We exist to bring people to new life and maturity in Jesus Christ with the Gospel by the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. [Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8]
We envision a united, growing family, conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, bringing glory to God. [Ephesians 4:1-16]
Truth – The Bible that centers on the Gospel of God’s grace extended through the finished work of Jesus Christ, applied to every area of life. [2 Timothy 3:14-17; Luke 24:44-47]
Family – The local group of disciples who live in loving, family relationship as a part of the larger Body of Christ. [John 17:20-26; Romans 12:10]
Stewardship – The active use of God-given talents and resources to build one another up.[Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4.9-11]
Contact – Each believer being relationally connected with unbelieving people, demonstrating relationships transformed by Christ. [Matthew 5:14-16, 28.19; John 17:23]
Dependence – Reliance on the Holy Spirit in prayer and submission for fruit. [John 3:5-8; 15:4-8; Eph. 3:16-19]
We believe that the Bible, consisting of 66 books [Luke 24:44; 2 Peter 3:16; Revelation 22:18-19], is the inspired Word of God and thus without error in concept or detail [John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16]. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit [2 Peter 1:20-21]. The Bible is about the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ [Luke 24:26-27; John 5:39-40] and is designed to bring people to faith in Him[Acts 10:43; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Peter 1:10-12] and to provide practical instruction [1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:17]. The Bible is rightly embraced by those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in the community of the church [John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14] using a natural, contextual, grammatical-historical principle of interpretation [Ezra 7:10; Nehemiah 8:8; 2 Peter 3:14-16]. The Bible is our final and sufficient authority in all matters of faith and practice [1 Thessalonians 2:13].
We believe that the LORD God is the one and only Creator and Ruler of the universe [Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4]. While there is only one God, there exists three distinct but interrelated Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit [Matthew 3:16-17; 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:14] – who share the same divine nature and attributes and who are worthy of the same worship, confidence and obedience [John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4].
God is eternal [Psalms 90:2], infinite [Job 11:7-9] and unchangeable [James 1:17].
God is all-powerful [Psalms 115:3], all-knowing1 [Psalms 139:1-4] and present everywhere [Psalms 139:7-12].
God is holy [Revelations 15:4], righteous [Genesis 18:25] and faithful [Deuteronomy 7:9].
God is gracious [Exodus 34:5-6], patient [2 Peter 3:9] and loving [1 John 4:8].
Including the actual, future choices of His creatures.
God the Father
We believe that God the Father is one in essence with the Son and the Holy Spirit [2 Corinthians 13:14]. He has revealed Himself as Father, both in His designation within the Trinity [John 14:28; Luke 3:22] and His relationship with the redeemed [Ephesians 4:6; Romans 8:15]. He created all things out of nothing [Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3] by His own decree [Genesis 1:3; Psalms 33:6] in six days [Genesis 2:2; Exodus 20:11] for His own glory [Isaiah 43:7]. All creation exists and is supported by His continual and caring intervention [Isaiah 42:5; Acts 17:28] through the Son [Colossians 1:17]. God the Father eternally decreed all that will come to pass, including the election of His people, for the purpose of His own glory [Ephesians 1:3-12] and His people’s good [Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28]. He accomplishes this without being in any way the author or approver of sin or abridging the accountability of morally responsible creatures [Genesis 50:20; Acts
God the Son
We believe that as purposed by God the Father and announced in the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God [John 1:1-2; 17:5] came into this world to reveal God to mankind [Mark 1:38; John 6:38; 17:6], to fulfill prophecy [Luke 24:44] and to save His people from their sins [Matthew 1:21; Galatians 4:5; Luke 19:10]. To this end He was born of a virgin [Luke 1:30-35] and received a human body and a sinless human nature [Luke 2:40; Philippians 2:5-8]. We believe that Jesus Christ became and remained a man yet lived a sinless life [Hebrews 4:15] and that He retained His absolute deity, being, at the same time, truly God and truly man [John 1:18; 20:28].
We believe that Jesus Christ offered Himself [John 10:17-18] to die on a cross [Mark 15:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3]. He was buried and arose from the dead on the third day [1 Corinthians 15:4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:3]. He ascended to Heaven’s glory [Acts 1:9; Hebrews 9:11] and is now at the right hand of God the Father making defense and intercession on behalf of His people as High Priest [Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1]. He will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords [Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16; Titus 2:11].
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is personal (1 Cor. 12:11; Eph. 4:30; Acts 5:3) and co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (Mat. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ by convicting of sin (John 16:8) and by glorifying Jesus Christ (John 14:26; 16:14). He works salvation in those God has elected by regenerating (Titus 3:5-6), indwelling (John 14:16-17; Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 3:16), sealing (Eph. 1:13) and assuring them (Rom. 8:16) at the moment of saving faith. He provides the believer with power for living to God’s glory (Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:3-8), acceptance of spiritual truth (John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:12-14), guidance in doing what is right (Gal. 5:22-23) and gives them spiritual gifts to be used for the good of the church (1 Cor. 12:7). We daily seek to live under His leading and control (Gal. 5:16, 25; Eph. 5:18).
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, uniquely in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:27; 2:7). As image-bearers God intended all people to rightly and lovingly relate to Him (Deut. 6:5) and each other (Matt. 22:36-40) and to rule the earth (Gen. 1:26; Ps. 8:4-8). We believe that all people are made in God’s image from the moment of conception (Ps. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5). We believe that God instituted marriage (Gen. 2:18, 22-24) as a union between a man and a woman (Mat. 19:4; Rom. 1:27) for life (Mal. 2:15; Mat. 19:6).
