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Does it really matter what a church’s leadership believes and teaches? Absolutely. Jesus came up with the idea of a “church” and has a unique purpose and mission for us to fulfill. So it’s extremely important that we, as a church, believe, teach, and live out the truth that Jesus taught and endorsed. So if you’re a believer seeking to connect with a church family and are considering membership, a church’s doctrinal beliefs are the first and most important factor in your decision.
We wanted to be able to convey what we believe in two ways. First, we offer a “short version” that captures not only what we believe, but why it’s important to us. And second, we offer a “detailed version” that is purposely more technical and more detailed because, when it comes to doctrine, precision and clarity matter deeply. So, read the short version, and study the second…
The Short Version
God is real. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and totally in charge of the direction history is moving. He is the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created everything and everyone and every person matters deeply to him. Everyone has sinned, so everyone needs Jesus, who died for our sins, rose again from the dead, and is coming back. Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Heaven and hell are real, as are angels and demons, including Satan. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer and empowers and gifts us to live and serve. The Bible, which is God’s Word, is both true and powerful. Baptism is when believers are immersed in water, not for salvation but to tell the world we follow Jesus. Communion is a memorial to Jesus’ death. Jesus started the church before His death, protects it through every age, and commissioned the church to tell the world about Him. And no matter what, there is always hope because of the promise we have in Jesus Christ.
The Detailed Version
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18
THE DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19
ETERNAL SECURITY & ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38-39; 1 Peter 1:5
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh.
Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15
THE MINISTRY & SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience.
1 Corinthians 12:7,11,13; Ephesians 4:7-8
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.
John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him.
Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons.
Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
Acts 14:27; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11
We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control.
Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4
We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
If you have any questions about anything we believe, please feel free to contact us.