Our Theological Beliefs outline our convictions in areas which are sometimes debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. It should be understood that we will preach, teach, and counsel based upon these convictions.
God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Responsibility
God is omnipotent and sovereign, an attribute we see exercised over and behind all the events that happen in the world. This is a theological distinctive especially pertaining to God’s role in salvation. Salvation belongs to our God. He is the one who elects and predestines according to His foreknowledge. No man comes to Him unless the Father first draws Him. It is God who grants to man repentance. The mystery of salvation also paradoxically shows that man has responsibility. He is accountable for his sin, must repent and receive the atoning work of Christ but this work does not precede the calling and convicting of the Holy Spirit, nor the electing work of the Father.
John 1:12-13; John 3:16; John 6:44; Acts 2:38; Psalm 115:3, 135:6; Ephesians 1:3-14; Romans 8:26-9:23; Philippians 1:29; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 7:10; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:29-30; Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures are a measure of God’s grace to HIs people and are for the edification of the Body, and continue to play a vital role in the Church. These gifts are available today and should be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit and in accordance with the Scriptures.
Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:1-16
The Complementary Role of Men and Women
God has created man and woman in His image. This gives both genders incredible dignity and value. He has also created the genders with differing “complementary” roles. There is equality in worth and distinction in function both in the home and the church. In the church, positions of authority, oversight, and teaching are roles reserved for men including the offices of Elder and Deacon. For every member, both men and women, there are a vast number of places to serve and use one’s gifts to build up the body.
Genesis 1.26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; 14:33-35; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1Timothy 2:8-15; 1 Peter 3:1-7
The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy
We believe that man’s greatest joy is found only in faithful obedience to God and that our enjoyment of Him is one of the chief means by which He is glorified.
Psalm 16:11; 37:4; Matthew 13:44; John 15:11; Philippians 3:8; Hebrews 11:6