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The following statement describes what we believe, teach and practice as followers of Jesus Christ and as a local church. We consider these to be the essential teachings of the Christian faith.

ABOUT GOD

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is intelligent, sovereign, spiritual, holy, perfect, love and personal.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 & 4:15; Acts 1:11 & 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15, 3:16, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives spiritual gifts to believers. As Christians we seek to live under His care and control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18; John 3:5, 14:16-17, 26, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:13; Galatians 5:16-18, 25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18.

ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be the authoritative Word of God for faith and living. It is without error. We accept in totality the Old and New Testaments as God’s Word to us, inspired Truth, written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 1:13, 2:15, 3:15-17; Hebrew 4:12-13.

ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

We believe that people are created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. All humans by nature and by choice are disobedient to God’s intended plan and desire for them. Without God, the condition of our hearts reflects this sin nature. We live an alienated life from God and have within ourselves no possible means of salvation.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1, 2; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10, 23.

ABOUT SALVATION

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God neither merited nor secured through good works or self-made attempts for God’s favor. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. This transformation is a work of grace through faith. When we turn from our self-ruled life and place trust in Jesus we are saved. Jesus is the only Way to salvation.
John 1:12, 3:14, 10:28-29, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 6:23, 10:13; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8,9.

ABOUT BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Baptism is not a hoop to jump through to join a church. It is important as a step of obedience and as a public profession of one’s personal relationship with God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience where Christ followers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember and celebrate the death of Jesus Christ as our substitute.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

We believe that eternal security is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ by faith. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security through the Holy Spirit.
John 10:29; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5.

ABOUT ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation in His Son. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with and know God is eternal life. Heaven is the place where we will experience life forever after our physical death or bodily resurrection. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16, 12:25-26, 14:1-6, 17:3; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 John 5:11-13.

ABOUT THE CHURCH

We believe in the spiritual unity and maturity of believers in Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. We believe it is important to uphold the Scriptural examples and practices of the early church. Therefore, we practice water baptism by immersion and the sharing of the Lord’s table (Communion) for followers of Jesus Christ. We do not believe that either of these practices is essential for salvation, but that they serve as demonstration of our living faith and obedience to Jesus Christ. Believers are uniquely gifted by Holy Spirit to serve and gather to devote to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, and outreach to the world.
Matthew 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8, 2:41-47; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27.

ABOUT THE GOSPEL

Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the Cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the Cross.
Romans 5:8, John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9

ABOUT MANS RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL

Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory. It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins and by God’s grace put saving faith in Christ. This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidenced by kingdom service or works. While neither repentance nor works save, unless a person is willing to deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow Christ, he cannot become His disciple.
Ephesians 1:11, Luke 9:23, Ephesians 2:8-10, Matthew 28:18-19.

ABOUT MAN'S INHERITANCE THROUGH THE GOSPEL

Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and via the miracle of regeneration liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit.
Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 5:1-2, Romans 8:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18.

ABOUT THE FAMILY

God has chosen the family as the foundation of culture and as a portrait of His relationship to the church. Marriage is defined by God as a lifetime covenant between one man and one woman who desire to glorify God through their relationship by being a compelling reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and the wife is to lovingly submit to the leadership of the husband as the church does to Christ. Parents are to nurture their children by teaching them the truths of the Bible and modeling a loving relationship with their Lord and one another.
Ephesians 5:22-33, Ephesians 6:1-4, Genesis 2:18-25

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