Beliefs

The Bible    We believe the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 19:7-11; Prov. 30:5; 2 Tim. 3:16)

God    We believe in one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Gen. 1:26; Matt. 3:16,17 & 28:19)

 Jesus Christ    We believe Jesus Christ is God the Son, the 2nd person of the Trinity.  On earth he was 100% God and 100% man.  We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death on the cross and His bodily resurrection.  He ascended to heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  (Isaiah 7:14 & 9:6; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-5, 14; Phil. 2:5-12; 1 Tim. 2:5 & 3:16)

Holy Spirit    We believe the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict people of sin, save and indwell the repentant believer, guide true believers in all truth and to give spiritual gifts.  We believe that the operation of spiritual gifts and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all believers as promised.  The purpose of spiritual gifts is to build and sanctify the Church and confirm the power of the Gospel.  All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives.  These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical guidelines.  (Matt. 3:11; Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39; 14:16,17; 16:7-14; Acts 1:5,8; 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:38, 44-47; 19:1-6; Rom. 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31 & 14:1-40; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6; Heb. 2:1-4; 1 Pet. 4:10)

 Human Beings    We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis.  In his natural state man is a sinner, lost, without hope and unable to obtain righteousness.  (Rom. 3:19-23; 5:12,18; Eph. 2:1-3,12)

Salvation    We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it by faith.  First, there must be repentance from sin and then faith towards Jesus Christ.  Righteousness results from our faith in the blood of Jesus that was shed for us and is totally separate from our works.  (John 14:6; Acts 3:19; 4:12; Rom. 3:23; 5:1-21; 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8,9)

 Divine Healing    We believe in divine healing through faith and that healing is included in the atonement.  Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in Jesus’ commission to His disciples.  (Ps. 103:2,3; Isaiah 53:5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; 1 Cor. 12:9,28; James 5:14,15; 1 Pet. 2:24)

 Ordinances    We believe in water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who is the Lord Jesus Christ.  This was commanded by Jesus for all who believed in Him.  (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 10:48; 19:5; Rom. 6:3-7; Col. 3:11-15)  We believe in observing the Lord’s Supper as a memorial to Jesus’ death, resurrection and second coming. (Luke 22:13-22; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)

Second Coming    We believe in the bodily return of Jesus to rapture His church, in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal life of the saved and the eternal punishment of Satan, his angels, and the lost.  Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of all believers.  Hell is the place where all who reject Jesus will be eternally, consciously, tormented with the devil and the fallen angels.  (Matt. 24:30,31; 25:41; John 5:24; 1 Cor. 15:42-44 & 50-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:4-6 & 11-15; 21:8)