Our Beliefs

GOD

We believe in the sovereign and triune God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who created the universe and our world by His power and out of nothing, and in the beauty and perfection of His goodness.  We affirm the literal, historical, and biblical creation of Adam and Eve in the image of God, in righteousness, holiness, and truth, whose natures were without sin.

MANKIND

We believe that through Adam, mankind has fallen into sin, and now in a state of depravity and disobedience, all men are born sinful and naturally estranged from God and live in a world thoroughly corrupted by sin.  We, therefore, affirm the need for all men to be redeemed from their sins and we confess that men, though fallen and depraved, are precious in the sight of God.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that God the Father sent His Son, incarnate and virgin born as Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, to pay the penalty for sin and earn forgiveness for those who trust in Him as Savior. We affirm His resurrection which guarantees our eternal life, His mediation and prayerful intercession on behalf of all Christians.  His reign as Lord, at the right hand of pf the Father, and His real, visible, and physical return to earth, in time to come, to judge the living and the dead.  Thus, we affirm man’s importance by believing that all men are responsible to God and they are called upon to repent of their sins and believe in Christ.

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is the Holy Scriptures of God and is infallible because it cannot err and inerrant because it has not erred in all that it states.  The Bible is inspired by God, sufficient for all matters of faith and godliness, authoritative over all men, and relevant to every age.  In both its law and its gospel, it proclaims salvation by grace through faith and sets what men must believe about God and what God requires of man.

THE CHURCH

We believe in the Church of Christ, set forth in Scripture as the communion of all true believers worldwide, and in particular, of the voluntary assembly of Christians in local congregations. We affirm that every believer and Christian household should unite with, support, and be active in a local Bible-believing, Christ-honoring church that affirms the historic faith of Christendom.  We believe in the means of grace given to the church – the Word, Prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and Baptism – and believe that these ordinances are to be kept faithfully until Christ returns.  We believe that every local church has an important responsibility to nurture, instruct, and guard the children of the church in the love of Christ.

ETERNAL LIFE

We believe in the immortality of the soul, in a real and literal heaven, as well as, an actual hell.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the judgment of the world by Christ, and the eternal reward of the believer along with the eternal punishment of the unbeliever.  We affirm that human life is too precious a gift to be left to destruction and thus, we proclaim the Gospel of Grace in the hope that mankind will be saved.

SALVATION

We believe that one cannot enter the kingdom of God unless born again spiritually, and that the salvation of the believer comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished by the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this redemption is an act of grace, an unmerited gift, given in love by God and not the result of human works.  We believe that, upon receiving the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, the believer passes immediately out of spiritual death, into spiritual life, and into fellowship with God.  We also believe that, once this salvation is accomplished, we and all true believers everywhere shall be kept forever.

BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ.  It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.  Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.

STEWARDSHIP

We believe that God is the Source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are, we owe to Him.  Christians have an obligation to share the gospel with: the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means, cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

PRAYER AND PRAISE

We believe in the worship of the Lord through singing, clapping, and the lifting of hands. We believe in the authority of the believer to ask freely of the Lord for your needs.

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

We believe that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. God has given us this wonderful spiritual gift to bless us, edify us, and refresh us throughout our lives on this earth. Jesus declared in Mark 16:17 that “these signs  shall follow them that believe; in My Name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues.”