what we believe
We believe in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing as fully inspired by God, and accept them as the final authority for faith and life.
We believe in one God eternally existing in a loving unity of three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
THE PERSON & WORK FOR CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one person in two natures. We believe that Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only grounds for salvation.
THE PERSON & WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
THE FALL & SALVATION OF MAN
We believe that God created man in His image, that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death, physical and spiritual. We believe that all human beings inherit a sinful nature which issues in actual transgression involving personal guilt; that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. We believe that all who repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. That local church should seek to model, in every way, the pattern of the New Testament example of Christian life, values, structure and power. We believe the Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
THE CHRISTIAN LIVING
We believe that the ascended Christ has given various ministries or ministers to the Church to bring all believers to the place of Christian maturity in understanding the truth, the performance and the function of the ministry. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed.
THE END OF ALL THINGS
We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.