In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one body and one Spirit… one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of all…” Eph. 4:4-6 (NASB)
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions…Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God…The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22 (NASB)
In all our beliefs — we show love.
“If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1Cor. 13:2 (NASB)
The Essentials We Believe
We believe in the absolute authority and accuracy of the Holy Bible, both the Old and New Testaments; its full verbal inspiration in the original manuscripts, and its all-sufficiency as the Christian's rule of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is but one living and true God, the infinite, all-knowing, perfect Spirit and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver and Supreme Ruler of the universe, Who is perfect in holiness, mercy and love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, and worthy of all possible honor, Who reveals Himself to the world as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and harmonious in all His works. (Deut. 6:4; Neh. 9:6; 1 Chron. 29:11,12; Ex. 15:11; 1 John 4:8; Matt. 28:19; Isaiah 45:21b)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man, and is the only and sufficient Mediator between God and man. (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:35; John 1:1; 2:14; 12:45; 14:9; 1 Tim. 2:5)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God, co-equal with the Father and Son, Whose ministry is to convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment, to regenerate the unbelieving, and to seal, sanctify, teach and comfort those who have believed in Jesus Christ. (John 16:8-11; 3:3, 7; 14:26; Eph. 1:13)
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death; thus, we believe that all men, by nature and by choice, are sinners and, apart from Christ, shall be forever separated from God. (Gen. 1:21; 2:17; Exodus 18:20a; Rom. 6:23)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe on Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (1 Cor. 15:3,4; Rev. 1:5)
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God. (Eph. 2:8,9; John 3:3,7; 1:12)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe in the personal, visible, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom upon the earth. We believe the Scriptures teach that the rapture of the church will be pretribulational, and that Christ's return to establish His kingdom will be premillennial.
(1 Cor. 15:4; Acts 1:8-11; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1,2; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
(1 Cor. 15:20-24; Rev. 20:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:8)
We believe in the church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members, and that the local, visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, associated together for worship, work, and fellowship.
(1 Cor. 12:1-31; Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47)
We believe in the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper in obedience to the commands of Christ. We believe that baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit as a sign of his/her fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his/her giving of him/herself up to God to live and to walk in newness of life. We believe that the Lord's Supper is of bread and the cup, and to be commemorated of His death "till He come." (Acts 2:42, 46, 47; Eph. 5:23; Matt. 28:19,20; Phil. 3:10; Acts 2:38; 8:36-39; Rom. 16:15, 16)
We believe in the universal spiritual priesthood of believers; that is, all true believers are priests and have the privilege of approaching God through Christ and of interpreting the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit.
(1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:27; Rev. 1:6)
We believe in the sovereignty of the local church, recognizing Christ as our sole Head and that each local church has the right to be independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. (Acts 6:2,3; 4:18-20; 2 Cor. 8:19)
We strive to teach people the truths of God’s Word in a relevant and practical way that will assist in their spiritual maturity.
2 Peter 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
We desire to recognize God’s supreme value in our personal lives and our corporate worship.
Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We are intentional about reaching people with the gospel in our communities and in the world.
Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
We rely on the power of corporate and individual prayer for guidance in all matters.
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
We place a strong emphasis on the family unit and are intentional about ministering to the entire family to enhance growth and development.
Ephesians 5:22-31 “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”
Colossians 3:18-21 “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”