Our Beliefs

There are certain core beliefs that do not change. These are the fundamental principles that define who we are.

God

God is the Creator of the universe (1). He has eternally existed (2) in three personalities: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (3) . These three are coequal and are one God (4).

Jesus

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 man (2).  He 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 (3).  The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (4). Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (5).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son as God (1). He is present in the world to make everyone aware of their need for Jesus Christ (2). He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation (3). He provides the Christian with power for living (4), understanding of spiritual truth (5) and guidance in doing what is right (6) and reassurance of redempton (7). As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily (8).

Scripture

The Bible is God's Word to all people. It was written by human authors (1) under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit (2). It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living (3).

Man

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character (1). People are the supreme object of God's creation on earth (2). Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all self-aware people have been marred by their own sin and affected by the sin of others (3). Only God can remedy this lost condition (4).

Salvation

Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace (1) and received through personal faith in Jesus at immersion for a changed life (2). Eternal life begins at the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life through immersion (3). The alternative to eternal life is eternal death (4). Hell is a literal place of eternal torment, whereas heaven is a literal place of eternal reward (5).

Church

The church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (1). The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (2). Local churches are free to operate autonomously, free of any external authority and control (3).

Apostolic Precedent

The example of the early apostolic church gives a pattern to follow for church life (1). Whatever is not clearly taught or described in Scripture as a matter of faith and practice is a matter of freedom.

Following the example of the early church and the command of Christ, we meet together to share the Lord's Supper every first day of the week to remind us of Christ's death, His future coming, and the unity that exists within the church because of his resurrection (2).

We immerse only those who have demonstrated their personal faith in Christ as is described in the conversion accounts found in the book of Acts (3).

Worship

Worship is a lifestyle, not just an event (1). This lifestyle is described in Scripture as one of service and sacrificial stewardship (2). All we have belongs to God. God has made us stewards (managers) of the resources He allows us to use. Every Christian will give an account of how he manages the abilities and resources God has entrusted in him (3). Every Christian should give regularly, sacrificially, and cheerfully as God has blessed him both in time and money (4). It is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God that is given to him (5). Since man is saved for good works, neglecting this responsibility results in eternal death (6).