The Bible Is Our Guide

THE SCRIPTURES

  • We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, as inerrant in the original writings; and as the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
         II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21
GOD
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
        
    John 14:16; Matthew 28:19
JESUS CHRIST
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully Man, and is the only mediator between God and man.
        
    Matthew 1:18-25; I Timothy 2:5; John 1:1-14
     
  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. 
         Matthew 28; Hebrews 4:14; I John 2:1
 MAN
  • We believe that man was created in the image of God; that man sinned and thereby incurred physical and spiritual death, the latter being separation from God. 
         Romans 6:23; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3
 
SALVATION
 
  • We believe in the voluntary death of the Lord Jesus as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. 
         I Peter 1:18 -19; Revelation 1:5
     
  • We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God. All such are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and baptized by that Spirit into Christ’s spiritual body of the Church, of which Christ is the Head. 
         I Corinthians 12:12-13; John 3:3-7; Ephesians 5:19-23

  • We believe in the eternal security of all those who trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and are truly born again.
          John 3:16; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39
  BAPTISM and LORD’S SUPPER
  •  We believe baptism is immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This act is the initiation rite into this local body of believers and pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
         Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:3, 4

  • We believe the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes.
         I Corinthians 11:20-34
LAST THINGS
  •  We believe in the Blessed Hope, the coming of the Lord Jesus to meet the resurrected and translated saints in the air. We believe that this event, called the Rapture, will be followed by the Great Tribulation culminating in the Revelation of Jesus Christ at His coming with His saints. He will establish His literal millennial reign upon the throne of His Father David, after which time His Saints will be forever gathered together with Him in the new heaven and new earth for eternity. The lost shall be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and be cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. 
    John 5:29; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:10-15; Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 16:27, 19:2, 24:27, 30,44, 25:31-46, 26:64
 THE FAMILY
  • God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. We believe the only God ordained marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. This Biblical and legal union is described in Ephesians 5:22-6:4,and is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church. Those living together outside of marriage or in a same sex relationship are outside of God’s plan for the family and shall not be accepted as members of this congregation of believers. (1 Corinthians 6:18) Marriage provides the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 5:15-20, 6:20-22, 13:24, 22:6,15; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32, 18:2-5, 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; I Timothy 5:14; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7


THE CHURCH

  • We believe that a local church is a self-governing body, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. Therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictates or patronage of the other.  
          Acts 6:3-6, 4:19-20, 13:2-4, 15:2
INDIVIDUAL SOUL LIBERTY
  • We believe 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 or her conscience.
        
    Romans chapter 14; 1 Corinthians chapter 8; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33.