We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Word of God
We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Exodus 34:5-7; I John 3:1; I Corinthians 2:9-10; Matthew 6:4-9)
God the Father
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son and that He has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfection as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God but also true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible, imminent return from heaven.
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-10)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost, and to empower the believer for godly living and service.
(John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
We believe that God created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. Through the fall of Adam, man became a sinner by nature. We further believe that man is a sinner by choice and that he is therefore spiritually dead. We also believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based on the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We further believe that this salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.
(John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9)
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been baptized upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.
(1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
Separation of Church and State
We believe that each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life and that each one should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience.
(Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
We believe that the supreme task of all believers is to glorify God in their lives; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ.
(Eph. 1:6; Col. 3:1-17; Micah 6:8)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, in the eternal existence of both either in heaven or in hell, and in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments.
(Mark 9:47-48; Matt. 25:34, 46; I Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13- 18;Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 20:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:50-58)