Our Doctrinal Beliefs
As dictated to us in the written Word of God, these are the core doctrines which we affirm:
The Scriptures - We affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13)
The Godhead - We affirm the one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Person and Work of God the Father - We affirm that God the Father is an infinite, personal Spirit - perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We affirm His absolute sovereignty and that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that 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 Jesus Christ.
(Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)
The Person and Work of Christ - We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. We affirm Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead.
(John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 1 Peter 4:5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit - We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We affirm that He guides the believer into all truth and gifts him for the work of the Lord. We affirm that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption. We affirm that the filling of the Holy Spirit should be earnestly desired and prayed for so that believers may humbly walk in love and boldly share Christ with others.
(John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)
The Total Depravity of Man - We affirm that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We affirm that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
(Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12)
The Salvation of Man - We affirm that salvation is the free and sovereign gift of God, given to man by grace and received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
(Ephesians 2:8–10; John 6:44; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19)
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers - We affirm that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We affirm that true believers will endure until the end. We affirm that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, but never to use Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh.
(John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 28-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5; Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15; 2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 2:19)
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts - We affirm the Holy Spirit’s giving of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their spiritual gifts. We affirm that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We affirm that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. We affirm that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God that is given to him.
(1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8; John 15:7; 1 John 5:14,15; Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11; James 5:13-18)
The Church - We affirm that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons. We affirm that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We affirm the autonomy of the local church, free of any external denominational or governmental authority and control. We recognize the two ordinances of the church, believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper, as scriptural means of testimony for the church.
(Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11; Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26)
The Imminent Physical Return of Christ and Final Judgment - We affirm the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We affirm the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous in heaven and the endless suffering of the wicked in hell.
(Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15)