What We Believe

 The Bible:  We believe the Bible was written by the hands of man who were inspired by God.  God is the author of the Scriptures and therefore they are perfect and inerrant.  The Scriptures are authoritative and are profitable for instruction.  The Bible is God’s revelation to man.

God: We believe there is only one true and living God. God is eternal and has no beginning or end. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the creator and sustainer of all life. He exists as three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

God the Father: We believe the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He rules over and provides for His creation. He is truly a Father to His children. The only way to become His child is through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

God the Son: We believe the son is the second person of the Trinity. Like the Father, He is eternal and has no beginning or end. He came to this world to die for the sins of man. He took on a body of flesh as Jesus Christ. He was born of virgin and had no sin. He died on the cross of Calvary for our sins. He was placed in a tomb, but bodily resurrected on the third day. He ascended back to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will return in the clouds to call out His church. He will return to earth a second time to judge the world and establish His kingdom. Salvation is only through Christ.

God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit convicts men of their sins and shows them a need for salvation. He effects regeneration in the believer. Every believer is baptized by the Spirit at the time of Salvation and is sealed by the Spirit. The Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believer to be used in God’s service. He lives in the heart of the believer.

Man: We believe that man was created in the image of God. The first man, Adam, through his free will chose to sin. Sin thus entered the human race. All men are born with a sin nature. Forgiveness of sin can only come through faith in Jesus Christ.

Salvation: We believe that all men are born in sin.  God offers salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. There is no other form of salvation. Salvation is not obtained by works.  When man accepts Christ as Savior the Holy Spirit causes a regeneration. The believer is justified or declared to be righteous.  The new believer is also sanctified.  This is both instantaneous and continuous.  The believer will be glorified when he reaches heaven.

The Church: We believe the church is the body of Christ. It is also a local congregation. The church operates under the direction of God and His Word. The scriptural offices of the church are the pastor and deacons. The two ordinances observed by the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. It is the duty of the church to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is also the duty of the church to train and disciple believers.

End Times: Christ will come and receive His church at the rapture. The rapture will occur before the tribulation period. This tribulation period will last for seven years. After the tribulation Christ will come and establish his kingdom on earth for a thousand years. The unsaved will be resurrected and judged. The unsaved will spend eternity in hell. The saved will spend eternity with God.