What We Believe


1. We believe that the Bible is God’s special revelation of Himself to man. Written by men as inspired by God’s Spirit, it is both infallible and inerrant. Therefore, the Bible is both trustworthy and authoritative for the lives of all people. It is the standard by which we should conduct ourselves and the measure by which we test all thought and opinion. The focus of the written word, the Bible, is the eternal Word, Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Psalms 19:7-10; Psalm 119; Isaiah 40:8; Jeremiah 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 21:33; 24:44-45; John 1:1-3; 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

2. We believe there is only one true and living God. He is a spiritual and personal Being, infinite in existence, power, knowledge, holiness, and all other perfections. God is Creator, Sovereign, and Redeemer of the universe. To Him alone is owed all worship from every living creature. The eternal God has always existed and expresses Himself as a Triune Being. This Trinity is revealed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes but no division of nature, essence, or being.

Genesis 1:1: 2:7; Exodus 20:1-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 6:1-3; 43:3; 44:24; 45:5-6; Jeremiah 32:27; John 1:1; 4:24; 8:58; 10:30; Acts 28:25b; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 1:1-14; 4:4-6, 30; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-18; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-12.

3. We believe that God made mankind in His own image, male and female, as the crowning work of His creation, innocent of sin and with freedom of choice. With the freedom to choose, man sinned against God, thus bringing sin into the human race. Through this fall from innocence, all of humanity has since inherited a nature and environment bent toward sin. Therefore, as soon as people are capable of moral decision, they will choose to sin and come under condemnation. Only through God’s gracious work on the cross can they be brought back into a right relationship with Him. Because God is the Creator and Sustainer of life, all human life is special, endowed with value and dignity, and worthy of respect and love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6-8,12-19; 6:23; 7:14-25; 8: 29; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

4. We believe that salvation is solely the work of God involving the redemption of the whole man. It is not earned by anything man can do, but only through personal faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as the sacrifice to obtain eternal life for the believer. Biblical faith is two-fold, including both mental belief and godly sorrow leading to repentance. Consequently, there is no other way man can be made right with God. Because of God’s grace, the offer of salvation is extended to every person, though not all choose to accept it. Rightly understood, God’s salvation of the believer involves the past, present, and future. Once God begins the work of salvation in the life of the believer, He will complete the work, assuring that all true believers will persevere to the end.

Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:24-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 13:1-9; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; Romans 1:16-17; 2:4; 3:10-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10,13; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:4-5; 8-18; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:13-22; 3:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:3; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-21; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-8; 22:17

5. We believe that a New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation composed of a covenant fellowship of baptized believers who participate in the observance of the two ordinances of Jesus Christ. A true church is governed by God’s Word, gifted to serve one another and privileged with the inheritances afforded to believers by God. Furthermore, a true church seeks to glorify God by extending the gospel to the ends of the earth and making disciples of Christ. More broadly, the church is known as the body of Christ which consists of believers from every tribe, tongue, and people. The scriptural officers of the church are pastors and deacons.

Matthew 16:13-19; 18:15-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 6:3-7; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12:1-31; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 4:11-16; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1, 27; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3.

6. We believe that there are two ordinances mandated by God’s Word for the church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is a symbol of what has already occurred in the believer’s life through salvation and a testimony of God’s future grace in the final resurrection. Although it is a prerequisite for church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper, it is not necessary for salvation. The Lord’s Supper is an obedient observance to remember the Lord’s death, contemplate His sacrifice, and anticipate His second coming. The elements of the Lord’s Supper are the bread and the fruit of the vine, symbolizing the body and blood of Christ respectively.

Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:18-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:12-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:17-34; Colossians 2:12.

7. We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead. It should be devoted to worship, spiritual matters, and rest. (John 20:19-26; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:25)

Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1-10; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-9,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25.

8. We believe that God, according to His purpose, is bringing all things to their appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return gloriously, the dead will be raised, believers will be rewarded according to their deeds, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will dwell in the Lake of Fire, forever separated from God. The righteous will dwell with God, having received both their glorified bodies and their eternal reward.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9-10; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28, 35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:1-12; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:7-13; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

9. We believe that all we have and are is from God. We are stewards of God’s resources and the earth and partners in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Additionally, we have been entrusted with all these blessings in order to use them for God’s glory and in ministry to others. Consequently, believers should serve God and others with their energy, time, gifts, skills, and material possessions, not begrudgingly or by coercion but cheerfully and liberally.

Genesis 14:20; Exodus 35:4-36:7; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 6:38; 12:16-21, 42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 20:35; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12:1-31; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Philippians 4:10-19.

10. We believe that civil government is established by God for the interest of society. Governmental leaders are to be prayed for and obeyed except in matters which oppose the will of God.

Daniel 3:16-18; Daniel 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-3.