Doctrinal Statement

What we believe about the Bible

We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to
us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God

(1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).


We believe that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1
Corinthians 2:13), verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original
documents, and infallible.


We believe that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35;
John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

 


What we believe about God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT.


GOD THE FATHER - We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah
9:6; Hebrews 11:3), perfect in holiness (Leviticus 11:45; Isaiah 6:3), infinite in wisdom and measureless
in power (Daniel 2:20-21:1; 2 Corinthians 3:19-20; Isaiah 40:15).

We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men (Psalm 8:3-5), that He hears and
answers prayer (Psalm 4:3; 1 John 5:14-15), and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him
through Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; 14:6).


THE SON - We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son (John 1:14; 3:16), conceived of the Holy
Spirit (Matthew 1:18), born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23-25), sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15), who
made atonement for the sin of the world by His shed blood and death on the cross (1 John 2:2).
We believe in His bodily resurrection (Luke 24:1-7; Romans 6:9), His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9),
and His high priestly intercession for His people (Hebrews 7:25-26).


THE HOLY SPIRIT - We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God (John 14:26; 15:26) to
convict the world of sin and convince the world of righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11).
We believe it is the Holy Spirit who regenerates (Titus 3:5), sanctifies (2 Thessalonians 2:13), and
comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 9:31).


What we believe about People

MAN - We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27); that he sinned and thereby
incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 2:15-17;
3:6; Romans 5:12); and that all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice (Romans 3:10-12, 23).

 

SALVATION - We believe that, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV).

 

We believe that all who receive, by faith, Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are born again of the Holy Spirit
and, thereby, become children of God (John 1:12).

 

We believe that a person who is justified is declared righteous in the sight of God by grace alone,
through faith alone, in Christ alone (Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10).


What we believe about the Church

THE CHURCH - We believe in the Church ch—a living, spiritual body in which Christ is the Head and of
which only regenerated people are members (Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 5:23).

 

We believe a visible Church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism
(Romans 6:3-5) and associated for the purpose of leading believers toward maturity through worship,
instruction, fellowship and evangelism (Psalm 29:2; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 15:5-6; Matthew 28:18-20).

 

We believe Christ has committed to the local church, the ordinances of Baptism and Communion to be
observed until He comes, and that Christ has committed to the Church the responsibility to proclaim to
a lost world their need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to recognize Him as Lord (Matthew 28:19-20;
1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

We believe human betterment and social improvement are essential products
of the Gospel (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Peter 4:9-11).


What we believe about the Government

ATTITUDE TOWARD CIVIL GOVERNMENT - We believe that each church is independent and
autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that,
therefore, Church and State must be kept separate, as having different functions (Matthew 28:19-20;
Romans 13:1-7), each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.


We also believe it is the responsibility of the Church (individually and corporately) to live in submission
to the government (Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14), as long as such submission does not violate
Scripture or conscience (Acts 5:29; 1 Corinthians 11:3), and to pray for those who are
in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1-3).


What we believe about the Future

We believe in the personal, visible and triumphant return of Jesus Christ to the world according to His
promise (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
 

STATUS IN ETERNITY – We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust—the everlasting
blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Matthew 25:46;
Revelation 20:11-15).