what we believe
What We Believe
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, that they are distinct personalities with divine roles, but one God. And we believe that God is the sole creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 4:4-6).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God; He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross in the place of our sins, and rose physically from the grave. And we believe that Jesus will return as our victorious Lord (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:14-16).
We believe that everyone who accepts Christ, in faith, repenting of their sins and being baptized for the forgiveness of their sins, receives the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, glorifies Jesus Christ, comforts the afflicted, sanctifies, equips believers with spiritual gifts, unifies the body of Christ, teaches us the Word of God, and assures us of our salvation (Matthew 28:19; John 14:16-17).
We believe that the Bible is the written revelation of God, divinely inspired and inerrant. It is the only authority for all faith … it is our guide (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that the Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith. Salvation does not come as the result of something we have done but rather because of what God has done. It is a free gift that cannot be earned or deserved. We receive that “gift” by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that baptism is essential to salvation. The New Testament provides a clear and consistent pattern of salvation that includes repentance of sins, faith in Christ, confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior, and baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins. In the New Testament, every believer was commanded to be baptized (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7).
We believe the church should function as the body of Christ, an extension of Jesus Christ’s character, attitude, behavior, and mission (to make disciples). We believe that Jesus is the head of His Church (Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18-20).
We believe that Jesus established two ordinances: The Lord’s Supper (communion) and baptism. The Bible does not set a prescribed time for observing this supper, but we follow Acts 20:7 by coming together each Sunday to remember Jesus Christ and partake of the emblems that represent his body and blood sacrificed for us (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
We believe that man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by sin, which separates man from God (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:18-19).