What We Believe
We concentrate on the clearly revealed basics of scripture and not on secondary issues that have often divided believers.
We believe there is only one God and that within the one Divinity there are three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe the scriptures are divinely inspired, true, and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that since the fall of humankind into sin, we have lost peace with God, the ability to overcome sin, and the expectation of eternal life. (Romans 3:9-20,23; 8:7,8; Genesis 3:22)
We believe that God continually works to reconcile the world to himself and that salvation only comes through Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Romans 5:6-11; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
We believe salvation is by grace through faith and depends on Jesus Christ’s atoning work on the cross, not on the perfection of our works. (John 3:16-18; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, his miracles, his sacrificial death, his bodily resurrection, and his second coming. (Matthew 1:20; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28)
We believe in the resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous, the final judgment, and eternal life for the saved and eternal damnation for the unrepentant lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15)
We believe true faith will express itself in a life of obedience to Jesus Christ’s Lordship, and that Christian character is the fruit produced by the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-26; James 2:20-24)
We believe that Christian maturity will manifest itself in an urgency to reach every possible person with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 10:14-15)
We believe in baptizing followers of Jesus in obedience to the Great Commission, and in remembering Christ’s death as we share the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29)
We believe Jesus Christ calls believers to unity under his Lordship and the authority of his word, “so that the world may believe.” (John 17:20-23) We believe the scriptures teach that unity comes from:
- agreement on the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, as for example, those listed by Paul in Ephesians 4:4-6 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-8,
- allowing each other freedom on the more disputable, controversial, secondary matters, as per Romans 14:1-15:7, and
- love and humility which are the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as per Ephesians 4:1-3 and Galatians 5:22-23.