Articles of Faith
We believe in the absolute authority and accuracy of the 66 books of the Bible; its full verbal inspiration in the original manuscripts and its all-sufficiency as the Christian’s rule of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
We believe that there is but one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that He is the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things, perfect in holiness, and in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power (Deuteronomy 6:4; Nehemiah 9:6; 1 Chronicles 29:11, 12; Exodus 15:11; 1 John 4:8b; Matthew 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man sufficient as the only mediator between God and man (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 12, 14; John 12:45; 14:9; 1 Timothy 2:5).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity; that His ministry is to convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment; and that He gives new birth to those who believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior. We believe that His ministry to the believer is to seal, sanctify, and instruct in righteousness (John 3:3, 7; 16:8-11; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Peter 1:2; John 14:26).
We believe that man was created in the image of God by direct creation and that he sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death; thus, we believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners and, apart from Christ, shall be forever separated from God (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; Ezekiel 18:20a; Romans 3:23; 6:23).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, that all who believe on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Revelation 1:5).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit. Baptized with the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ at conversion, we become children of God, a relationship in which we are eternally secure (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:3, 7; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 1:12, 10:27-29).
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and in His present ministry there for us as High Priest and Advocate. We believe in the personal, visible, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church and in His coming in Glory with the believers to set up His kingdom upon the earth (1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-15).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just, the bodily resurrection of the unjust, the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (1 Corinthians 15:20-24; Revelation 20:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:8).
We believe that the local church is a voluntary association of baptized believers equal in privilege, subject to the Word of God, and independent of any external ecclesiastical control whatsoever. We believe that God’s Word commands every believer to be baptized by immersion in water. We believe baptism has no saving merit, but is a public demonstration of the believer’s faith in a union with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior (Acts 8:38; 18:8; Romans 6:3-5).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of bread and the cup which are symbolic of Christ’s broken body and shed blood; that the Lord’s Supper is partaken of by saved individuals in commemoration of the suffering and death of their Lord and in anticipation of His soon coming again; that its observation is to be preceded by faithful self-examination (Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).