Doctrinal Statement

 


The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. We believe that the original autographs were inspired and that reliable translations communicate the Word of God to us today.

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10,26). 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14:2;  2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary  sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-26; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2 ).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, convinces the believer that he is righteousness, and applies the judgment of the cross on Satan; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins ( John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1Peter 1:18-19).

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1 Cor, 1:4-8; 1Peter1:4-5).

The Church

We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ is solely made up of born-again persons (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph.1:22-23; 5:25-27).

We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in this age (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

Social Issues

We believe that the local church should be submissive to local and state governments. The only exception being when civil governments attempt to limit or stop the preaching of the Word of God, or the activities of the church. 

We believe that marriage consists of one man and one woman and we are opposed to homosexuality. 

We are opposed to abortion, believing that it is the murder of the unborn. 

We believe it is unscriptural for Christian brothers and sisters to bring lawsuits against one another.