We Believe in:
GOD- We believe in the sovereignty of the one God, eternally existing in the triune Godhead: Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
SCRIPTURES- We believe the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments in their original writing are inspired by God & accept them as the final authority for faith & life. We believe that in the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments, God has revealed Himself & given us an authoritative disclosure of His character & will.
MANKIND- We believe that mankind was created in the image & likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin the peace fell, inherited a sinful nature & became alienated from God; & that man lives in total depravity & is utterly incapable of redeeming himself.
JESUS CHRIST- We believe that Jesus Christ, the everlasting Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, & born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal the Father & redeem mankind. We believe that Jesus accomplished our redemption through His vicarious, substitutionary & sacrificial death on the cross as a representative; & that our peace with God is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, was seated on the right hand of Majesty where He continues serving humanity as our High Priest, Intercessor, & Advocate with the Father.
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM- We believe the “Gospel” is the good news of deliverance from the bondage of the present age & the age to come. We believe the Gospel includes the life, death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus Christ along with His ongoing ministry to restore all things. We believe that the proclamation of the Gospel must make provision for the present reign of Christ over all things, or it is inadequate.
SALVATION- We believe that because of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God freely forgives those who are brought to repentance & faith in His Son. We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit & thereby become children of God.
HOLY SPIRIT- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness & of judgment & that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ. We believe in (a) the baptism of the Holy Spirit, by which believers are empowered & equipped for service & (b) the gifts of & fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
CHURCH- We believe the one true & universal Church consists of those who have been redeemed by Jesus & regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that the local church should be the expression of the one true & universal church & therefore the new birth & personal confession of faith in Christ are essentials of church membership. We believe in the God-appointed ministries of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor & teacher, which have been given for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry. We believe in the ultimate triumph of the church through the power of the Holy Spirit under the government of Jesus.
SACRAMENTS- We believe the Lord Jesus Christ appointed the two sacraments of baptism in water & the Lord’s Supper (communion) to be observed as an act of obedience & as perpetual witnesses to the Christian faith. We believe that baptism is by immersion in water, as the sign of spiritual circumcision & identification with Christ in His death, burial & resurrection. We believe the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the sacrament, which symbolizes the broken body & shed blood of Christ, in remembrance of His sacrificial death.
SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST- We believe in the personal & visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power & glory to judge the living & the dead. We believe in the resurrection, both of the just & the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, & the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.