What We Believe
GOD is Creator and Ruler of all. He is one, and exists as Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the FATHER reigns providentially over all things. He is the Father of those who become his children through Christ. His heart is fatherly toward all people.
Jesus Christ is God’s SON. He exists eternally as God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He willingly sacrificed his sinless life as a substitute for human sin by dying on the cross. Three days later, he arose to show his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to reign.
The HOLY SPIRIT awakens us to our need for Christ and lives in all Christians, providing guidance, understanding of truth, and power for holy living. He gives believers spiritual gifts for serving God and secures them eternally. Christians seek to live under his control.
The BIBLE is God’s very Word. It was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is our supreme source of truth and authority. It is inerrant in the original writings and is the infallible truth in all matters. Jesus Christ, the living Word, is the key to interpreting the Bible.
God created PEOPLE in his own image for fellowship with him. Though created in innocence, our first parents sinned, bringing death to themselves and their posterity. All people are sinners, alienated from God, and apart from salvation through Christ we are eternally separated from God.
SALVATION is a gift of God and is received only through repentance and faith in Christ. People are justified by grace through faith, apart from any human work. All true believers, “born again” by the Spirit through Christ, are secure forever and will exhibit evidence of a transformed life.
People will exist ETERNALLY either separated from God by sin in hell, or with God through salvation in heaven.
The local CHURCH is the tangible manifestation of the universal church, the body of Christ. The ordinances are Baptism (of believers, by immersion) and the Lord’s Supper.
Through spiritual GIFTS God enables believers to serve each other and the world. “Miraculous” or “sign” gifts are not a necessity for the edification of the church today. Speaking in tongues is not encouraged in church gatherings.
This is a summary of our statement of beliefs, contact us for a complete doctrinal statement.