We Believe

The Trinity

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity, and who are worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience.(Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

The Person and Work of God

We believe that in the beginning God created out of nothing the universe and all that is in it, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness.  By this sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation and by His providence He orders the affairs of men and nations according to His own wise, eternal plan.  (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-17)

The Person and the Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to reveal God to man and redeem sinful man.  We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice.  We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  (John.1:1; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people.  (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; I John 2:1–2)

The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin.  He also regenerates, baptizes believers into the church  (the Body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows one or more spiritual gifts on each believer, and empowers those yielded to Him. (John. 16:8; 14:16–17; I Corinthians 12:7,13; Ephesians.1:13) We believe some gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and prophecy, were temporary and foundational in nature. 

The Nature of Man

We believe that man was created innocent and in the image of God, but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity.  We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and thus unable by his own efforts to please God and is in need of salvation. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by man by personally trusting in the death of Jesus Christ as an adequate substitute for the penalty of sin.  We believe that man is justified by grace through faith apart from works.  We believe that to accomplish salvation God elected some prior to creation, sent Jesus Christ to purchase their redemption through a substitutionary death, and draws the elect unto belief through the working of the Holy Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:8–9; John. 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:8; John 3:16).  Those who have been justified will spend eternity in heaven, while the unregenerate will suffer doom in the lake of fire.