We accept the Bible to be our only authority in faith and practice and make the following declaration of belief:
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, fully inspired, infallible, and inerrant (2 Peter 1:21) in the original manuscripts, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:16).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14) -the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-and that these three are one God; that these are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 1:17, John 14:6).
God the Son (Jesus Christ)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth (Matt. 1:21-23), sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21), miracles (John 20:30,31), and teachings (Mark 1:22). We believe in His substitutionary atoning death (Heb. 9:26), bodily resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3,4), ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9), perpetual intercession for His people (Heb. 7:25), and personal visible return to earth (Acts 1:11).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father (John 14:16) and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8) and to regenerate (Titus 3:5), sanctify (1 Thess. 5:23), and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:9). We further believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 14:26).
We believe that all men are sinners by nature Rom. 5:12 and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation Rom. 6:23. We believe that those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and believe Him to be their Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit Titus 3:5.
Salvation for Sinners
We believe that salvation sufficient for all was provided through Jesus Christ by His substitutionary and sacrificial death on the cross (Heb. 9:28) and that salvation is freely given to all who repent and, by faith, accept Christ as personal Lord and Savior (John 3:16).
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11,12). All persons whom the Holy Spirit has enabled to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3) are members of this body. A local church is an assembly of persons who so confess Christ and who join together for worship, for service, and the mutual encouragement of their faith. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world.
We believe that the continuing obligation of the church is to fulfill the admonition of Jesus Christ to make disciples among all nations (Gen. 1:28,29), to teach what He has commanded, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19,20).
We believe that Baptism of believers by immersion (Matt. 3:16) is open confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is public identification with the Church; that Communion is worship in which believers remember the Lord's death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:26). These are done in obedience to Christ's command.
We believe that the destiny of each person is unalterable after he leaves the body at the time of physical death. The destiny of all believers is to be at home with the Lord (John 14:2,3). The destiny of all unbelievers is separation from the presence of the Lord (Luke 16:26-28). We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell (Matt. 25:46).
We believe that eternal life is the sovereign work of God's grace (Eph. 2:8,9) given to sinners when they believe in, and receive, Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth (Acts 1:9-11) and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the rapture of the saints, in the resurrection of the body (Mark 12:25,26), the final judgement (John 5:28,29), the eternal happiness and joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked (Matt. 25:46).