This is a summary statement of our beliefs. For a more detailed statement of our beliefs please request (by email) a copy of our Statement of Faith and Polity.
1. Trinity: God Is
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Exod. 20:2,3; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11).
2. Revelation: God Speaks
We believe the Holy Scriptures contained in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament to be the Bible; “as it is in truth, the Word of God…” (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.
We accept the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) as being those texts in the original languages that are authentic and trustworthy, and are represented by the majority of the ancient manuscripts that are available.
We accept Bible translations into other languages, provided they have been translated from the original languages, using the formal equivalence technique (word for word), and only those translations that have been drawn from the Masoretic Text and the Received Text. This would include the King James Version of the Bible in the English language, a version that we accept as trustworthy.
3. Holy Spirit: God Moves
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the Believer (John 14:16,17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1;1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5,6; Eph. 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24;49; Rom. 8:14,16,26,27).
4. Satan: God Opposes
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by God as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
5. Creation: God Makes
We believe the Biblical account of creation of the physical universe, angels and man; that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal six day, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race (Gen. 1; 2; Col. 1:16,17; John1:3).
6. Fall: God Judges
We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; 1:18,32).
7. Incarnation: God Comes
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14).8. Cross: God Dies
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; That having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient Savior (Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7, 8; Heb. 2:14-17; Isa. 53:4-7; 1 Pet. 2:24).
9. Resurrection: God Lives
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and in His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us (Matt. 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9—11; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; 5:9, 10).
10. Salvation: God Saves
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith (Jonah 2:9; Eph. 2:8; Act 15:11; Rom. 3:24, 25; John 3:16; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21).
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life (John 3:3; 2 Cor.5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1,5; Cal. 2:13; John 3:8).
11. Justification: God Accepts
We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the Believer righteous and acceptable before God, upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood (Rom. 3:24; 4:5; 5:1,9; Eph. 1:6; Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9).
12. Sanctification: God Refines
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the Believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the Believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return (Heb. 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 4:3,4; 5:23, 24; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24,25: Rev. 22:11).
13. Security: God Keeps
We believe that all who are truly born again, though they may lack the full assurance of their faith, are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ, and are eternally secure (Phil. 1:6; John 10:28,29; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:22; Jude 1).
14. Church: God Sends
We believe that a local church is a membership of immersed Believers; who have been extended the right hand of fellowship; and who willingly and regularly join together for the teaching of the Word of God, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the ministering of the Saints, the observance of its ordinances; which are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; they willingly agree to be governed by the laws of God; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (Acts 2:41, Gal. 2:9).
15. Membership: God Joins
Members of the church are given the privilege of serving in the church, at the request and under the supervision of the pastor. All members serving in the church may be subject to initial and periodic criminal background checks, as determined by the pastor, and in accordance with any policy adopted by the church.
16. Ordinances: God Requires
We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a Believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; that it is an act of Christian obedience to the Lord, subsequent to salvation; that it is a prerequisite to church membership (Matthew 28:19; Ephes. 4:5).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that participants in the Lord’s Supper should be Believers; that the elements of bread and unfermented wine (juice) are merely symbols of the body and blood of Christ (Acts 8:36, 38, 39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42).
17. Pastor: God Calls
We believe that the pastor is the spiritual leader and under-shepherd of the church; We believe that pastors are called of God, chosen by the people and confirmed by other pastors; that they must meet the qualifications of the pastor as found in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9).
We believe that pastor(s) of the church may officiate wedding ceremonies, whether in the church or outside the church, only for marriages that are between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-9).
18. Deacons: God Enables
We believe that deacons are called by God to serve under the pastor, as he seeks to lead God’s people; We believe that deacons are appointed by the pastor and approved by majority vote of the church. That they must meet the qualifications of the deacon as found in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 3:8-13).
19. Trustees: God Entrusts
We believe that the trustees are appointed by the pastor, to serve under the pastor as he seeks to lead God’s people. That they must meet the qualifications of the “stewards” as found in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 4:2).
20. Missions: God Commissions
We believe that churches share the responsibility of reaching the world for Christ; that churches should give financial and prayerful support to missionaries (Acts 1:7-8;1 Cor. 16:1).
21. Conscience: God Leads
We believe that the Bible teaches the Priesthood of the Believer; that each Believer has direct access to God, through Jesus Christ our High Priest; that no other priest or hierarchical system can fill the gap between God and man, and that no man should ever violate another man’s conscience (1 Pet. 2:9; Heb. 10:19; Matt. 27:51; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
22. Separation: God Purifies
We believe that all who are saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that Believers should separate themselves from all forms of religious apostasy and idolatry and any other habit or vice that would tend to lead them away from Christ (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 Thess. 1:9, 10; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; Rom. 16:17; 2 John 9-11).
23. Family: God Loves
We believe that human beings are created in the image of God; that human life begins at conception and that an unborn child in the womb is an image-bearer of God. We believe that God created marriage to be a covenant relationship between one man and one woman; and that He created sex for married couples only. God created human life and marriage; therefore, we value the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.
24. Government: God Rules
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except in those things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and is the coming King of Kings (Rom. 13:1-7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Exod. 18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19; 20; Dan. 3:17,18).
25. Israel: God Remembers
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the Holy Land, and that, after the completion of the Church, all Israel will be saved at the second advent of Christ (Gen. 13:14-17; Rom. 11:1-32; Ezek. 37).
26. Kingdom: God Reigns
We believe in the premillennial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. It is our understanding that this will take place before the seven years of the Tribulation (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Car. 15:4244, 51-54; Phil. 3:20, 21; Rev. 3:10).
We believe that the Rapture of the Church and the Tribulation will culminate with the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom (Dan. 9:25-27; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isa. 9:6,7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29,30; Rev. 20:1-4,6).
27. Judgement: God Separates
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire (Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17,18; 1 John 5:19; Rom. 7:6; 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21; Rev. 20:14,15).