Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

The purpose of this church is to glorify the God of the Scriptures by promoting His worship, evangelizing sinners and making disciples.  Therefore, we are committed to the proclamation of God’s Word contained in the Old and New Testaments, to the glorious gospel of His grace through all the world, and to the defense of the faith once delivered to the saints. The ultimate authority in all matters of faith, order, and morals is and must be the Bible alone.  We believe in the following:

The Word of God

That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.

The Trinity

That God is One, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinctly by harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

God the Father

In God the father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death, all who come to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.

 The Lord Jesus Christ

He is God’s eternal Son, with no beginning and no end, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  We believe further that He is not only true God but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless life, and died a death for substitutionary atonement, was bodily raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, intercedes as the believer’s Great High Priest, and that He will personally and visibly return from heaven for the believer at the rapture and then at the Second Coming.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and his work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation.  His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living and service.

Recognizing sincere differences of interpretation, but further recognizing the necessity for unity within the local church with regard to its testimony, teaching, and convictions, we believe that some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and command healings were for the authentication of the gospel, the apostles, and the establishment of the early church.  We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or of the filling of the Holy Spirit and that the deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation as we rest in the hands of our Sovereign God.  The apostolic, revelatory, and signs gifts were needed to authenticate and certify the gospel and the Church in its foundational period.

Therefore, all members desiring an office or position in the teaching or educational work of the church must be in agreement with this statement without any mental reservations such as would cause a person to teach in opposition to the position of the church.  All other members or those seeking membership should avail themselves of pastoral counsel and other teaching helps to clarify any misunderstanding that they may have with regard to these doctrines.  There is no intent to put a limitation upon God to perform any acts or miracles which His sovereignty implies or which the fulfillment of His will demands.

Man

We believe that god created man, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin.  We further believe that man became a sinner in his nature by choice and is therefore spiritually dead.  We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23

Salvation

We believe in salvation by grace through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ; that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of god and was purchased by Christ with his shed blood on the cross, and is received by men and women through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual; that salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.  Jn. 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9.10; Eph. 1:7; 2:8, 9

 The Church

We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head; that the true church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service; that the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper; that the local churches should be interdependent and the believers should mutually submit to one another in love.  Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:11-16; 5:23,24; Rom. 6; Mt. 28:18-20

Separation of Church and State

We believe that each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.

Christian Conduct

We believe that the supreme task of all believers is to glorify God in their lives, that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of maturity in Christ.

Last Things

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgments, rewards and punishments.