What We Believe
We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, inerrant, eternal, authoritative word of God. It is the final authority on matters of doctrine within the church. It reveals who God is, who we are, why we are here and testifies that Jesus Christ is our Savior. The Bible serves as the standard of living our lives according to God's will for us. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 16:25-26; Romans 15:4; John 5:39; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 4:12; Luke 21:33)
We believe there is one God who is the loving creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1‐2; John 10:30; John 1:1‐3; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16‐17; Isaiah 9:6)
We believe Jesus is the one and only eternal Son of God, who was with God the Father from the beginning. He was conceived by God the Father through the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life among mankind, performed miracles, and taught about God the Father. He died on the cross, atoning for the sins of mankind through the shedding of his blood. After three days, he rose from the dead, appeared to mankind, and then ascended to reign in heaven with God the Father. He serves as the mediator between God the Father and mankind and will return to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1‐3, 14; John 1:29; I Timothy 3:16; John 3:16‐17; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Philippians 2:5‐11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34‐35)
We believe the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and marks Christians for the day of redemption by God. He draws us toward God, transforms us into increasing holiness, intercedes on our behalf in prayer, and guides us in our daily lives. (John 14:15‐17,23‐26; Romans 8:9‐11; Romans 8:26‐27; Luke 11:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13‐14; Acts 2:38‐39; Ephesians 4:30)
Salvation is by grace through faith. We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s amazing grace (Ephesians 2:4-10), bountifully offered to all mankind (1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9), and accepted through faith in Jesus Christ and according to His conditions, but not merited by any work of man (Romans 4:1-5; 11:6; Galatians 2:16-21; Titus 3:5-7).
Salvation occurs when one is baptized into Christ. We believe that the actual point of salvation occurs when, having believed in Jesus, we allow God to do His work (not our work) of baptism upon us (Colossians 2:12). When we obey God’s command to be immersed in water, He does many wonderful things: He forgives and washes away our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), He saves us (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21), He adds us to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27), and He raises us to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:13).
Those who faithfully walk in the light are continuously cleansed. While some may tragically choose to forsake the Lord and return to a rebellious life of sin (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31), we believe the vast majority of people who come into a saved relationship with the Lord will forever remain faithful (2 Timothy 1:12; Revelation 2:10), being continuously cleansed by the blood of Christ as they diligently walk in the light (1 John 1:7).
When Christ returns all will be judged. We believe that Christ will one day come again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and that all will stand before the Lord in judgment (Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 25:31-46). Those who are in Christ will enter into eternal life; those who are not will be cast into eternal punishment (Romans 8:1; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-4, 8).