What We Believe

The Bible

The 66 books of the Bible are the fully-inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. Biblical assertions are factually true in all the original autographs. It is our supreme and final authority in all aspects of faith and life. As a result, the Bible is not limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes only but also includes its assertions in such fields as history and science. (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

The 66 books of the Bible are to be interpreted literally within the parameters of specific contexts (e.g. author, environment and historical circumstances) and outside of obvious usages of metaphors, smilies and other forms of hyperbolic language. (e.g. 2 Peter 3:8) 

The Creation account of origins presented in Genesis is a factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, and creation. The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since creation.  (Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3)

Scripture alone is capable of interpreting itself without outside influences and/or additional commentary

The Godhead

The Godhead is triune: one God, three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – fully equal while distinct in personality and function.  

(Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6) 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, and is fully God and fully man  (John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4)

The Lord Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for _all_ men. Freedom from the penalty and power of sin is available to man only through the sacrificial death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and His complete and bodily resurrection from the dead. Those who reject Christ are subject to everlasting conscious punishment, but believers enjoy eternal life with God.  (Isaiah 53:4-11; II Corinthians 5:14-21; I John 2:1-2; II Peter 2:1; I Timothy 4:10; John 3:5-8; 16:8-13).

We believe in the imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when the church will be “gathered together unto Him”  and continue with Him into Eternity. 

(Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Thessalonians 2:1-3).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit seals, indwells and baptizes every believer at the moment of conversion. He lives and works in each believer to produce the fruits of righteousness and equips believers with service gifts on an individual basis as He sees fit.

(John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18; 4:11-12; Romans 12:6-8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:20; I Corinthians 13:8-13).

Original Sin

Man, being created in the image of God, sinned in the Garden and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. 

(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12, 19; 3:10-13; Titus 1:15-16). 

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift of God received only by faith alone in Christ alone and expressed in the individual’s repentance, or recognition of the death of Christ as full payment for sin, and acceptance of the risen Christ as Savior, Lord, and God. 

(John 1:12-13; 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Eternal Security

Once saved, the believer is secure in their salvation and are unable to lose it since it is contingent upon God’s promise and not individual effort.

(John 6:39,40; 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1; I Peter 1:5)

Baptism & The Lord's Supper

The Scriptural ordinances of the Church are to administer baptism and Lord’s Supper – both of which are available only to believers. 

(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 8:26-39; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)

Marriage & Sexuality

The only legitimate marriage sanctioned by God is the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s gender, or disagreement with one’s biological gender, is sinful and offensive to God.

(Hebrews 13:1-5, Romans 1:26-28, Jude 1:7-8, 1 Timothy 1:10, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13)

Sanctity of Life

All human life is sacred and begins at conception (defined as the moment of fertilization). The unborn child is a living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. The abortion of an unborn child or the active taking of human life through euthanasia constitutes a violation of the sanctity of human life, and is a crime against God and man. 

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