We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, that it was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, that it is absolute truth without error, that it is God’s complete revelation of His will for man, and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
One True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; infinite in knowledge and power, ever present and eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Exodus 20:2-3; Mark 12:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11
God The Father
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, and that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
John 6:45-46; Romans 11:33; Romans 15:5-7; 2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Peter 1:16
God The Son
We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, Virgin born, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death. We believe in His miracles, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people, His personal return for those who are His children (the resurrection of the righteous and the rapture of the church), and His visible return to this world to establish His kingdom (millennial kingdom).
Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 28:6-7; Mark 16:6; Luke 1:30-35; Luke 24:2–6; Luke 24:39; Luke 24:51; John 1:14; John 20:27; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:6; Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 2:1; Revelation 3:21
God The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Deity of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and who regenerates, indwells, seals, sanctifies, teaches and comforts those who are believers in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1-2; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; John 1:33; John 3:5-6; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John 16:8–11; Acts 5:30–32; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:14-16; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 2:2–4
Angels and Demons
We believe that God created a great multitude of angels, spirit beings created in holiness, and having intelligence and great power. That holy angels constantly serve God in perfect obedience. That Satan, created as one of the highest of all angels, rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven taking a host of angels with him. That Satan and his host of fallen angels (demons) work constantly against God’s purpose and program. That Satan and his demons are destined to eternal damnation in the lake of fire.
Genesis 3:1-5; Isaiah 6:2-3; Matthew 4:1–11; Matthew 26:53; Luke 2:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10
Creation And The Fall of Man
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth as recorded in the book of Genesis, and that He created man in His own image. That Adam, as the first man, was created sinless and innocent and in perfect relationship with God but fell from this position by choosing to sin. As such, all mankind are now sinners, not only by nature, but by choice and therefore are under just condemnation.
Genesis 1; Genesis 2; Genesis 3:1–6; Genesis 3:17-19; John 1:3; Romans 1:18-19; Romans 1:28-32; Romans 3:10–19; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:19; Colossians 1:16-17
We believe that man can only be saved after recognizing he is a sinner in need of a Savior and then turning from his sins and trusting in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. That this salvation is a free gift of God, is open to anyone who will accept it, and is eternally secure. That “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Isaiah 53:4-7; Jonah 2:9; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; John 10:27-30; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:14-17; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 4:10
We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers associated together by faith in Jesus Christ. That the true mission of a church is found in the Great Commission: to go and make disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them to obey the Word of God. That Jesus Christ is the head of the true church and that the individual believer has a direct and personal relationship with Him. That the local church is independent and autonomous and free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.
Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 2 Corinthians 8:19; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 8:23; Ephesians 4:1-5; Colossians 1:18
We believe that there are two offices in the local church designated in Scripture, the office of elder and the office of deacon. The office of elder denotes a position of overseeing, leadership and spiritual guidance for the spiritual well-being of the church. The office of deacon denotes a position of leadership and service in assisting with ministries and needs within the local church.
Acts 6:1-6; Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; I Timothy 5:17-19; Titus 1:5-9; James 5:14
We believe that there are two ordinances appropriately carried out within the ministry of the local church, the ordinance of baptism and the ordinance of communion. We hold to the Scriptural description of baptism being that first a person is saved through faith and then of their own accord follows in obedience of baptism by immersion (believers baptism). Baptism is a command of Christ and a public testimony that a believer has died to self and risen to a new life in Christ. We hold to the practice of communion as a time of remembrance of the sacrificial death of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus who paid the price for our sins on the cross. Communion is a command of Christ, a time of remembrance of His death, a self-examination of our present spiritual walk with Him and a reminder of His future return to this earth.a
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:5; Mark 16:16; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:12-13; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–32
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the literal existence of both heaven and hell. That both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; that those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence in Heaven, and those who have refused to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God in Hell.
Exodus 20:11; 2 Chronicles 18:18; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 5:11-12; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 10:32-33; Mark 9:43-47; Luke 12:5; John 14:2-3; Philippians 3:20; 2 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 21:1-2
We hold to a pre-tribulation, pre-millennial interpretation of the Scriptures, believing in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to gather to heaven those who have trusted Him as Lord and Savior. That in heaven, all believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema Seat) to be judged for our service to Him. On earth, during this time, the seven-year Tribulation will take place in which God will bring His judgment upon those who have rejected Him. That after the seven year Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to earth to judge the nations and establish His Millennial Kingdom, a 1000 year period characterized by righteousness and the fulfillment of God’s promises to the nation Israel. That after the 1000 year period, a great White Throne Judgment will take place where the unsaved will be judged and cast into the lake of fire along with Satan and his demons. Finally, an eternal state will be established with a new heaven and a new earth.
Isaiah 11:1-9; Daniel 9:25–27; Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 24:29–31; Matthew 25:34-41; 1 Corinthians 15:42–44; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 2:10-11; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 20:1–6; Revelation 20:14-15
Amended by Oversight Team 1/27/16
Approved by church membership 7/17/16