Our Statement of Faith
1. The Word of God
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in the original manuscripts, though written by human authors, were breathed out by God, and are therefore authoritative, inerrant, and sufficient, containing all things necessary to be known and believed for salvation (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Psa. 19:7-11).
2. The Nature of God
We believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, mercy, and truth. This God is one being, existing in three coequal and coeternal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Jn. 4:24; Job 11:7; Psa. 90:2; Jas. 1:17; Ex. 3:14; Psa. 147:5; Rev. 4:8; Ex. 34:6-7; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
3. Man and Sin
We believe that man was created in the image of God as perfect, holy, and upright, with the ability to keep God’s law, yet liable to fall, and that as the representative of the entire human race, Adam freely chose to disobey God, thereby plunging humanity into the death of sin, and that all men are now sinners by nature and practice, deserving eternal condemnation and unable to rescue themselves apart from God’s free and sovereign grace through the Lord Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:12-13; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1-10).
4. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah) of Israel and the world’s true Lord, and that he is both fully human and fully divine, God manifest in the flesh. We believe that he was born of a virgin, lived a perfect and sinless life, died a substitutionary death, literally and physically rose from the dead, ascended to the Father, intercedes for His people, and will return again in a physical and visible way to fully usher in His eternal kingdom, judge the wicked, and consummate the salvation of those who trust in Him alone (Jn. 1:1-18; Matt. 1:23; Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:14; Matt. 28:6; Rom. 1:4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4:14-5:10).
We believe that all men are enslaved to the pleasures of sin and, in themselves, are both unable and unwilling to repent from sin and believe in Christ so as to be saved, and that God, in His sovereign grace, effectually calls sinners to faith in Christ through His Word and Spirit, in which call He gives the graces of faith and repentance. In the broadest sense of the word, salvation includes deliverance from the guilt of sin (justification), the reign of sin (sanctification), and, eventually, from the presence of sin (glorification). (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7-8; Eph. 2:1-3, 5; Jn. 6:44; Tit. 3:5; Jn. 3:3-8; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Rom. 10:17; Jn. 1:12-13; Acts 11:18; Acts 14:27; Acts 16:14; Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 2:25; Rom. 3:21-26; Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:29-30).
6. The Sovereignty of God
We believe that God is sovereign in creation, providence, and salvation, having purposed all things, which come to pass, yet so as not to be the author or approver of sin, and that He is mercifully concerned in all the affairs of His creatures. We believe that before time began the Father chose who would be saved without regard to anything foreseen in them, but according to the good pleasure of His own free and sovereign will, and that He entrusted the salvation of their souls to the Son, whose redemptive work is applied to them by the Holy Spirit. (Psa. 115:3; Eph. 1:11; Matt. 11:25-27; Jn. 6:37-40; Acts 13:48; Eph. 1:3-14 (see 4-5); Rom. 8:28-30; Rom. 9:1-23; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:1-2).
7. The Responsibility of Man
We believe that all men are responsible beings and are held accountable by God for their choices and actions. We believe that all men who hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ are commanded, exhorted, and invited to come to Christ for the salvation of their souls, and that all who come will be saved, while those who reject Him will be punished for their sins, and that those who never hear the Gospel will be judged for suppressing the knowledge of God which is revealed through the created world (Rom. 1:18-23; Isa. 55:1-3; Matt. 11:28-30; Jn. 5:39-40; Acts 13:46; Jn. 6:37; Acts 16:31; Acts 17:30-31).
8. Justification by Faith
We believe that sinners are justified on the basis of the substitutionary and atoning death of Jesus Christ, by whom the wrath of God against sin was satisfied, and that justification is through the instrumentality of faith alone (Rom. 3:21-5:21; Rom. 9:30-10:10; Gal. 2:15-3:14; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 3:3-10).
9. Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that all true believers will persevere in faith and holiness, are kept by the power of God and the intercession of Christ, and are sanctified by the Spirit of God through the Word of God, and that, though they may backslide for a season, none of them will ever fully or finally fall away from obedience and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, yet live a lifestyle of habitual sin or commit apostasy are not true believers in Christ (Job 17:9; Matt. 7:13-29; Jn. 6:37-40, 44; Jn. 8:30-59; Jn. 10:27-30; Jn. 17:6-26; Rom. 8:28-39; Heb. 3:12-14; Jas. 2:14-26; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 Jn. 2:29-3:10; 1 Jn. 5:4-5).
10. The Church
We believe in the Universal Church which, consisting of all true believers from all ages, is the Body and Bride of Jesus Christ, with Him as her Head and Husband. We believe that all believers should assemble themselves in local fellowships for the purpose of: joyfully exalting the Lord in corporate worship; edifying one another in love, service, encouragement, and admonishment; and equipping the saints for dynamic witness to lost sinners through both local evangelism and global missions, thus fulfilling the Great Commission (Eph. 1:20-21; Eph. 4:1-6; 1 Pet. 2:9; Eph. 4:11-16; Matt. 28:19-20).
11. The Ordinances
We believe that baptism by immersion is to be administered to true believers in Jesus Christ, that the Lord’s Supper is to be regularly celebrated by true believers until our Lord Jesus comes again, and that both are symbols which the Lord has designed to portray the truths of His Holy Word and through which the Spirit of Christ strengthens and fellowships with believers (Matt. 28:19; Lk. 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 11:17-33).
12. Last Things
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will visibly return in glory to raise the dead and judge the world and that the pleasures of the righteous and the miseries of the wicked will alike be eternal (Heb. 9:28; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11; Jn. 5:28-29; Matt. 25:31-46; Rom. 2:5-10).