What We Believe



what we believe  

 

 

 

I. Of the Scriptures

We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit to record the very words of God, yet not by dictation or force to the individual author’s personality or cultural setting.  As such we hold the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be inerrant in the original writings and the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

 

   II. The Triune God

We believe in One God, eternally existing in three persons; The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. That these are equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of of creation, providence, and redemption.

 

The Father: We believe in God the Father who is holy, all-knowing, all powerful, eternal, of infinite love and goodness. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayers, and has decreed, before the foundation of the world, to save from sin and death all who believe in Jesus Christ.

 

The Son:  We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, fully God as to His Nature and attributes as the Father and Holy Spirit.  As the word, He was in the beginning with God and through Him all things were made.  In His Incarnation, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and took on human nature, yet without sin, and became fully human while remaining fully God, without mixture and inseparable, the distinction of natures not violated by the union.

 

The Spirit:  We believe that the Spirit is God, yet with a distinct personality and role.  The Spirit is sent from God to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those whom are born of the Spirit.  the baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment of regeneration for every believer.  The Spirit seals each believer securing their salvation and making its loss impossible.

 

 

III. The work of Christ

We believe that The Lord Jesus in His death upon the cross, made a completely sufficient, definite, and one time, vicarious sacrifice for all who believe.  That The Father fully accepted His atonement for our sins and thereby Christ reconciled us to God.

 

We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead, being seen by many; His ascension into heaven, His enthronement,, and as our High Priest, His advocacy and intercession for us.

 

We believe in His glorious, personal, visible return according to His promise.

 

 

IV. Mankind

We believe that God created man in His Image, male and female, to enjoy intimacy and fellowship with Him.  We affirm that in the fall of Adam all died and that as a consequence of sin, we affirm the total depravity of all people, being both by nature and choice, enemies of God.  As such, all people are dead in their trespasses and totally unable to save themselves from condemnation and eternal hell fire.

 

We believe that God, out of His Sovereign Grace, provided salvation as a gift, entirely apart from works, to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

 

We believe that all who truly believe will demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit and produce the good works for which they were appointed.

 

 

V. Last Things

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, the saved to an eternity of blessedness in the presence of God, having been made like Christ, and the lost to an eternity of punishment separated from God.

 

We believe that Satan is the chief enemy of God and our souls, but that Christ has destroyed his works, reclaimed that which was under his control, and will finally crush him casting him for all eternity into the lake of fire.

 

 

VI. The Church

We believe that the church is the living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and which all believers are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, whose members have been baptized by immersion upon a credible confession of faith, and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, fellowship, evangelism and service.  Such a church is autonomous, self-governing, and free from State or Ecclesiastical interference, though it may associate, by choice, with other like minded churches.  Each church, while appointing Elders/Deacons to lead, is governed by democratic principles, the Congregation having final authority under Christ.

 

 

VII. Ordinances

We believe that the Bible speaks of two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

Baptism:  Upon profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior every believer, in obedience to the Scriptures, should be baptized by immersion, which symbolizes the believers union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

 

The Lord’s Supper:  Believers partake of the bread and juice in remembrance of the never to be repeated, wholly sufficient sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.  We commemorate His death until He comes glorious and triumphant.