Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the word of God transmitted perfectly through human authors for our instruction in all things necessary for living lives pleasing to Him. Since we understand that the Bible is God’s word, we believe it to be without error, perfect in its truth and powerful in its ability to lead one to eternal salvation. We hold that the teachings of the Bible supersede all other standards of human conduct; further, we affirm that the teachings of the Bible serve as the final word in our beliefs and our conduct.

(Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 105; Jeremiah 15:16; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

God

We affirm that there is one living God and that He is the Creator of all that exists. We believe that He is bound by neither time nor space, rightfully ruling over all things as the Sovereign Lord of all existence. We believe that He is perfectly holy and righteous and fully deserving of all worship. He is one being existing in three equal but distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

(Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Chronicles 29:10; 1 Timothy 1:17; John 1:1-8; John 4:24; John 16:7-14)

 

Man

We believe that man was initially created in holiness, created uniquely in the image of God. However, through disobedience to the direct command of his maker, man fell from his initial state and now exists separated from his God with a natural inclination toward evil. This separation involves all mankind so that none are free from it and all are in need of deliverance from the destruction it brings. In the Scriptures, disobedience to God is termed sin, and the inclination to continue in disobedience is known as the sin nature.

(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:18-22; 3; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by grace alone and that man in his fallen state can in no way gain it for himself. If we are to be delivered from our fallen, sinful existence, this deliverance must be brought by someone other than ourselves. Thus, we believe that the Son of God, through perfect obedience to the Father, has fully paid the penalty for our sins and enabled us, by placing our faith in Him, to know our God in a real, personal and intimate way. We further believe that this salvation delivers from the future judgment of God against sin and assures us of eternal life in His presence.

(Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:21; John 1:11-14; Ephesians 2:8-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Hebrews 9:24-28; 1 John 1:6-2:11)

 

God’s Purpose of Grace

We believe that God restores a right relationship with men through election. We affirm that man, left to himself, will never choose to follow God. Therefore, it is essential that God takes the initiative, exercising His perfect wisdom in establishing a relationship with whomever he chooses.  All of those chosen by God are kept by Him. Knowing this, we affirm the perseverance and the preservation of all those God calls to Himself.

(Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; Ephesians 1:4-23; Colossians 1:12-14; Hebrews 11:39-12:2; 1 John 1:7-9)

 

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers united in a common faith and the fellowship that proceeds from it. The purpose of the church is to clearly represent Christ in the midst of a fallen world, proclaiming His gospel to the ends of the earth. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

(Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 5:11-14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22; Colossians 1:18)

 

Baptism

Baptism is an ordinance and command given by Jesus Christ to His churches. Baptism symbolizes union to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. True baptism is immersion in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism may only be administered to those who demonstrate repentance from sin and make a credible profession of faith in Christ.

(Acts 2:37-41; 8:12-13, 36-38, 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12).

 

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is an ordinance and command given by Jesus Christ to His churches to commemorate His death and anticipate His return. It is observed by baptized believers with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine to symbolize His body and His blood.

(Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-34).

 

The Lord’s Day

The Lord’s Day is celebrated on the first day of the week to commemorate the resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is a time of Christian assembly in His churches for worshipping God, exhortation through the preaching and teaching of His word, and fellowship amongst His people. Obedience to this command is essential to the mutual edification of every believer.

(Acts 5:4; 1 Corinthians 12:14–27; Hebrews 3:12, 13, 10:24, 25; Acts 11:29, 30; Ephesians 4:28, 6:4).

 

Evangelism

Evangelism is declaring the Gospel by which believers fulfill Christ’s command to be witnesses of His life, death, and resurrection, and call men to faith in Him. The Gospel is to be proclaimed by all believers, beginning in their homes to the outermost parts of the world.

(Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8. Romans 10:13-17).

The World to Come

At death, the bodies of all men will return to dust. The souls of the wicked will be reserved for eternal condemnation in hell, but the souls of the righteous will rest with God. At God’s appointed time, Christ will descend from heaven and bring final judgment upon the World. The bodies of the wicked will be raised to eternal condemnation, and the righteous will receive new glorified bodies and reside in Heaven and glorify the Lord for all eternity.

(Matthew 16:27; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; Romans 2:6-11; 2 Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter 3:7; Revelation 7:13-17, 14:9-11).

 

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Therefore, as Christians, we have a binding stewardship in our possessions. We are under obligation, but also by way of a gracious privilege, to serve our Lord with our time, talents, and treasures (material possessions). We are entrusted with this stewardship for the glory of God and for helping others.

(Malachi 3:8-12; 2 Corinthians 8-9, Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

 

Cooperation

Cooperation is desirable between like-minded denominational groups as had in Christian unity. This cooperative unity involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Jesus Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.

(Exodus 17:12; 18:17; Mark 9:38-40; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Ephesians 4:1-16)

 

The Christian and the Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among mankind, which can be only truly and permanently helpful when individuals are rooted in the regeneration of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, we must oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We are to speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

(Exodus 20:3-17; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; Galatians 3:26-28; James 1:27; 2:8-26)

 

Religious Liberty

We acknowledge that God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. However, the state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends in worship and Christian living.

(Acts 4:18-20; Romans 13:1-7; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17)

 

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man (husband) and one woman (wife) 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 respect and submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)