We believe that sin is any action (Mat. 27:4), inaction (Mat. 25:45; James 4:17) or attitude (Mat. 9:4; Heb. 4:12) that is contrary to the nature or Word of God (Rom. 1:21; 3:23; 1 John 3:4). As a result of Adam’s sin (Gen. 3:6; Rom. 6:12-21) all people have become sinners by nature (Rom. 5:19) and action (Rom. 3:23; 1 John 1:10). While all human beings retain the image of God (Gen. 9:6; James 3:9) all are separated in their relationship to God (Gen. 3:23; Rom. 3:9-18), experience physical (Gen. 5:5; Rom. 5:12; 6:23) and spiritual death (Eph. 2:1-3), and are under God’s just wrath (Rom. 1:18, Eph. 2:3) apart from divine grace.
We believe that God grants deliverance (salvation) from sin and its effects and a loving relationship with Himself (Mat. 1:21, Eph. 2:1-5; Rom. 5:9), by justifying1 (Rom. 3:21-26; 5:1), progressively sanctifying2 (Rom 6:22; 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 2:12-13) and glorifying3 (Rom. 5:2; 8:23; 1 John 3:2) those whom He has elected (Rom. 8:28-30) from eternity past (Eph. 1:4-6, 11-12; Rev. 13:8) for His own glory (Eph. 1:4-6, 11-12).
We believe that this salvation is based solely on the death and resurrection (Rom. 4:25) of our Lord Jesus Christ who received the full penalty of sin on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice (Is. 53:4-5; Rom. 3:25; 5:6, 8) for all people (1 John 2:2). This salvation is received by God’s grace (Rom. 6:23; 2 Tim. 1:9) through personal faith in Jesus Christ and the good news (Gospel) of His work alone (John 14:6; Acts 16:30-31; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11-13). We believe that God gives and will not take back this eternal life (John 17:3) for those who believe in Jesus Christ and that no degree of morality, ordinance, culture, church attendance or good behavior can earn (Rom. 3:28; Eph. 2:9; Titus 3:5) or keep it (John 10:29-30; Gal. 3:3).
1 God’s declaration that a person is “right” with Him; to accept, to reconcile, to acquit from sin’s final penalty.
2 God’s action to remove the absolute power of sin over a person’s life and to grant them new desires to please Him. This is a dynamic, life-long process.
3 God’s future action to resurrect His people to their new, glorious, eternal condition, removed entirely from the presence of sin.
We believe that the Church (Matt. 16:18) is composed of all people (Gal. 3:26-29) in this age (Acts 2) who, through faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:15-19), have been saved and thus sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14) and united together as a body under Jesus Christ, its Head (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4-6; 5:23; Col. 1:18).
We believe that the Church is expressed in this world when believers in Jesus Christ voluntarily place themselves in and under a local assembly (Rom. 16:4-5; Gal. 1:1; Phil. 1:1) to engage in public worship (Acts 2:42, 47; Col. 3:16; I Tim. 2), mutual edification (Acts 2:44-46; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Cor. 5:3-5; Heb. 10:24-25) and world evangelization (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:47) by the proclamation of the Gospel (1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2). We believe that Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances as external signs of spiritual realities: the initiatory practice of believer’s baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-4) and the continuing practice of the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). The two offices of servant-leadership in the local church are elders (overseers) and deacons (Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3).
We believe that God created (Ps. 148:2-5: Col. 1:16) a vast number (Heb. 12:22) of sinless spiritual beings known as angels to worship Him (Is. 6:2-3; Rev. 5:11), to serve His purposes (Matt. 26:53, Luke 1:19) and to serve His people (Luke 22:43; Heb. 1:14).
We believe that one angel. sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (Is. 14:12-17; Ez. 28:11-19), and was cast out of heaven with other angels, who followed him in rebellion (Matt. 12:24; James 2:19; Rev. 12:9). We believe that Satan as the originator of sin (Gen. 3; John 8:44), tempts others into sin (Gen. 3), persecutes (Job 1:12; Rev. 2:10) and accuses God’s people (Zech. 3:1: Rev. 12:10) and counterfeits the works of God (2 Cor. 11:14) by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine which are characterized by a denial of the efficacy of the death of Christ and of salvation by grace alone (2 Cor. 4:3-4; I Tim. 4:1-3; I John 4:1-4). Believers are called to resist Satan by submitting to God (James 4:7) and utilizing the benefits of their salvation (Eph. 6:10-20; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). Satan and the fallen angels are destined to judgment (Gen. 3:15; John 16:11; Col. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4) and confinement forever to hell, for whom it has been created (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
We believe that upon physical death, the final destiny of every person is fixed (Luke 16:26; Heb. 9:27). The believer’s spirit immediately enters the conscious and joyful presence of God in paradise (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23). The unbeliever’s spirit enters a temporary place of conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:13). All await future resurrection.
We believe in the personal, bodily (Acts 1:11) return of our Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven (1 Thess. 1:10) with power and great glory (Matt. 25:31; Mark 13:26; 2 Thess. 1:7) to establish His millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:6; Rev. 20:4-6). This return is near (James 5:8-9) and will be sudden (Matt. 24:42; I Thess. 5:1-11) and, as our blessed hope (Titus 2:11-14), motivates the believer to expectant living and service (Matt. 24:44: 25:13). We believe that Jesus Christ will raise to life (Dan. 12:2; I Thess. 4:16; Rev. 20:4-6, 11-15) and judge (Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11) all people. He will assign unbelievers to eternal, conscious punishment in hell (2 Thess. 1:9-10; Rev. 20:15). He will reward (Luke 19:11; 1 Cor. 4:5; Rev. 22:12) and assign believers to eternal joy with Himself in the New Heavens and New Earth (Phil. 3:20; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21) to worship and serve Him together, forever (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 22:3-5).