What We Believe
Doctrine – Our Statement of Faith
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments, i.e. that the very words of the Original Scriptures are infallible and inerrant and that they are our final and absolute authority in every area of life and knowledge.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and that He is both undiminished deity and genuine humanity in one person forever.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a personal Being who convicts the world of sin and who regenerates, indwells, empowers, guides and bestows spiritual gifts on believers, and who seals them eternally for God.
We believe that man was created by a direct act of God in His image, not from previously existing life, that all men sinned in Adam (the historical father of the entire human race) and thus incurred both physical and spiritual death and that all men have inherited a sinful nature.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and that through faith in Him as Lord and Savior, we are declared righteous by God and are eternally secure in Christ.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, totally apart from human merit and that the experience of regeneration produces a new creature in Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead-physically and bodily and that He ascended in like form into heaven, where He continually ministers as our Great High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that this age will be consummated by the literal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
We believe that all believers are under the mandate of Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to the entire world.
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior. We believe in the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of the bread and juice, are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. ... The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation... Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.