With respect to THE BIBLE, we believe that the 66 books of Scripture, received as the finished canon, collectively and particularly are the inspired Word of God; penned by men but sourced in God; inerrant in the original autographs, infallible in all it contains, the sole authority for faith and life, respectfully interpreted with a normal, literal, historical and grammatical hermeneutic.
Psalm 19:7-9; 119:89; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:21
With respect to THE TRINITY, we believe that there is one God existing eternally in three distinct Persons yet possessing one equally divine essence; singular in deity yet simultaneously separate in role and relationship within the Godhead.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-2; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
With respect to GOD THE FATHER, we believe that He exists eternally as the Creator and sovereign Ruler of all things, seen and unseen, perfectly good, just, and righteous in all ways and in all aspects, faithfully revealed by God the Son in life and illuminated by God the Spirit in the pages of Scripture.
Genesis 1:1; Leviticus 11:44; Psalm 19:9; 29:10; 147:4-5; Acts 14:15; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 John 4:8
With respect to GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST,, we believe that He is both God and Man, completely and simultaneously, without the confusion of natures, nor the dilution of divine power. Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life yet died an innocent and substitutionary death on the cross; exclusively qualified and able to bear the sins of the world. He physically rose from the dead and actually ascended into heaven where He is our sympathetic High Priest and tireless Advocate.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 8:40; 11:33; Romans 3:24-26; 8:34; Hebrews 2:14; 4:15
With respect to GOD THE SPIRIT, we believe that He is a divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, bringing new life to the spiritually dead, baptizing at conversion all believers into one true Church, indwelling them permanently, sealing them for the day of redemption, giving spiritual gifts to them for ministry, and repeatedly filling those who yield to Him in faith.
John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; Romans 8:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:7-11, 13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 5:18
With respect to HUMANKIND, we believe that Adam and Eve were actually and directly created by God in a state of moral innocence, without sin, and in the image of God, enjoying perfect fellowship with Him in the Garden of Eden. By Adam’s voluntary disobedience, the entire human race fell into sin, was cursed, inherited a sinful nature, died spiritually, relationally and eventually physically, became alienated from God, and was totally incapable of redeeming its lost and depraved condition apart from the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Mark 7:20-23; John 2:24-25; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; 5:12-19; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:18
With respect to SALVATION, we believe that it a gift of God’s unmerited grace culminating in God’s praise and unrivaled glory. This salvation is the gracious and permanent exchange of Christ’s perfect righteousness and eternal life for man’s sin and death; a transaction secured through faith alone—not human works—in the sufficiency of finished work of Jesus Christ’s perfect life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection. All who trust the Savior alone for salvation are forgiven of their sins, regenerated by the work of the Spirit, adopted into the family of God, and assured a home in heaven for eternity.
John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; Romans 3:28; 5:10-11; 8:9, 16; 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7
With respect to THE CHURCH, we believe that it is a living, spiritual community of all the redeemed people in the world, over which Christ is Head. The Church exists globally and historically and yet is expressed locally and openly by those who voluntarily and regularly gather together for the purposes of worship, growth, study, fellowship, evangelism, and training including the two symbolic ordinances given to the Church for remembrance and celebration: communion and water baptism.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25
With respect to ANGELS, we believe that there exist specially created spiritual beings in the unseen realms. They exist in both holy and unholy states. The holy angels are sinless, obedient servants of God, powerful within God’s purposes and sovereignty. The unholy angels include Satan and his minions, who are also powerful, but disobedient and limited by God’s purposes and sovereignty. Haters of Christ, accusers of Christ’s people, and usurpers of Christ’s glory, the unholy angels (demons) are destined for the eternal torments of the Lake of Fire.
Genesis 3:1-19; Psalm 8:5; Isaiah 14:12-14; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Hebrews 1:14; 2:14; Revelation 20:10
With respect to FUTURE EVENTS, we believe that Jesus Christ will personally rapture the Church before a time of great tribulation. After this, Jesus will physically return to earth in order to establish His literal, 1000-year kingdom with all the saints from every age. For the regenerate, Jesus’ second coming is the “blessed hope”; the beginning of the eternal state in an actual place called heaven. For the unregenerate, Jesus’ second coming brings certain judgment of sin and eternal separation from God in an actual place called hell.
Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:3-31; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 19:11-20:6
What We Believe
KNOW • LOVE • SERVE