what we believe

IN ESSENTIAL BELIEF, WE HAVE UNITY
  • Ephesians 4:4–6, "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”


IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS, WE HAVE LIBERTY
  • Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22, "Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves."


IN ALL OUR BELIEFS, WE SHOW CHARITY (LOVE)
  • 1 Corinthians 13:2, "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."


ABOUT GOD
  • We believe in the one God, Who is self-existent, eternal and infinite. We believe that He, while being the same in essence, has revealed Himself as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, Who atoned for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His High Priestly intercession for His people and His return to the world according to His promise. (John 1:1-2,14; Luke 1:27; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 53:4-6; Luke 24:39; 1 John 2:1)


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need of Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control every day. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17,26; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 6:19,20; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25.)


ABOUT THE BIBLE
  • We believe that the Bible is God's infallible Word, written by men who were divinely and uniquely inspired, and that it is our supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
  • People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes all the problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)


ABOUT SALVATION
  • Salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:16; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)


ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
  • Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us that security. (John 5:24; 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10; 1 Peter 1:3-5)


ABOUT ETERNITY
  • People were created to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real existences. (John 3:16-18; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:16-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)


ABOUT CREATION
  • We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God without any evolutionary process. Man (spirit, soul, and body) was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life. All men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race. (Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3)


ABOUT THE CHURCH
  • We believe that the church is the body of Christ manifested through the local church. It is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. The local church is to observe the ordinances of Christ, is governed by His laws, and is to exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word. The officers of the church are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and responsibilities are clearly defined in the Scriptures. The true mission of the church is to exalt Christ, edify the believer, and evangelize the lost. (Ephesians 3:1-6; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Timothy 3:1-6; Matthew 28:18-20)