Our Beliefs

God

There is but One. He is eternal, perfect in power, knowledge, will, and holiness.

He serves as Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the earth and all that it contains. He is the God of Scripture. He deserves our highest honor, our greatest obedience, and fearful reverence. He is personal and is love. He is Triune and has revealed Himself to us as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; all of which have personal characteristics yet never break nature with one another. He always was, always will be, and always is. He is victorious. He is the I Am.

Christ

Jesus is the Image of the invisible God. He is the Word that was from the beginning and the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. The one in which all Old Testament prophesies foretold of. God was pleased to let His fullness dwell in Him. He was born of a Virgin, lived a sinless life, and was crucified, died, and was raised again for the sins of mankind.

He is God incarnate, our atonement, our mediator, the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the only access to the one true God.

He is perfect in teaching, knowledge, and obedience. Jesus sits exalted at God’s right hand where He will reign eternally. He is fully both; human and eternal deity. He dwells in the hearts of those who have confessed Him to be Lord, accepted Him as their substitution for death, and continue to follow Him. Jesus is more than a teacher to those who believe on what He accomplished against sin and for God’s glory, He is Lord; worth worship, adoration, and highest regards.

Salvation

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith.

Not found by the adherence to the law or by the works of man, but by the work of Jesus, so that no one may boast before Him. One must realize that he is sinful. We are born into it and can do nothing in our own strength about it for it is our very nature. The wages of sin is surely death. The good news comes in the truth that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. In His death the wrath of God was poured out on Him so that grace might be extended unto us. In his resurrection, death and sin lost its power, its sting. God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, and it was God’s pleasure to do so. To be saved one must confess with their mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead. For in your heart you believe and are justified and with the mouth you confess and are saved. To those who unite with Him in His death and take up their cross daily and follow Him they will surely be raised again and united with Him in His resurrection. Salvation is through Jesus, by Jesus, because of Jesus, and for the ultimate glory and purpose of God.

Bible

The Holy Scriptures were written by God through men. These men were divinely inspired and therefore ultimately the message of salvation and the truth of scriptures substance are without error. The 66 books of the Old and New Testament are completely trustworthy, completely truthful. God reveals his purpose, his laws, his life principles, and his redemptive story through this sacred literature. He sets the standard of his judgment, he shows the way believers should live, and therefore the Bible should be the only book that stands above any human opinion or writing or creed for it is divine and eternal in nature.

It is the Word that God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

It all points to Jesus, who is the Word that became flesh. Christ is to whom scripture must be interpreted in light of. He is the revelation of God and scripture attests to that. Scripture is completely sufficient and nothing should be added to or changed on the basis of later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Scripture is authority.

Church

The Church is made up of believers who are called out by God to be a part of the body of Christ. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. It is a body locally and universally.

Its purpose is to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and to do God’s will on the earth.

The ultimate goal of the Church is to make disciples by the preaching of the Gospel and the teaching of scripture. When God redeems men and women they are added to the local church where together they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. In a local setting Church is a community of believers who gather under Christ as the head. Christ has given gift ministries to the Church (apostles, teachers, preachers, evangelists, pastors) and the Church is to exercise these gifts for growth in maturity of its members.