Our Statement of Faith.
In other words, what we live by.
- The Scriptures. The Bible, the sole written word of God consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is without error in the original documents and is infallible and authoritative. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
- The Godhead. There is only one God, eternally coexisting in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the same in nature, equal in power and glory. (Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 28:19; John 12:41; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- God the Father. The Father loves the world, gave Christ to be its savior, and is Father of all who believe in Jesus Christ and receive him as their savior. (Deuteronomy 32:6; Psalm 68:5, 103:13; Malachi 1:6; Luke 5:19-24)
- The Person and Work of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God, born of a virgin, and sinlessly perfect in his humanity. He died for our sins and was buried. He rose physically from the dead and ascended to his Father's right hand, where He now serves as the believers' high priest. He shall return in person and establish his kingdom upon the earth. (Matthew 24:30; John 1:1-2, 14:3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 4:14-15, 7:24-28, 10:12; 1 John 3:5)
- The Fall of Mankind. Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam's sin became alienated from God, acquiring a sin nature, and came under the sentence of death. (Genesis 3:6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
- Salvation. Salvation is the gift of God offered to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers can know that they have been born of Christ and have eternal life. (John 3:16, 5:24; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 2:8-10)
- The Holy Spirit. At the time of salvation the Holy Spirit indwells all believers and baptizes them into the body of Christ. The extent to which a believer's life is directed by the Holy Spirit is determined by the depth of commitment of the believer. (John 3:5-7; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9-11, 14-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30)
- The Church. The local church is comprised of believers in a locality who meet together under the headship of Christ for worship, prayer, edification, fellowship and witness. (Acts 2:1-47; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 8:1; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:15-16, 5:25-27; Colossians 1:18)
- The Ordinances. There are two ordinances, believers' baptism and the Lord's Supper which are appointed by scripture for all believers. They are without saving merit in themselves, but provide an expression of faith regarding a believer's identification and fellowship with Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:18-20; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:41, 10:47-48, 20:7; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
- The Final State. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost - of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal and conscious judgment. (Luke 14:14; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-15, 22:3-5)
While recognizing that there are numerous valid traditions and distinctives within Christianity as a whole, there are a number of specific traditions and beliefs that we have embraced and practice. These include:
- The unity of the Church: The church is the bride of Christ and is composed of all true believers; therefore, we fellowship with any true believers regardless of their denominational affiliation.
- The sanctity of all vocations: Paid staff is not elevated above the members of the congregation. Having ministers (pastors) is proper, but their ministry is no more sacred than that of the other members of the body.
- The priesthood of all believers: All believers make a nation of priests before God.
- Ordinance of the Lord's Supper: We celebrate the Lord's Supper weekly.
- Ordinance of the Believer's Baptism: We practice baptism by immersion of those who profess their faith in Christ.
- Teaching by women: Women may teach under the authority of male leadership.
- Importance of missions: In pursuing the Great Commission, we actively support local and foreign missions.