- To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you
- To welcome you into a community where you can encounter and engage the Word of God
- To encourage and disciple you in your Christian walk
While we recognize the importance of family, community and fun activities that unite us as a church, above and beyond anything else our focus as a church is Jesus Christ as we encounter Him in the Bible.
We place a very special emphasis on the systematic study of the Bible, communal prayer and hearing the Word of God preached on Sunday morning. After all, the apostle Paul tell us in his letter to the Romans that faith comes through hearing the Word of God.
John begins his Gospel by telling us a profound truth:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
A protracted study of the Bible makes it abundantly clear that the Bible is a collection of words by God about God. That is why our primary focus is on studying the Bible. We know of no better way of knowing God than through His Word.
Our nine core beliefs—about God, People, the Church, the Bible, and Christ's return—are the foundation of this church. This isa what we believe.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. That Jesus Christ died for sinners like us. That His life and subsequent death at the cross satisfied the just requirement of God for the payment of our sin. That repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ are God's requirements to become one of His children.
That the Holy Spirit comes to indwell each believer at the moment of salvation and guides and comforts them throughout their lives. That the Church, the Body of Christ is the family that God has created
to spread the Gospel and that it is the place for believers to grow in their faith.
That one day Jesus Christ will return to take His Church to Heaven and then set up His Kingdom here on earth. That there is a Heaven to be gained and a Hell to be avoided. That God loves us and is not willing that any man should perish!
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six Books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore, entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (II Peter 1:21, II Tim. 3:16,17)
We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1, I Tim. 2:5, Psalm 90:2, II Cor. 13:14)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ; in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory: in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (John1:1-3, Heb. 1:1-8, I Tim. 2:5, I Peter 3:18, I Cor. 15:4, Acts 1:9-11)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Who convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:3,4, John 16:8-13, Titus 3:5, Rom. 15:16, John 14:16,17)
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man.
(Isa. 14:12-14, Gen. 3:1-15, Eph. 2:2)
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 3:1-6, Rom. 5:12-19, Rom. 6:23)
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace, (Eph. 2:8) through faith (Eph. 2:8, Acts 2:20,21) and not of works (Eph. 2:9), that this salvation is instantaneous and not a process (II Cor. 5:17, John 5:24, Acts 9:1-6); that in salvation the sinner is made a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4) and receives eternal life as the gift of God (Rom. 6:23); that all who are saved by faith in Christ are kept by the power of God unto eternal salvation and shall never perish (I Peter 1:5, John 10: 28-30); and that the proper evidences of salvation appear in fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life (Eph. 2:10, I Peter 2:9, I Tim. 6:11, Titus 2:11,12, Titus 3:8,14); that every saved person is justified from all things from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts 13:39).
We believe in the personal bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. (I Thess. 4:16,17, Rev. 1:7, Rev. 21:1-5, Rev. 20:10-15)
We believe that the local church is a company of believers, who have been obedient to the Lord in Baptism by immersion, who have been called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts, and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons. (Acts 2:41-47, I Cor. 1:2, I Cor. 12:4,8-11, Eph. 4:11, I Tim. 3:1-13)
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the Church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
- Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Acts 8:36-39, Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:1-6)
- The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. (I Cor. 11:23-26)
We believe in the entire separation of church and state. (Matt. 22:21)
We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Matt. 28:1-6, Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:2)
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only on the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth.
(Rom. 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, I Peter 2:13,14, Acts 5:29, Acts 4:18-20)