We believe the Bible is the holy and inerrant Word of God. The Old and New Testament Scriptures are complete without contradiction, recorded by man as moved by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Scripture interprets Scripture, and it has been fashioned by its author, God, in such a way that proves infallible, standing the test of time for the glorification of His Son, Jesus Christ.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe the God of all creation is a triune God, three persons in one. The Trinity is made up of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is not merely different modes or forms of God, but each member of the Trinity is a real being. Each person of the Trinity is fully and necessarily God who has existed forever before the beginning of creation itself and will continue to exist for all eternity to come. The Holy Trinity is necessary for salvation. God the Father has adopts all who believe to be holy and blameless in His sight. It is through God the Son, Jesus Christ alone, whose blood is sufficient for justification of mankind’s sin, and it is the convicting power of the Holy Spirit in the heart of believers that develops a holy and obedient life to bring glory to His name. The Trinity is something our minds cannot fully comprehend. It is impossible to grasp the reality that there is only one true God, yet He exists as three distinct persons. God’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. The Trinity is a testament that He is God and we are not.
(Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-18, Ephesians 1:3-14, Isaiah 55:8-9)
Salvation is a free gift offered to anyone who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and believes in their heart that God raised Him from the dead. We believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and His blood is sufficient for the covering and justification of mankind’s sin. Justification is extended by God, through Jesus Christ alone, fully based on grace and no work of man. Man is justified before God by faith alone, and true saving faith, should be accompanied by obedience to the Lord and the bearing of fruit. Once salvation is received by an individual it cannot be taken away and security of eternal life is sealed forever. Justification is made possible through Christ that anyone who believes may stand blameless before God the Father on the final Day of Judgment and live with Him in perfect fellowship for eternity. When a person is saved, the Spirit of God immediately takes residency in a believer’s heart as Guide and Helper. The Spirit of God is powerful in a believer’s life in providing victory over the old self, enabling a believer to walk in the newness of life. The indwelling Spirit also illuminates the Truth of God that He may be known and be made known to others. After receiving Jesus as Savior, a believer should be obedient in the ordinance of baptism as instructed by Christ. Baptism is a reflection of our association with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior. Although baptism waters do not have saving power, the act is a symbolic outward expression of obedience declaring oneself as a disciple of Christ.
(Matthew 28:19-20, John 3:5, 10:27-29, 14:6, 14:26, Romans 5-7, 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, James 2:26)
ORDINANCES of BAPTISM & the LORD’S SUPPER
BAPTISM- After receiving Jesus as Savior, a believer should be obedient in the ordinance of baptism as instructed by Christ. Baptism is a reflection of our association with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior. Although baptism waters do not have saving power, the act is a symbolic outward expression of obedience declaring oneself as a disciple of Christ.
(Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)
THE LORD’S SUPPER- This ordinance was exampled by Christ and commemorates Him as fully God, yet also fully man. The Lord’s Supper is a time of self examination in remembrance of the body of Christ that was sacrificed for an undeserving world, and the blood of Christ that was poured out as the only sufficient covering of sin. The unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine are symbolic in representing the blameless life and body of Christ that was ransomed for all mankind. Participation of the Lord’s Supper should be limited to those who have confessed Jesus as Lord and have followed in obedience unto baptism and a life of unity with fellow believers. Participation of the Lord’s Supper also confirms the believer’s commitment to the local Body of Christ and Biblical discipline as a genuine disciple of Christ.
(Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-21, 11:23-29)
THE GREAT COMMISSION, MISSIONS & EVANGELISM
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned the church to take the Gospel to the world with the purpose of reaching all people groups with His redeeming love and desire for discipleship. When Christ said, “Go”, He did not desire His followers to evangelize only after reaching certain achievements, rather His instruction was to reach the world “as they go”. Evangelism is to be incorporated into the fibers of the life of the church as the call for every individual, with the focus of reaching local communities as their own “Jerusalem” and the ends of the earth simultaneously, with the good news of His love.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)