asks for forgiveness from God, that individual is spiritually born again, and is a true believer whose salvation is secure.
We believe in progressive sanctification, the process by which each believer learns to trust and obey, and is able to be transformed by the renewing of the mind to become more like Christ, in thought, word and deed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that in the church age there are two ordinances set forth in the Epistles for us to follow. Water baptism happens after salvation and is by full immersion unless impossible. It represents an outward expression of an inward change.
Communion, “The Lord’s Supper”, represents the broken body and spilled blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and is done in remembrance of Him. Neither is necessary for salvation, but are done in obedience to the Word of God.
We believe that the church, universal and local, is ordained by God and that every believer should be committed to a local assembly. Several reasons include:
- to be under the authority of a pastor/teacher
- to exercise our spiritual gifts and minister to the body
- to give of our resources
- to fellowship with other believers
- to grow spiritually
- to evangelize the lost
- to encourage, serve and love one another