What we believe

Our Doctrine

  1. We Believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are completely separate Persons yet completely one Being and are equal as members of the Godhead. They never had a beginning and they will never have an end. It is in looking to them that we see the perfect example of community and oneness. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 3:22)
  2. We believe Jesus is Lord. We are not our own and we were bought with a price. We now have the joy of believing Him, following Him, obeying Him, and being used by Him however He sees fit. He became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe He lived a perfect life of obedience to God the Father. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate but rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God as our high priest where He is our intercessor, representative, and advocate. He will one day come again to judge the living and the dead. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1)
  3. We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration. All believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ, He then indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. He desires to continually fill each believer with His power so that we might serve effectively for God’s glory. We believe all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are active today and are to be eagerly pursued and exercised with love for the building up of the body. (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18, 1 Cor 14:1, 3, 4, 12, 26)
  4. We believe salvation belongs to God. He sovereignly chooses people out of the world to be His children and to fellowship with Him forever. Salvation happens when a person hears the gospel, repents of his utterly sinful state, and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins; joyfully accepting by faith that He died as their substitute and then rose again on the third day proving that God the Father accepted the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on their behalf. (Ephesians 1:4-6; 13-14; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 9:9-10; John 1:12-13; John 3:16)
  5. We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-18, 23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
  6. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God and the final authority for faith and life. They are inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)
  7. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. God’s Word encourages believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation but clearly forbids the use Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 39-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
  8. We believe that the Church is a spiritual organism made up of anyone who has been born again by the Spirit of God. We believe that the planting and continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe that the Church is the body of Christ on earth and we therefore seek to obey what He commands as His hands and feet. We believe the church is the bride of Christ and we therefore look forward to being physically united with Him at His return and also rejoice in the right-standing with God that His shed blood has provided. We recognize the importance of regularly taking the Lord's Supper, as a reminder of what He has accomplished for us in His death, as a calling to take up our cross, and as a hope that we will eat together with Him in the Kingdom. We recognize this along with believer's baptism as a means of testimony for the church but that neither act is a means of salvation. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:12; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) 
  9. We believe Heaven is a real, literal place of indescribable glory and joy and hell is a real, literal place of indescribable torment and pain. There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment. (John 3:16; John 5:24; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 20:10-15; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor.15:51-52)