What We Believe

The Essentials

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that God’s works of creation give such clear and irrefutable testimony to His goodness, wisdom and power, that men who reject them are without excuse. Yet they are not sufficient of themselves to give that knowledge of God and His will which is necessary for salvation.  The sum total of God’s revelation concerning all things essential to His own glory, and to the salvation, faith and life of men is either explicitly set down or implicitly contained in the Holy Scriptures.

We believe that every word written in the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts is inspired by God and is without error.  The many copies of the originals that have been made are sufficient for all men to have a clear understanding of those things which are essential to man’s salvation and which must be known, believed and obeyed.

2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21; Rom 1:20; 1 Cor 2:13

God

We believe that there is only one true and living God.  God has existed eternally in three divine, yet distinct, Persons constituting the Godhead – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  They are one in substance and in power.  Each is fully God, and yet the Godhead is one and indivisible.  Their tri-unity (that is, the doctrine of the Trinity) is the essential basis of all our fellowship with God and with each other, and of the comfort we derive from our dependence upon Him.

Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 4:24; John 10:30; 2 Cor 13:14

Christ

We believe that the divine Person who made the world, upholds and governs all things that He has made, is the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Holy Trinity.  He took upon Himself the nature of man, yet was without sin.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  In this way, it came about that the two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the divine and the human, were inseparably joined together in one Person, yet without mixture.  Thus, the Son of God is now true God and true man, yet one person, the only mediator between God and man.

John 1:1, 14, 18; 5:18; Matt 1:22,23; Rom 1:3,4; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 1:6,8; John 17:3; 1 John 5:20

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the eternal Godhead and that He is not just an influence, but has intellect, emotions and a will of His own.

We believe that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.  He does this by restraining sin in the world and convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; He regenerates those who will believe in Christ, indwells them and seals them unto the day of redemption, and gives every believer a special gift or ability for service for the common good of all believers.  He fills all those believers who are yielded to God.

John 3:8, 14:16, 15:26-27, 16:7-15; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 6:19, 12:4-13; Eph 4:30, 5:1

Man

We believe that man, as he came from the hand of God, his creator, was upright and perfect, made in the image and likeness of God.  Because of the disobedience of Adam, mankind fell into sin, making all men sinners.  All men are born dead in sin, totally depraved in all parts and faculties of both soul and body, wholly inclined to all evil, and are rendered opposite to all that is good in the eyes of God.  All men are therefore unable and unwilling to repent before God, and apart from His grace, are subject to God’s anger and eternal wrath.

Gen 1:27, 9:6; Rom 3:23, 5:12; Eph 2:1

Salvation

We believe that since man, by reason of his fall into sin, brought himself under the curse of God’s law. It pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace, THE GOSPEL, in which He freely offers life and salvation by Jesus Christ to sinners.  It is solely by the grace of God alone, through faith in Christ alone (which is a gift from God), apart from any sacraments, good works or human merit that salvation is possible.  The GOSPEL declares that it is this same Jesus who lived a sinless and perfect life, who died for our sins according to Scripture, who was also buried and who rose again according to Scripture, that redeems the lost and ensures the justification of all those who believe on Him.

Rom 3:23, Eph 1:1-4, 2:8,9; 1 Cor 15:3,4.

Justification

We believe God freely justifies (declares righteous) the persons whom He effectually calls. He does this, not by infusing them with a righteousness of their own, but by imputing to them the righteousness of Christ, pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting them, as righteous.  He does this solely on the basis of Christ’s atoning work on the cross, and for Christ’s sake alone, not for anything wrought in them or done by them.  As a result of their justification, they have peace with God forever.

Rom 1:17, 5:1, 8:1, 28-30.

Sanctification

We believe that those who have put their faith in Christ, are effectually called, regenerated, and have a new heart and a new spirit created in them; His Word and Spirit dwells within them resulting in the Church of Jesus Christ being spotless and blameless before God.  All these blessings accrue to them by reason of the merits of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Sin’s mastery over them is completely broken; the evil desires to which it gives birth are increasingly weakened and dealt their death-blow; and saving graces in them are increasingly enlivened and strengthened.

John 17:17; Acts 20:32; Rom 6:5,6,14; 2 Cor 7:1; Gal 5:24; Eph 3:16-19; Col 1:11; 1 Thess 5:21-23; Heb 12:14; Eph 5:27; Gal 2:20.

Glorification

We believe that on the last day, saints who are alive on the earth will not die, but will be changed.  All the dead will be raised up with their same bodies, although imperishable.  By His Spirit, Christ will raise the bodies of the righteous to honor. They will be refashioned after the pattern of His own glorious resurrected body, and all believers will live eternally with Christ in this glorified state.

1 Cor 15:42, 43, 51, 52;  1 Thess 4:17.

The Church

We believe that the Church consists of all believers, of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, who are gathered into one, under Christ who is the Church’s head.  The Church exists in two aspects, a catholic or universal church and a local church.  The mission of the universal church is to be a witness for Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel and making disciples to all the nations.  The local church is a group of believers that come together to worship God with praise and thanksgiving and the local church glorifies Jesus Christ by discipling others.

We believe that a New Testament Church is exemplified by expositional preaching, by the proper use of church discipline; with the twofold purpose of restoring fallen brethren to fellowship and adhering to Scriptural standards of corporate holiness, and by the proper administration and practice of the sacraments; the Lord’s Supper and baptism by immersion.

Eph 1:22,23; 5:23; Rev 7:9;  Acts 1:8; Matt 28:19,20;

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