STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe in one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

     We believe in God the Father, who is the almighty Creator of all things, both visible and invisible.

  •  Genesis 1:1

  •  Acts 17:24-28

  •  Hebrews 11:3

 

     We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the World.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary being       both full human and fully divine.  He lived a sinless life.  He suffered and was crucified as an atonement for our sin.  He rose again bodily           from the dead on the third day, ascended into Heaven, and will return in victory to rule forever.

  • Matthew 21:11

  • John 1:14

  • John 3:16

  • 1 John 4:9

  • 2 Peter 3:18

 

     We believe in the Holy Spirit who indwells every Christian.  It is He who convicts us of sin.  He helps us in our weakness and intercedes for         us in prayer.  He also empowers us to a fruitful Christian life.

  • John 14:26

  • John 16:5-15

  • Acts 1:7-8

  • Romans 8:26-27

  • 1 Corinthians 3:16

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19

  • 2 Timothy 1:14

 

We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word

     We believe God inspired the original writings of the Scripture and those original writings were consequently without error.

  • Isaiah 40:8

  • Matthew 5:18

  • Acts 1:16

  • 1 Corinthians 2:12-13

  • 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

     We believe that the Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith, truth, morality, and Christian living.

  • Psalm 119:11

  • Romans 15:4

  • 2 Timothy 2:14-16

  • Hebrews 4:12

 

     We believe the Bible teaches that God is the Creator and Sustainer o human life; that God creates each person in His image; and that life is       therefore sacred, from conception to natural death.  We believe that God creates each person as male or female; that these two distinct,           complimentary 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.

  • Genesis 1:26-27

  • Genesis 2:7, 21-22

  • Psalm 139:13-18

 

     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    i             intimate expression of sexuality outside of Biblical marriage is sin.

  • Genesis 2:23-25

  • Exodus 20:14

  • Leviticus 18:1-20, 22-23

  • Matthew 19:4-6, 9

  • Romans 1:18-31

  • 1 Timothy 1:8-11

  • Jude 7

We believe in the Gospel—the Good News of Salvation

     We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from         Jesus Christ.

  • Isaiah 53:6

  • Acts 4:12

  • Romans 3:23

 

     We believe that salvation—the forgiveness of sin—in only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew 26:28

  • Romans 5:9

  • Ephesians 2:8-9

  • 1 Peter 1:18-19

  • 1 John 1:7

 

     We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being                   immersed into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation.

  • Romans 5:1-2; 10:9

  • Acts 2:38; 3:19

  • Galatians 3:27

  • Colossians 2:12

  • 1 Peter 3:21

 

     That those who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ are sent into the world to proclaim the gospel and to love and serve           the world just as Jesus Himself did.

  • Matthew 28:18-20

  • 2 Corinthians 5:20

  • Ephesians 2:10

  • John 20:21

 

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere

     We believe the Bible teaches that every Christian should be an active member of a local church.

  • Hebrews 10:24-25

 

     We believe that Jesus is the Head of the Church and the Elders of the church are the overseers of its affairs and the shepherds of its                 members; that they are the final interpretive authority of the Bible's meaning and application for the church; and that they are responsible           for the oversight, instruction, edification, discipline, and restoration of church members.

  • Acts 20:28

  • Colossians 2:18

  • 1 Peter 5:1-4

  • Titus 1:9; 2:1-15

  • Hebrew 13:17

  • Galatians 6:1

 

     We believe that the Bible instructs church members to:

  • Meet together regularly for fellowship, worship, teaching, and the Lord's Supper.

  • Acts 2:42

  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

  • Use our natural abilities and spiritual gifts to serve one another.

  • Romans 12

  • 1 Peter4:10

  • 1 Corinthians 12:7

  • Love one another, bear with one another, accept one another, and forgive one another.

  • John 13:34-35

  • Romans 13:8

  • Ephesians 4:2 & 32

  • Colossians 3:13

  • Seek unity, agreement, and peace with one another.

  • Romans 12:16 & 18

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:13

  • Philippians 2:2

  • Encourage and build up one another.

  • 1 Thessalonian 5:11

  • Bear one another's burdens and pray for one another.

  • Galatians 6:2

  • James 5:16

  • Spur one another to love and good deeds.

  • Hebrews 10:24

  • Submit to the authority of the elders of the church.

  • Hebrews 13:17

  • Support the church financially.

  • 2 Corinthians 8:7

  • Malachi 3:10

  • 1 Timothy 5:17-18

  • Pursue personal holiness and obedience to God's Word.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1

  • 1 Peter 1:15-16

  • Strive together to fulfill the Great Commission.

  • Matthew 28:18-20