Our Beliefs

Though our doctrinal statements are independent, they are in concert with the early Church Creeds and Confessions of the Reformation.
A more detailed document of What We Teach can be obtained here.

1. The Holy Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:10, 21).

2. The Godhead: We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:16-17).

3. The Person and Work of Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He accomplished our redemption by dying on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven. At the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate (John 1:2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; Acts 1:9-10; 1 John 2:1-2).

4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, to regenerate the sinner, to place all believers into the body of Christ, and to indwell and seal them until the day of redemption. He guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service (John 16:8–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

5. The Condition of Man: We believe that man was created in the image of God but through Adam’s fall inherited a sinful nature and is therefore lost. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spirtual life be obtained (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-21).

6. The Salvation of Man: We believe that the shedding of Christ’s blood by His death and Christ’s resurrection provide the only ground for justification and eternal salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7).

7. The Church, Universal and Local: We believe that the true Church is a spiritual organism composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head. Only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14). Autonomy:We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (1 Peter 5:2–4; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5). Ordinances:We believe that the ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are a scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; Romans 6:1–5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

8. The Second Advent of Christ: We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Zechariah 14:4–11; Revelation 19:11–16).

9. The Eternal State: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:1–15).

10. The Personality of Satan: We believe that Satan is an active being, that he is the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man, that he is the enemy of God and man, and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6, 7; Isaiah 14:12–17; Revelation 20:10).

11. The Spiritual Gifts: We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows one or more spiritual gifts upon each and every believer. We believe that practicing certain spiritual gifts, specifically the gift of miracles, the gift of healing, the gift of tongues and the gift of the interpretation of tongues ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:4–11; 13:8–10; 14:1–40; Hebrews 2:3-4; 1 Peter 4:10). We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing today, but that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith on the part of every believer, and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will, for the sick, suffering, and afflicted (Luke 18:1–6; John 5:7; 2 Corinthians 12:6–10; James 5:13–16; 1 John 5:14, 15).

12. The Separated Life of the Believer: We believe that all saved individuals should live in such a way as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that everything we do should honor and glorify the Lord (Romans 6:11–13; 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 John 2:15–17).

13. Human Sexuality: We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that God disapproves and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Any effort to redefine marriage or any other relationship in a way contrary to Scripture will not be condoned nor accepted (Genesis 2:21-25; Leviticus 18: 1-30; Romans 1:18-27; Ephesians 5:23-25).

14. Sanctity of Life: We believe that each person is a unique creation of God, and in upholding that sanctity of life, do oppose the destruction of human life because it is unwanted, imperfect or merely inconvenient, as an atrocity against all of mankind and against God. We oppose the wholesale destruction of life by abortion on demand, the direct or indirect infanticide of newborn children for reasons of mental or physical defects and the impending threat of legalized euthanasia directed toward the elderly portion of our society. Senility, infirmity, retardation, insanity and incontinence are not to be recognized as reasons for extermination and the consideration, teaching and support of these practices are inconsistent with God’s divine purpose (Jeremiah 1:4-5; Psalm 139:13-16; Exodus 23:7; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15-16; Psalm 127:3; Genesis 9:6).