What We Believe
"Our purpose is to WIN people to Christ, BUILD their relationship with God and each other, and SEND members into ministry, and missionaries to reach the world."
This statement incorporates five purposes of the church:
• Evangelism – “Win people to Christ”
• Discipleship – “Build their relationship with God”
• Fellowship – “Build their relationship with each other”
• Ministry – “Send members into ministry”
• Missions – “Send missionaries to reach the world”
Statements of Faith
The Bible: The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice. [II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21].
God: The Trinity of the Godhead
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. [Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; II Corinthians 13:14].
Man: The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God, which separation has been transmitted to the entire race of man, the man Christ Jesus alone excepted; hence every child of Adam is born into the world with a sinful nature. [Genesis 2:7; 6:5; Isaiah 64:6; John 5:40; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Hebrews 9:27-28].
Virgin Birth of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary--true God and true man. [Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35].
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary Savior, and that we are justified on the grounds of the shed blood of the Son of God. Those who recognize they are sinners in need of a savior, repent from their sin, and put their faith in Christ alone for salvation, calling on Him to save them, are born again. This is accomplished by the Spirit of God and thereby become children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. [Leviticus 17:11; John 1:12,29; 5:24; Romans 3:23,5:6-9, 6:23,10:9-13; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:22].
We believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ, and as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation, and that he or she thus regenerated is eternally secure. [John 3:16, John 10:27-29; Romans 8:33-39; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5, I John 5:13].
The Blessed Hope
We believe in that "Blessed Hope," which is the personal, premillenial and imminent return of the Lord. [Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 1:9-10; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 22:20].
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. [II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1].
Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that our Lord and Savior clearly prescribed for His believing disciples the rites of Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Table; the one as a symbol and proclamation of the sinner's death to sin and his resurrection in newness of life in Christ Jesus; the other as a memorial of the Lord's death to be kept by His disciples until He comes again, according to His promise and the Father's revealed plan. [Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26].
The Eternal State
We believe in the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost. We believe that the position either of reconciliation, or enmity toward God is eternally fixed at death, The saints of all the ages will be forever with the Lord, and will become joint-heirs with Him in His inheritance. We further believe that there is an appointed day for the judgment of the wicked when they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain for ever and ever, in varying degrees of torment according to their works. [Daniel 12:3; 7:26-27; Romans 8:17; I Thessalonians 4:17; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; 22:11].
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan has the characteristics of personhood, is the father of lies, and a murderer from the beginning. He is the great deceiver of all the nations, will be finally overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ, and cast into the bottomless pit for I,000 years. He will be ultimately committed to the Lake of Fire with all his angels to be tormented forever and ever. [Job 1:6-12; John 8:44; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:12-16; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10].
The Church and Missions
We believe that the local church is the tool that God has ordained to minister to individual believers in this dispensation. Every Christian should join and participate in its mission as a part of the body of Christ. The goal of the church is to win the lost, edify believers, and participate in reaching the world for Christ. [Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11-16].