What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

The Bible

The Bible is God's inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word, and is the sole written revelation that rules the faith and practice for all Christians, and alone can bind the conscience. We believe that God has preserved His Word, and that by His power it has been kept from being lost, destroyed, or diluted with error.
2 TIM. 3:16; PS. 119:89; 1 PET. 1:23, 25

God

We believe in one God, Creator of of all things, perfect in love and holiness, who exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
MATT. 28:1-9; 2 COR. 13:14; 1 PET. 1:2

Jesus Christ

1. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is absolute deity, the image of the invisible God.  He existed with God the Father in eternity past and came into this world fully human without ceasing to be God. He was begotten of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. (Isa. 7:14; Mat. 1:22-23; Luke 1:26-27, 35; John 1:1-2, 14; Col. 1:15-20).
ISA. 7:14; MATT. 1:22-23; LUKE 1:26-27, 35; JOHN 1:1-2, 14; COL. 1:15-20

2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived as a man yet without sin and voluntarily laid down His life for our sins, the just dying for the unjust, making it possible for men to be saved.  All who receive Him and thereby receive His substitutionary sacrifice are declared righteous by God (justified) on the grounds of His shed blood.  Our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
ISA. 53:4-6; ROM. 3:24-25; EPH. 1:7; 1 PET. 1:3-5, 2:24; HEB. 4:14-16

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified, resurrected body, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest,  He acts as the only true Mediator between God and man fulfilling the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate.
ACTS 1:9-10; ROM. 8:34; 1 TIM. 2:5; HEB. 7:25, 8:1; 1 JOHN 2:1-2

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe that He brings about the new birth, indwells, baptizes, seals, anoints, and endows all who are regenerated with spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit also leads believers who daily surrender their life to Him by guiding, teaching, sanctifying, and filling them.
JOHN 15:26, 16:8, 3:36, 14:16-17, 14:26

Mankind

That all people are created in the image of God. At the same time, because of Adam's sin, all people are sinful by nature and choice. Apart from forgiveness through Jesus Christ, all are lost and alienated from God.
GEN. 1:27, 3:1-6; ROM. 3:23; EPH. 2:1-3

Salvation

That salvation rests solely on the work of God's grace for us and in us. We are justified by grace through faith alone. Christ's death is the only payment for sin that God will accept. Additionally, the righteousness of Christ is transferred to us by faith, and is the only merit or righteousness that God will accept. We possess the righteousness of Christ in the sight of God (ROM. 3:23-26, 4:13). All who truly believe in Christ are born again and become the children of God (JOHN 1:12-13, EPH. 2:8-9). All true believers, once saved, are kept by God's power, not our own, and are thus secure in Christ forever.
ROM. 3:23-26, 4:13; JOHN 1:12-13, EPH. 2:8-9; JOHN 6:37-40, 10:27-30; ROM. 8:1, 38-39

Bodily Resurrection

The bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the lost to judgement and everlasting punishment.
MATT. 25:4-6; JOHN 5:28-29, 11:25-26; REV. 20:5-6, 12-13

The Church

That the church consists of all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. The local church exists to exalt Christ, encourage believers, and evangelize the world. We believe that every local church is a natural expression of the body of Christ and should seek to encourage all Christ-honoring churches and ministries.
COL. 1:2-8; EPH. 4:3-6