Our Doctrinal Beliefs represent a comprehensive summary of the various convictions articulated within the Our Foundational Beliefs and Our Theological Beliefs.
We accept the Bible, in its entirety, as the written and authoritative Word of God. It is the story of a holy God revealing Himself to sinful humanity as The Redeemer and is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. Given by God, the Scriptures are inspired by The Holy Spirit and are inerrant. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be tested by the full council of God as revealed in the Bible. Therefore, the Word of God is the supreme, final, authoritative standard for faith, theology, and life. It is the foundation upon which our local church operates, and basis upon which we are governed.
The Triune God
There is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father, yet each is God. Each is equal in power and glory. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things.
God the Father
God the Father is an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men. He hears and answers prayer. He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is eternal with the Father and the Spirit and He created all things. Jesus is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, worked miracles, taught with authority, and died a substitutionary atoning death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth to reign and be worshipped by all.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit’s main aim is to testify of God the Son as He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He does regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe the biblical gospel. The Holy Spirit indwells and comes upon every believer in Jesus Christ, and functions as their abiding helper to live a Christian life as a teacher, a guide, and provider of dynamic enablement to be a bold and effective witness of the gospel to a lost world.
God created mankind to have fellowship with Him. Man rebelled against God causing that fellowship to be broken and enmity to exist between humanity and their Creator. From that point forward the same sin-nature that was in the first humans is inherent in the rest of humanity. God’s unfolding plan to redeem a sinful people, which has been in place since the beginning, culminated by the Father sending His Son Jesus to live as a man a sinless, perfect life and die a substitutionary death in our place, atoning for our sins and absorbing the wrath of God. Three days after dying a sinner’s death on the cross Jesus resurrected from the dead, showing his claims to be true and His sacrifice accepted. This redemption and forgiveness of sins is available for all who would repent of their sins and put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. As a person believes on Jesus, their broken relationship with God is healed and fellowship is restored. This person’s heart has been changed and they are now filled with the Holy Spirit, so that they would be empowered to live a life of obedience in worship to God. God will one day dwell in the new heaven and new earth with the redeemed from all of history and they will glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.
Ordinances of the Church
Water baptism is intended for those who have professed a belief in the Gospel, have been reconciled to God, and follow Jesus. In obedience to scripture and as a testimony before ones local Church, followers of Jesus should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This act serves as a visual and symbolic demonstration of one’s union with Christ depicting His death and resurrection and symbolizing the death of one’s old life and the birth of new life because of Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, is to be observed corporately in the context of a local church in obedience to scripture by those who follow Jesus. Like Baptism, Communion is a symbol of the breaking of Jesus’ body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf. Communion should be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a reminder of the atoning benefits of Christ’s death on the Cross.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, resurrect all humanity, condemn all who have rejected Him to eternal punishment, and unite all believers to reign forever with God in glory.