Core Beliefs

WHAT WE BELIEVE:
 
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in lieu of the lives and experiences of the authors, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct for the home, and the church.  
 
THE TRINITY
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.
 
GOD THE FATHER
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 men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
 
JESUS CHRIST
We believe in Jesus Christ, who is God’s only begotten Son. 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.
 
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is the third person of the Triune Godhead, and that He was active at creation, in the Old Testament, the early church, and that He continues 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 permanently, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, corrector and guide.
 
REGENERATION
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and are under condemnation. We believe that those who receive the free gift of salvation through repentance of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
 
THE CHURCH
We believe that the local church consists of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith. We as a local church gather for worship, edification, accountability, encouragement, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world, coupled with discipling those that accept Christ.
 
CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God by first and foremost loving the Lord. This leads to a love for others and to seeking after the well-being of others. The conduct of a believer should be blameless before the world; and they should be faithful stewards of their possessions. The believers ought to seek to grow and mature in Christ.
 
THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ordained two observances for the local church. First, believers’ Baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord and His work on behalf of the individual. Believers’ baptism does not add to the salvation of an individual but is a show of commitment to the Lord. We believe that Biblical baptism is the full immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Triune God. Second, the Lord’s Supper represents the commemoration of Christ’s death on Calvary. It represents the body and blood shed on the cross for humanity. The Lord’s Supper is a serious but joyful reminder of the free gift of salvation and it is a reminder and revival of our commitment to the Lord. The Lord’s Supper should be observed by those who are born again and Scripturally baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that these two ordinances picture the Gospel and should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
We believe that every human answers to God, and every believer is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith and life first and foremost. We believer that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority, or denomination. We believe that the Church cannot be under the State and must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
 
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, followed by the tribulation for the unbelievers who are left behind following the rapture. We believe that the rapture is for the purification of the Jews and the wrath of God on the nations, followed by the defeat of the evil one and the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom in lieu of the enthronement of Christ on the Davidic throne. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. We believe in a literal heaven for the believer and a literal hell for the unbeliever.