Statement of Faith

3.1 THE WORD OF GOD. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)

3.2 THE TRINITY. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Mark 1:10,11; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5, 6)

3.3 GOD THE FATHER. We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)

3.4 JESUS CHRIST. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28, 30-31; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; 9:5; 8:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 7:25; 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-23)

3.5 THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:16, 17, 26; 15:26, 27; 16:9-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:7-11, 27-31;14; 2 Corinthians 3:17,18; Galatians 5:22-26)

3.6 REGENERATION. We believe that mankind was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 3:19 5:2; Psalm 51:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes. 2:11; Jeremiah 17:9; John 1:13; 3:14, 16; 5:24; 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 3:19; 5:19; 8:1; 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; James 1:14; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:18)

3.7 THE CHURCH. We believe in the universal Church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons belong. We believe in the local Church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the people of the local Church the primary task of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world. (Acts 1:8; 2:42; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:19-21; Hebrews 10:23-25)

3.8 CHRISTIAN CONDUCT. We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of and love for others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be a faithful steward of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (John 14:15, 23-24; Romans 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 10:31; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Colossians 1:9-10; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 John 2:3-6)

3.9 BIBLICAL MARRIAGE. We believe that Christian marriage is a sacred institution ordained of God for the happiness of mankind and the propagation of the race. It is the spiritual and physical union of one man and one woman; this is the only legitimate sexual relationship and, according to the scriptural ideal, is to be broken only by death. Accordingly, this Church, its Pastors, and staff will not recognize any other union as a legitimate marriage; our Church and staff shall not officiate or participate in any same sex marriage or unions or ceremonies of any kind; and Church facilities shall not be used for such purposes.  (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-9, Mark 10:1-12).

3.9 BIBLICAL MARRIAGE (cont’d)

Furthermore, sexual intimacy is only properly exercised and pursued within the confines of this marital relationship. Sexual immorality, defined as any sexual activity outside of the boundaries of the sacred marital relationship between one man and one woman, is clearly and expressly prohibited by the Lord. (Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:4).

3.10 THE ORDINANCES. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local Church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

3.11 RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. We believe that every human being has a direct relationship with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each Church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9, 12)

3.12 CHURCH COOPERATION. We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with other churches and organizations. Such cooperation exists and functions by the will of the churches and organizations. Cooperation is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. (Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4, 10, 11)

3.13 THE LAST THINGS. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)