Doctrinal Statement

GOD  There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existent (John 1:1-3), creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1). He exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function (John 15:26, Matthew 3:16-17).

JESUS CHRIST is fully God (John 10:30) who took on flesh through a virgin birth (Matthew 1:22- 23) and dwelt on the earth (John 1:14). He was perfectly sinless (Hebrews 4:15). He died on a cross as a substitute for our sins (John 19:33), was  buried, and physically rose from the dead (Luke 24:3-6), and ascended to live eternally with the Father (Acts 1:10-11).

MAN is the direct creation of God and made in His image (Genesis 1:26). Every member of the human race is sinful by nature from birth (Romans 5:12, I Corinthians 15:22). Every member of the human race has sinned before God (Romans 3:23). Because of sin, every member of the human race is lost without Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:6,Proverbs 14:12, John 3:36).

SALVATION The death of Jesus Christ ALONE paid the price for salvation (Romans 5:6-8, Isaiah 53:5). Salvation is attained through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:3-6). Repentance (turning away) from sin is essential for salvation (Acts 2:38, Acts 26:20, Luke 13:3, II Corinthians 7:10). Evidence of salvation is  confirmed, but not obtained, by:

• Good works (Matthew 7:17, Galatians 5:22-24).

• Water Baptism by immersion (Colossians 2:12, Romans 6:1-3).

• Salvation for the believer is secure for eternity (John 10:27-28, Hebrews 7:25, I John 5:13)

HOLY SPIRIT is the third Person of the Trinity, coexistent with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19).The Holy Spirit  indwells a man at the moment of conversion (Acts 10:44, Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is the chief agent of salvation and holiness in the life of the believer (Romans 15:16). The work of the Holy Spirit is manifest by fruit (Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 2:10) in cooperation with the believer’s yielding (Galatians 5:16, Ephesians 5:18). The Holy Spirit endows each believer with a special gift to minister to the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:7, 11; I Peter 4:10-11). The Holy Spirit can be quenched (I Thessalonians 5:19) and grieved (Ephesians 4:30-32) by a believer.
THE BIBLE both Old and New Testaments, though written by men, is verbally (word for word) inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16) and inerrant in its original writings. All the words of the Bible are the final, complete, written, and true revelation of God (Revelation 22:18-19). The Bible is sufficient to meet all the needs of all believers (2 Timothy 3:17, Psalm 19:7-14). The Bible is understood through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). The meaning of the Bible is  determined by the historical, grammatical, and literary use of the author’s language, comparing scripture with scripture (2 Timothy 2:15).

THE CHURCH is a local assembly of baptized believers (Hebrews 10:25). The church is organized to carry out the mission to evangelize and teach every person (Matthew 28:19), and to carry out the ordinances of the Lord’s supper and believer’s baptism (Acts 2:42- 47). The supreme Head of the church is Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18). The local church is governed by mature, godly men, also know as elders and deacons (Titus 1:5- 9, I Timothy 3:1-13). The church is self-supporting by the sacrificial giving of her members (I Corinthians 16:1-2).

SECOND COMING We believe in the literal, visible (Revelation 1:7), personal, and soon return of Jesus Christ for His Church (Revelation 22:12), at which time He will transform our bodies, whether dead or alive, into a body suited for heaven. (Philippians 3:20-21).