I. The Word of God

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone are the Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore are without error in the original manuscripts and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct for all of humanity (Psalm 19:72 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20,21Mark 13:31John 8:3132John 20:31Acts 20:32).

II. God

We believe that there is one living and true God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections including holiness, wisdom, power, love, and being infinite in them all. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, trust, obedience, and worship (Deuteronomy 6:4Psalm 145:3John 1:3Romans 11:361 Corinthians 8:4-610:31Colossians 1:16-171 Timothy 1:17).

III. Providence

We believe that God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events, yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of moral beings (Isaiah 46:9-11Proverbs 16:33Colossians 1:17;Hebrews 1:3James 1:13-15).

IV. The Trinity

We believe that God eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that these are without division of nature, essence, or being and equal in every divine perfection, and that They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Genesis 1:1,26John 1:1,3Matthew 3:16-1728:19John 4:24Romans 1:19202 Corinthians 13:14Ephesians 4:56).

V. The Father

We believe that God the Father, a personal Spirit, infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, including the future free choices of all humans and other moral beings, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Luke 10:2122Matthew 23:9John 3:166:27Romans 1:71 Timothy 1:122:561 Peter 1:3Revelation 1:6).

VI. Jesus Christ

We accept as truth that Jesus Christ is God’s eternally begotten Son and is fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin conception by the Holy Spirit, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We place our faith in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. We trust that He is the divinely appointed and only Mediator between God and man, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe (Isaiah 53:10-12Matthew 1:18-2520:28Luke 1:26-38John 1:11420:2830-31Acts 1:9-11Romans 5:6-86:9108:349:51 Corinthians 15:3-42 Corinthians 5:21Galatians 3:13Ephesians 1:4Hebrews 1:1-37:259:281 Timothy 2:53:161 Peter 2:21-23).

VII. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son to bring glory to the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to regenerate sinners, and to sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ, giving spiritual gifts to each of them for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is the Spirit of adoption, the seal of our salvation, the guarantor of our inheritance in Christ, and an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 14:16-172615:2627John 16:9-14Romans 8:914-171 Corinthians 3:166:19Galatians 5:22-26Ephesians 1:13-14).

VIII. The Fall of Humanity

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and free from sin, that humanity sinned against God and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God, and that, as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature opposed to God and His law, are sinners by choice, and are under condemnation that results in eternal death (Genesis 1:26-272:173:1-7196:5128:21Jeremiah 17:9John 5:24Romans 3:9-205:12-196:21,237:138:6-79:22Ephesians 2:1-32 Thessalonians 1:9James 1:14-151 John 3:14Revelation 21:8).

IX. Regeneration

We believe that regeneration is a change in the nature of a person, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds and renewing their hearts so that they love and practice holiness according to the word of God (Ezekiel 36:25-26John 1:133:35-82 Corinthians 5:17;Ephesians 2:1-6Titus 3:51 John 5:1).

X. Repentance and Faith

We believe that salvation is conditioned upon genuine repentance and faith, which follow upon God’s gracious drawing of sinners through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Repentance occurs when a person, by the Holy Spirit, is made sensible of the manifold evil of his/her sin, detests and forsakes it, humbling himself/herself with godly sorrow and self-abhorrence, and endeavors to walk before God so as to please Him in all things for the glory of His name. Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatever is revealed in His word concerning Christ and an accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness (Proverbs 28:13Matthew 3:8-10Mark 1:15John 3:16365:246:404465Acts 2:37-3811:1813:38-39;17:3020:21Romans 2:4-53:21-284:1-54:17-258:110:3-414172 Corinthians 5:21Philippians 1:29Ephesians 2:8-10Philippians 3:9Hebrews 11:6;James 2:14-262 Corinthians 7:10-11).

XI. Christian Conduct

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others, their conduct should strive to be blameless before the world, they should be faithful stewards of their possessions, and they should seek, through the strength that God supplies, to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ, pressing after a heavenly life in joyful obedience to all Christ’s commands. If anyone is behaving in a way that does not align with the Christian faith we believe it is the right and calling of his/her fellow Christians to plead with this person, in a loving manner worthy of Christ, to turn from a lifestyle unbecoming of a true follower of Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 36:27Matthew 5:1631-3219:1-928:20John 14:1523-24Romans 1:26-276:1-7:68:3-412-1412:1-31 Corinthians 4:26:9-1018;10:312 Corinthians 9:6-912:21Galatians 5:13-246:7-10Ephesians 5:3-6Hebrews 12:1-213:5Colossians 1:9-103:171 Timothy 6:6-101 Peter 2:122 Peter 1:3-111 John 2:3-63:16-18Revelation 21:8).

XII. The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, who have given a credible profession of faith and have associated for worship, work, edification, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (John 10:16Acts 1:82:42;Ephesians 1:222:19-224:11-165:19-2123Colossians 1:183:16Hebrews 3:1310:24-25).

XIII. The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism occurs in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a sign when a person professes fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ and his/her remission of sins. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is in no sense a sacrifice, but was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and with each other. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered by the local church until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-2928:18-20Acts 2:38Romans 6:3-51 Corinthians 10:16-1711:23-31;12:13).

XIV. Restoration

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment of the body and soul, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of those whom God has deemed to be the wicked (Matthew 16:27;25:31-46Mark 14:62John 5:28-2914:3Acts 1:1117:31Romans 2:6-11Philippians 3:201 Thessalonians 4:152 Timothy 4:18Titus 2:131 Corinthians 4:5;15:12-282 Corinthians 5:1-102 Thessalonians 1:7-10Revelation 20:4-6,11-15).