The Church believes that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, also known as the Scriptures or word of God, is inspired by the Holy Spirit without error. It is the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of mankind and our growth and progress in the Christian faith. The Bible will be the sole and final authority of all that we believe and teach.
The Church believes in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present. The Creator is the source of all human life. Every life is, therefore, sacred and of inestimable worth in all its dimensions—including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are, therefore, called to defend, protect and value all human life (Psalm 139). God, furthermore, creates each person as male or female and that these two distinct and complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. As such, God created marriage to be, exclusively, the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur only within that union. Men and women, in Christ, share equal salvation, value, honor and dignity, yet fill differing roles within His church.
The Church believes that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins, according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of God the Father, He is now our High Priest and Mediator.
The Church believes that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, restore the repentant sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service.
The Church believes that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is thereby lost. The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for man’s salvation. Only those, by the grace of God, who receive Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. The New Testament demonstrates that all those who received Jesus Christ did so through faith in Him as the Son of God (and His saving work), confessed their faith with their mouths, repented of their sins and were baptized (immersed) into Christ.
The Church believes that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local Church is governed by a scripturally qualified eldership and has the right under Christ to oversee its own affairs.
The Church believes in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this “blessed hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of every believer.
The Church believes in the bodily resurrection of the dead. Those in Christ will be raised to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord. The unbelievers will be raised to judgment and everlasting condemnation.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired word of God speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of The Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy and discipline, our elders are The Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.