What We Believe

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TRINITY

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
(Genesis 1:1,26; Isaiah 44:6-8; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5-6)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, sinless and perfect. He died as the substitute for the entire human race as a sin-bearer, was buried, rose bodily from the grave and ascended to the Father’s right hand, where He ministers as our Great High Priest. He will come again to rapture His Church and subsequently return to reign on the earth.
(John. 1:1,14; Romans 3:24,25; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 8:3)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, empower, and provide spiritual gifts all who believe in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all who believe in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
(John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26,27; 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)

HUMAN RACE

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition by himself.
(Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12)

SALVATION

We believe salvation is obtained by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and entirely apart from law-keeping or good works. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ. Sinners are saved by repenting of their sins and believing on the atoning work of Christ. Every person who truly believes on Christ and rests on His finished work as the only righteous ground on which a Holy God can forgive his sins is saved.
(Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus. 3:5; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 10:9,10)

ETERNAL SECURITY

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5)

THE CHURCH

We believe in the Universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and all regenerated persons are members.  We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary tasks of living a life of worship, nurturing the body of believers and giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
(Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25)

CHURCH ORDER

The supreme authority of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sovereign Lord appoints all the Church leadership, gifts, order, and discipline. There is plurality of elders in the church, men who meet the scriptural qualifications. Each local church has deacons to serve the practical needs of the church.
(I Peter 2:5,9 & 5:1-5; Ephesians 4:11,12; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:13) 

ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin.

As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s church.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts. 8:36-39 & 20:7; I Corinthians 11:26)

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). These gifts are needed for the growth of the Church. As we work together, the Holy Spirit gifts each one of us to benefit the body as a whole.
(Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4)

SECOND COMING

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.  We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
(Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)
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