What We Believe

We confess these truths:

God
There is one God who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, having the same nature. He is the eternal and sovereign ruler over His creation. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present. He is perfect in holiness and all His other attributes. He alone is worthy of worship. (Gen. 1:1, 26; Job 38:1-42:6; Is. 6:1-5; Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 1:20; Rev. 4:11)

The Father
God the Father is eternally existent with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He loves the world and sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. The Father draws men unto Himself through His Son to become His children. The Father loves His children, teaches them, disciplines them, provides for their needs, and hears and answers their prayers. (Deut. 32:6; Ps. 139:13; Is. 64:8; Jer. 1:5; Matt. 6:1-32, 11:27, 23:9; John 6:43-47; Rom. 8:13-17; Eph. 2:17-18; Heb. 12:4-13; I John 3:1-3)

Jesus
Jesus is God the Son, equal to and eternally existent with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, becoming fully man while retaining all His deity. He lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on a cross to atone for the sins of the world, was buried, was resurrected, and ascended to His Father in Heaven. He is Lord over all, Head of the church, and the only way to Heaven. He will return to earth in His glory. (Is. 53:1-12; Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1-2 and 14, 4:25-26, 10:30, 14:6; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:16; Eph. 1:20-23; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-19; Heb. 2:17-18; I Peter 2:21-22; I John 2:2)

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, equal to and eternally existent with the Father and the Son. He guided men in the recording of God’s Word. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. He indwells believers at salvation, seals them for the day of redemption, distributes gifts to them, guides them to truth, and produces fruit in their lives. (Matt. 28:19-20; John 14:16-17 and 16:8-14; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:9-11; I Cor. 3:16 and 12:4-13; Gal. 5:22; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

Scripture
Scripture is the written Word of God, complete, inerrant, and authoritative in all its content. Scripture consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. (Rom. 15:4; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

Man
God created man in His own image as male and female and gave them dominion over the earth. By Adam’s disobedience, sin entered into the world and death by sin. Since that time, all are sinners, fall short of the glory of God, and are justly condemned by Him. (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 8:3-9; Micah 6:8; Rom. 3:23, 5:12-21, 6:23; I Cor. 15:21-23)

Salvation
Salvation is God’s action to forgive man of his sins and to restore him into a right relationship with his Creator. Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone without any mixture of works. Saving faith is marked by repentance and results in a changed life, one characterized by the practice of righteousness. Those who believe in Christ are at that time baptized by Him with the Holy Spirit and receive eternal life. Their salvation is kept secure by God. They shall reign with Jesus forever. Any person who dies without believing in Christ will remain separated from God and will suffer eternal punishment. (Ex. 15:2; Ps. 3:8; Matt. 3:11; John 3:16, 10:27-29; Acts 4:12; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:8-9; I John 3:4-10, 5:10-12; Rev. 20:15, 22:3-5)

The Church
The church is the body of Christ, composed of all who are saved. It was instituted and is led by Christ. As Head, He builds the church, arranging the members with their different gifts and functions into a unified body for His glory and purpose. The church gathers to worship God, to proclaim His Word, and to equip its members for service. As it goes into the world, the church is to make disciples of all nations. It administers the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 16:16-18, 28:18-20; I Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 4:1-16; II Tim. 4:1-2)

Baptism
Baptism is an act of total submersion in water by which a believer publicly identifies in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is administered in the name of the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12, 36-38; 16:27-34; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12)

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is the remembrance of Jesus Christ sacrificing His body and blood as atonement for the sins of the world. It is a recommitment of the new covenant believers have individually made with Him. It looks forward to His return. (I Cor. 11:17-34)

The Sanctity of Human Life
Each human being, as an image bearer of God, is worthy of respect and protection at every stage and condition from conception until natural death. (Gen. 1:26-27, 9:5-6; Ex. 20:13; Job 31:15; Ps. 8:3-9, 139:13-16; Prov. 24:11-12, 31:8; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:39-45, 10:25-37)

Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality
God has created each person as either male or female. Rejection of this biological state is a rejection of the role of each person in bearing the image of God. Marriage is the uniting of only one man and only one woman in a lifetime covenant, providing a picture of the union between Christ and His church, the exclusive context for sexual expression, and the means for procreation of the human race. (Gen. 1:27-28, 2:18-25; Ex. 20:14; Ps. 127:3; Prov. 5:15-20; Mal. 2:13-16; Matt. 5:31-32, 19:1-9; Mark 10:1-12; Luke 16:18; Rom. 1:18-32; I Cor. 6:9-20, 7:1-16; Eph. 5:22-33; Heb. 13:4)

How We Live