The Bible serves as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Only that which is expressly taught in the Holy Scriptures can be made conditions of fellowship and obligation. In our effort to teach sound doctrine and the “whole will of God” (Titus 2:1, Acts 20:27), we stand strongly on the essentials as taken from scripture and presented in both the Nicene and the Apostle’s Creed.
Because we believe all true Christians to be members of the Body of Christ, we accept the denominational differences and positions on many of the issues that tend to divide Christians unnecessarily. In disputable areas where we hold convictions that cause disagreement, we are free to do so graciously (Romans 14:1, 4,12, 22; 1 Corinthians 13:2). In areas where liberal theology distorts the Word of God, we stand aligned with the conservative opinions taught by the early church fathers.
We believe in the Trinity: God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirt. We believe God’s Holy Word is the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. We hold true and affirm the teachings of the early church fathers, adhering our beliefs in line with the Apostles Creed.
At the center of our faith, we believe that Jesus came from heaven, took upon Himself humanity, died by crucifixion and arose from the tomb. His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God the Father confirms that God has accepted His sacrifice on our behalf.
We believe that out of God’s love and mercy He created mankind so that He could be with us, but man’s sin has separated us from Him. Through God’s grace Jesus came to restore our relationship with our heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide and encourage us to accept what Christ has done for us. Our faith is a matter of choice, and the Holy Spirit has come to encourage us to believe in Christ and proclaim Him as our Lord.
We affirm that the Bible is the Word of God in human language. These Scriptures are fully inspired and they hold final authority in the life of the church.
God is the one true living God, Creator of the universe, perfect and sovereign, and ready to save from sin and death those coming to him through faith in the death and resurrection of Christ.
All humans have exercised their will against God, and due to sin, they are incapable of returning to God by their own power or good works.
God revealed himself most fully in Jesus Christ for the express purpose of redeeming lost humanity through the atoning death and shed blood of Jesus upon the cross. Jesus was born of a virgin, fully God, yet fully human. He was crucified and rose again on the third day. He is now alive, exalted as Lord and Christ, and he holds all power in heaven and on earth.
Salvation comes by the grace of God, that is, His unmerited favor which he bestows upon sinful humans; that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Faith is the acceptance of God's gift of salvation. It is trust to the point of a commitment and not simply the belief that God exists.
The Holy Spirit comes to indwell all believers in the response of faith. He bears witness to Christ and guides God's people into the truth. He graciously provides gifts and ministries to enable the church to carry out her task.
The church consists of those who have been chosen by God. It should be an instrument of worship and celebration, of support for its members, and of evangelism. It is committed to two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Table. The church includes all believers everywhere, living and dead, and is not to be defined merely by institutional or denominational labels.
God's eternal purpose will be consummated at the return of Christ who will raise the dead and judge all humans. The kingdom of God began to break into the present age in a partial and hidden way in the ministry of Jesus. In the end, it will be fully manifested. The church in every generation is comforted by this blessed hope.
We hold the belief that Bible-believing Christians should mirror the character of Jesus every day and in every way. They should glorify God in both conduct and speech, and should seek to live blamelessly before the world and each other, being faithful stewards of their possessions and ministries as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible teaches that God is the Creator and Sustainer of human life; that God creates each person in His image; and that life is therefore sacred and of value from the moment of conception to natural death. We believe that God creates each person as male or female; that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the "image of God" in humankind; and that each person's biological gender is an intrinsic, immutable aspect of his or her nature and identity.
We believe the Bible teaches that God established marriage in the beginning as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman; that He has reserved sexual intimacy as an expression of love and commitment between married couples; and that any intimate expression of sexuality outside of Biblical marriage is sin.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
Hell and the Eternal Retribution
All who physically die in sin, without accepting Christ are hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and, therefore, have no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).