We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are the “breathed out” Word of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe that holy men of God wrote under the direct control of the Holy Spirit in such a manner so that the original manuscripts were without error.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; II Corinthians 13:14
We believe in the direct creation by God of the physical universes, all spirit beings, man, and lower forms of life, without the process of evolution, and also that the early chapters of Genesis are literal and accurate history. God sustains all creation but exists in no necessary relationship to it.
Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:15-18
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that by voluntary transgression fell and is now alienated from God and in need of grace for salvation, being totally incapable of restoring his relationship with God through His own effort and works.
Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means – especially, the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
I Peter 1:1-2; Philippians 1:6
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Pastors/Elders, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Matthew 28:18-21; Acts 2:41-42
THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that Christ is returning and will establish His kingdom on the new heaven and new earth forever. The wicked will be judged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell.
I Cor. 15:50-56; Rev. 20:11-15
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
We believe that God creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
Gen. 2:18,22-25; Mark 10:6-9