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Our Beliefs

SCRIPTURE 

The Bible, consisting of 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books, is the inspired, self-authenticating Word of God and is true in all that it teaches (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). The Bible is the supreme authority for faith and practice through which God has made Himself and His salvation known (Heb. 4:12).

GOD

There is one God (Isa. 45:5) who eternally exists as a Trinity of three distinct Persons in one essence; Father (Matt. 6:9), Son (Tit. 2:13), and Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all things, to whom all love, worship, and glory is due (Rom. 11:36; 1 Tim. 1:17; Jude 25)

Father. The Father is the source of all things (1 Cor. 8:6). He is sovereign over all eternity and all events therein (Prov. 16:33; Eph. 1:4). He is the Person through whom redemption was planned (John 3:16: Ro. 3:25; Eph. 1:9-10).

Son. The Son is the fully divine (John 1:14; 20:28; Tit. 2:13; Rom. 9:5, 10:9; 2 Pet. 1:1; 1 John 5:20) co-creator, co-sustainer, and heir of all things (Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2). He is the decisive revelation of the Father (2 Cor. 4:6; Heb. 1:2) through whom redemption was accomplished (Heb. 12:2)

 

Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a fully divine person of the Trinity (Acts 5:3-4) who inspired the writing of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:21), regenerates the elect (John 3:5; Tit.3:5), facilitates sanctification (Rom. 15:16; 2 Cor. 3:18), and provides assurance of salvation in Christ (Gal. 4:6; 1 John 3:24). The Spirit also ploughs the hearts unbelievers by convicting them of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). Thus, the Spirit is the person through whom redemption is applied.

MANKIND

Though made in the image of God, man fell from his original innocence becoming totally depraved (Jer. 17:9), alienated from God (Col. 1:21), and proper objects of God’s wrath (Eph. 2:3; 5:6; Col. 3:6; 1 Thess. 1:10; Heb. 3:11; 4:3). All people have inherited this corrupt nature and have fallen short of God’s standard themselves. Therefore, all people stand guilty before God, deserving the full weight of His justice (Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:22).

THE GOSPEL

 

The Gospel is the good news that God has acted through the life, death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus to inaugurate the Kingdom of God, to reconcile the world to Himself, and to restore all things (1Cor. 1:1-5; 2Cor. 5:18-19). The Gospel is the core of Christianity which gives support to all biblical teaching and practice.

SALVATION

 

God’s offer of salvation is by His grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Mankind is saved from eternal damnation and given eternal life (Rom 6:23), not by any inherent worth or merit of his own, but by the grace God (Ephesians 2:8-9) through conscious faith in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6). No alternate avenue to salvation exists (Acts 4:12).

When one repents and believes the Gospel he is united to Christ and thereby acquitted of his guilt before God and credited the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 3:121-26; 2 Cor. 5:21). Accordingly, the Holy Spirit indwells every genuine believer, affecting His new birth and causing him to be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit progressively sanctifies the believer by facilitating spiritual growth and maturity (2 Thess. 2:13) until the consummation of redemptive history when believers will be given an incorruptible body (1 Cor. 15:52-54).

CHURCH

The Church is comprised of all persons who are united in Christ’s body through faith in the Gospel. The Church is visible in local congregations where God is worshipped (1 Pet. 2:9), where Biblical truth is preserved (Jude 1:3), and where believers are equipped for ministry (Eph. 4:12).

The biblical offices of the church are Elder and Deacon. Elders in the local church are to be men who meet the qualifications as set forth in Scripture (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; 1 Tim. 2:12). Deacons likewise, are to meet the qualifications as set forth in Scripture (1 Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-6).

ORDINANCES

Baptism involves the immersion of a believer in water; an act which serves to symbolically identify that believer with Christ. The believer is buried (immersed) in the likeness of Christ’s death, and raised (from the water) in the likeness of Christ’s resurrection. Baptism further symbolizes a believer’s death to the old sinful life, and his resurrection to a new life in Christ (Rom. 6:3-4).

 

The Lord’s Supper is a reverent, symbolic act whereby believers memorialize the death of Christ (Luke 22:19). Unbelievers who take the Lord’s Supper are grave danger (1 Cor. 11:28-30).

LAST THINGS

The world awaits the return of Christ (Acts 1:11) when He will judge all men (Rev. 20:5) and consummate His eternal Kingdom in a new heavens and new earth. Those who have not believed in Christ will be consigned to eternal destruction, while those who have believed in Christ will enjoy fellowship with God forever in His new creation (Matt. 13:42; 2 Thess. 1:19) where the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14).

MEMBERSHIP

 

Our church is comprised of members who choose to covenant with one another for worship, study, prayer, and ministry. To learn more, read our Church Covenant.

CONSTITUTION

 

To learn about our membership process, leadership structure, and the government of our church, check out our constitution.