What We Believe
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New
Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it
was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus at one and the
same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles,
and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible
and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority
on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe that there is one true, Holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father,
Son and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the
characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world
and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By
His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship
with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to
go his independent way, and thus was alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his
nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human
history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need
of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God’s
free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works and goodness, and must
be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in
the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing
it until the day of its full consummation.
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a
true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect
obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross
as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all
who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which
He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father,
where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His
own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the
eternal plan of God.
The Christian Life (The Holy Spirit)
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life
of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the
third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply
to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a
recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation
He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength
and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the up building of the
body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His
power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a
life of Christlike character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a
resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine
the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God’s
judgment will reveal His justice in consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution for
their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and
will be rewarded for works done in this life.
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body,
the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge
Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to
devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, the observance of baptism
and communion, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents
and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God’s people meet regularly to obedience
to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch-care of elders
and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent
on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes
that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is
silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she
alone is ultimately responsible.