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What We Believe

 

The Bible  

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is the very Word of God, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts. It is complete, and sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and the final authority for all matters of faith, practice, and life.

The Triune Godhead 

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection. God is the Creator and Ruler of all things and is the center of our worship. God the Father sovereignly rules over all that he created and continues to care for and sustain in providence all that exists. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, in his incarnate form was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and is fully God and fully man. He is the advocate and mediator between God and man. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Father and the Son, convicts the world of sin, regenerates hearts, indwells all believers, gives gifts to men and women, and guides believers in obedience to the truth.  

Humanity

We believe that every person, from the moment of conception, is created in the image of God. We believe that God created Adam and Eve, humans as male and female, and ordained marriage to be a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. We believe Adam and Eve sinned, thereby incurring the physical, spiritual and eternal death. We believe that consequently, all human beings are born sinners by nature, and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation from birth. 

Atonement  

We believe that Jesus Christ, according to the will and foreknowledge of God the Father, offered himself as the substitutionary atoning sacrifice, and that all who repent of their sin and believe in him have eternal life. He both propitiated God’s wrath against their sins and expiated their sins so that they would be justified by faith, forgiven of their sins, reconciled to God, reconciled to each other, participate in the future resurrection, and saved from God’s wrath. 

Salvation  

We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. The elect of God will certainly believe the gospel and bear good fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit, in keeping with a life of repentance and godliness, eternally secured by the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Resurrection  

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and in his ascension into heaven to the right hand of the Father.

The Church  

We believe in the universal Church; a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and all regenerated persons are members. Local churches consist of believers, baptized on a mature understanding and confident profession of faith, assembled for worship, fellowship, and service. We believe the primary mission of the church is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, with an aim to make and mature disciples.

The Ordinances  

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the local church, believer’s baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. We believe water baptism by immersion in the name of the triune God signifies spiritual union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to remember and proclaim his death until he comes again.  

Last Things  

We believe in the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, and the establishment of his Millennial Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the justified to eternal glory, and the unjust to eternal, conscience punishment.