Doctrinal Statement

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books) to be the inspired word of God, the ultimate authority for faith and life, infallible, inerrant in the original writings, and God-breathed.  (Matthew 5:17-18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 16:12-13, 2 Peter3:16)

THE TRINITY

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory. (Genesis 1:1-2/John 1:1-3, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1–3, John 1:14, Luke 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ redeemed and reconciled to himself His people and His creation through the blood of His cross, and this redemption is made certain by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24, Romans 6:5, 1
Corinthians 15:1-8,12- 19, , Ephesians 1:7-10, Colossians 1:13-20, 1 Peter 1:3–5, 1 Peter 2:24)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He is the Head of the church and our High Priest. (Acts 1:9-10, Romans 8:34, Colossians 1:18,      1 John 2:1-2, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:11-248)

We believe Jesus is coming again to consummate his kingdom and to judge the living and the dead. (Acts 1:11, Romans 14:8-9, 2 Timothy 4:1, 1 Peter 4:5, Revelation 21)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who applies all that was accomplished by the Son in accordance with the will of the Father. He brings God’s people into the New Covenant, indwelling, empowering, gifting, and sealing them unto the day of final redemption. (John 16:8–11, Acts 1:8,4:31, 5:3-4, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:18)

THE FALLEN NATURE OF MAN

We believe that men and woman are created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin mankind is also fallen. We have inherited a sinful nature and have become alienated from God. Man is thus separated from God and, left to himself, incapable to remedy his fallen condition. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:10-11, 22-23, Romans 5:12-14, Ephesians 2:1–3, Ephesians 2:12)

SALVATION

We believe that God, being rich in mercy, did not leave His people in their fallen condition, but through the blood of Christ purchased for Himself a people. Redeeming them from their sinful state and conforming them into the image of Christ. (John 1:12-13, Romans 3:21-26, 5:8, 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:4–10, 1 Peter 1:18–19, 2:9-10)

ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS

We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37–40; John 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Peter 1:5) 

This assurance is based solely upon the gospel of Jesus Christ, which produces a desire to worship, obey, and follow God. (Romans 12:1-12, 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11–15, 1 John 1:6)

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is the visible and invisible covenant community of God, and the house and family of God. The church is Christ’s body and bride; the temple of the Holy Spirit; the new Israel and new Jerusalem; God’s royal priesthood; the firstfruits of the world to come; and the communion of the saints. (Ephesians 2:19, Romans 12:5, Ephesians 5:25, Revelation 19:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10, Revelation 21:9-10, Romans 8:23, James 1:18, Jude 1:3)

We believe that the church is called to join the mission of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to create other worshipers of Him, and to see the kingdom of God restored on earth as it is in heaven. (Acts 1:8, John 4:23, Matthew 6:10)

We believe that God has given His church two sacraments, baptism and communion. The sacraments are the rites of the Christian church; they are the rites of the Christian people. They’re actions done by the church, at God’s command, with confidence in God’s promise. Baptism is administered with water while communion with bread and wine (or juice) by the community of believers. (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23- 26)