What We Believe
- We believe that the Holy Scripture in its original manuscripts is perfect in every way. Thus it is without error or mistake and unique in that it alone is written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:7-14; 1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
- We believe that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule for faith and practice (Ps. 19:7-14; 2 Pet. 1:3).
- We believe that there is only one living and true God who is perfect in His attributes; although one in essence, God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
- We believe that Jesus Christ, who is born from a virgin birth, is both fully God and fully man and that rescue from God’s judgment is only possible through His perfect life and death upon the cross (Matt. 1:23, 25; Rom. 3:24-25; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9).
- We believe that man is a sinner by nature and by practice, and that he is totally depraved in that sin affects every aspect of his being: reason, desires, actions, and emotions (Ps. 14:1-3; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:9-18; 5:10-12).
- We believe that justification [how a man is made right with God] occurs by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Rom. 5:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9).
- We believe that every genuine believer will pursue a life of sanctification or holiness (Matt. 5:6; Gal. 5:16-17; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:13-16).
- We believe that Satan – who is the author of sin – is real and that he possesses temporary power and deluding influence over this world (Gen. 3:1-7; Matt. 25:41; Eph. 2:2).
- We believe that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper or communion. Baptism occurs to a believer through the normal means of immersion. It identifies a believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Jesus’ death until He returns, which requires self-examination before participation on the part of the believer (Acts 2:38-42; 8:36-39; Rom. 6:1-11; 1 Cor. 11:28-32).
- We believe that those without repentance/faith in Christ will face everlasting punishment while those with repentance/faith in Christ receive everlasting life (Matt. 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-26; John 6:39; Rom. 8:10-11).
- We believe that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His body, unto Himself at the Rapture and then return with His church in glory to establish His millennial kingdom on earth. During this period the unconditional promises to the nation of Israel will find fulfillment (Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 11; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20).
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