Statement of Faith
(Revised 1/1/2020)

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. (2Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are
equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of
creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; John 1:1,3;
Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.  
We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and
answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; 17:1-5; Ephesians 1:3-6)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His
virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily
resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return
to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14-18; Romans 3:25, 9:5; I Corinthians 15; Titus 2:

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is now acting to convict the world of
sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus
Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, gives spiritual gifts for
building up the church and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 3: 1-8, 16:4-15,15:16; I
Corinthians 3:10-13, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16-25)

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under
condemnation.  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are
regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (John 3:5-7; Romans 3:23-26; 8:9-17; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6;  Ephesians
2:8-10; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; Peter 1:23)

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 task of
giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Matthew 16:13-28; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12:14;
Hebrews 10:24-25)

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their
conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their
possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity
in Christ. (John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Matthew 25:31-46; Ephesians 2:10; 4:17-5:21;
Philippians 2:1-18)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and
the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the
name of the triune God to show forth our solemn faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior
signifying our death to sin and resurrection to new life.  We believe that the Lord’s supper was
instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and should be preceded always by solemn self-
examination.  We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the
return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:36-40; 10:47-48; 18:8; Romans 6:3-5; I
Corinthians 11:23-28; 12:13)

We believe every human being is called to develop their understanding of the Christian faith through
interaction with the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. No ecclesiastical structure beyond the local church
can define the boundaries of Christian faith with authority. We also believe that the God-ordained
leadership of the local church carries a responsibility to both teach a clear, biblical faith and to oppose
teaching and belief that is contrary to that clear, biblical faith; that each church is independent and
must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and
State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or
patronage of the other.

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one
another in a a trans-local association of churches, whether denominational or non-denominational.  
Such an organization exists and functions by the will of the churches.  Cooperation in a trans-local
association is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.  Churches may likewise cooperate with
interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis. (Acts 15:22-31)

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 joy of those in
Christ, and the endless suffering of those who refuse Christ. (I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Matthew 24:36;
2 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 John 3:2)

We believe in the personality and reality of Satan, that he is the originator of sin, and that he is
ceaseless and ruthless in his efforts to destroy God’s plan of salvation. We believe he counterfeits the
work of God by fostering false teachings that deny the blood of Jesus Christ and salvation by grace
alone. Furthermore, we believe that he is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in Hell. (Genesis 3:
1-19; Romans 5:12; II Corinthians 4:3-4, 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2, 6:10-12; II Thessalonians 2:3-4; I
Timothy 4:1-3; Revelation 20:10)

We believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.  God instituted marriage as a
unifying blessing bonding the male and female to share in the divine nature of God. Sexual intimacy is
intended to be expressed only within marriage, and any sort of sexual activity outside of marriage is,
by nature, sinful.  We believe a homosexual lifestyle and same sex marriage are not consistent with
Scripture. We believe those who feel their gender is other than their biological gender are denying
reality rather than expressing their true identity. ‘[M]ale and female he created them’ (Genesis 1;27).
We believe that Christians should approach all issues of sin with grace and humility. Our position is not
one of ugly judgment, but recognition that God graciously wishes to protect us from the damage of sin
despite our sins. We do not seek to condemn, but to call believers to a lifestyle that reflects God’s best
for His people. (Genesis 1:26-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6:8-10)
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