Doctrinal Statement

The Bible

We believe the whole Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, and without error in the original writings. The Bible is our final authority on all matters of faith and practice. (2 Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13) 

God

We believe there is one God – eternal, all-powerful, and unchangeable – existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1–14; John 10:30; John 15:26; I Timothy 1:17; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 4:11)

Humanity

We believe that mankind is made in the image of God, both male and female. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by practice, being alienated from God. Humanity is unable to remedy this condition by any deed of their own. (Genesis 1:26–27; Titus 1:15; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10–20).

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is uniquely the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, but also the Father of all His people. God is the sovereign judge to whom all people will give account after death. (2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:3; Romans 15:6; Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 64:8; Malachi 2:10; John 1:12–13; Romans 8:14–17; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:18–19; 4:6; 1 John. 3:1).

Jesus

We believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) prophesied of in the Old Testament. He is the eternal Son of God, co-equal and co-essential with God, who became man without ceasing to be God; was born of a virgin; lived a perfect life; was put to death for humanity’s sins; was resurrected by the father; ascended to enthronement and glory; and will return again to earth. (Matthew 1:22–23; 16:16; Luke 1:26–38; Luke 22:69; John 1:1, 14; John 3:16; Acts 10:39–43; Romans 5:8–11; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6–8; Colossians 2:9; 3:1; I Thessalonians 4:15–17; Hebrews 2:8–9; 4:14–15; 12:1–2; 1 Peter 2:24)

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who possesses all the divine attributes. He indwells all believers, baptizes, imparts gifts as He wills, and seals all believers at the moment of their salvation. (John 14:16–17; 16:13–14; Acts 2:38; Acts 15:8–9; Romans 8:9-17; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 3:16; 6:19; 12:4–11; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:17-18)

The Gospel & Salvation

We believe that the gospel is the good news that God sent Jesus Christ to died on the cross on behalf of humanity’s sins. Through His sacrifice He has paid the price of sin, death, and now offers the free gift of Salvation.

Salvation is the gift of God brought to people by grace and received by personal trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those who have so trusted in Jesus Christ are saved, forgiven, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and enabled to live a godly life through submission to Him. God’s plan of salvation is for His glory so that we might love Him and enjoy Him forever. (Ephesians 2:8–10; Romans 3:22–26; 10:9–13; Galatians 2:16–21; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Titus 3:5)

The Church

We believe that all believers are called to assemble for teaching, prayer, praise, fellowship, and ministry regularly in a local church. We believe that Jesus is the head and supreme authority over the church. We believe that love for God, other believers, and for the world is to define who we are and how we live. (Luke 6:35; John 13:35; Romans 12:6–10; Ephesians 4:4,15; Colossians 2:9–12; Galatians 6:10; 1 John 4:7)

Evangelism

We believe that all Christians are to go and make disciples of all nations through teaching and baptizing. We believe the gospel goes out to people in word and is lived out in service. (Matthew 28:18–20; Acts 2:22–36; Matthew 5:16; James 2:14–18; 1 Peter 2:12)

Future Events

We believe that Jesus is returning to earth to judge all of humanity. We also believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; Those that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal punishment (Matthew 24:36–44; John 14:1–3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18; 1 Peter 4:5). 

Non-Essentials

We also believe that there are teachings and practices such as baptism, ordination, sacraments, church government, spiritual gifts, end times, etc., with respect to which men and women of good Christian faith differ, and that it is the duty both of private Christians and groups of believers to exercise love and mutual forbearance toward each other in their discussion and observation. We believe that, whenever possible, believers should strive for unity among those who name Jesus as Lord.