what we believe

Christ Alone

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

John 14:6


Bible Alone:

See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. 

Deuteronomy 12:32


Grace and Faith Alone:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9


Glory to God Alone:

“You are worthy, our Lord, and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Revelation 4:11


Articles of Faith


We Believe…


-- in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy

Spirit.


-- that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man. That the Lord Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins and rose again, bodily, on the third day, ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, the Father, making him the only mediator between God and humankind.


-- that the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to reveal Christ to all people for the salvation and sanctification of their souls. That He, further, teaches the believers and provides gifts to the believers, equipping Christians to serve Jesus Christ.


-- that the Holy Bible is inspired of God and is of supreme and final authority in faith and life. Written under God’s inspiration, it is universal and without doctrinal error.


-- that all people were created in the image of God. Having a free will, people choose to go their own independent way, thereby sinning, and incurring spiritual death. That salvation is received only through personal faith in Jesus Christ.


-- that life is a gift of God, which begins at conception with its ownership vested in God.


-- that God created man and woman in His own image and for each other in the bonds of marriage. That there must be no attempt to rationalize and promote sexual conduct – heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual – which is outside the scriptural will of God for His children.


-- in the scriptural teaching of the priesthood of believers, that every believer receives salvation and has free access to God the Father at any time for spiritual comfort and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ our Savior.


-- that the New Testament Church is a group of believers committed to Jesus Christ. They come together for worship and fellowship. That by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, they are committed to evangelism, training and discipleship. That they encourage and educate each other in world missions and community concerns.


-- that baptism by immersion is a re-enactment of Romans 6:4, “being buried with Christ in baptism” in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


-- that baptism is an external witness of the believer’s previous experience: death to sin, burial of the old life, and the resurrection to newness of life.


-- that the Lord’s Supper symbolized by the elements representing Christ’s broken body and spilled blood is a remembrance of the Lord’s death until He returns.


-- in the imminent, visible return of Jesus Christ to earth. That He will establish His Kingdom of justice and peace. That He will have dominion and power forever.



Statement of faith

Statement of Faith


We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has created mankind in His own image. Humanity fell into sin, but the Son brings redemption by His death and resurrection, received by faith. Christ gathers His redeemed as the church to be His witness until He returns. As well, we affirm:

About God the Father

--That there is one and only living and true God; He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; Psalm 90:2)


--That God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections; to Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 33:9; Matthew 6:33)


--That God as Father reigns with providential care over His creation; He is all-powerful, all loving, and all wise. (Revelation 19:6; Psalm 8:1-5)

--That God is Father in truth to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ and He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people. (John 1:12-13; Acts 17:24-31; James 1:17)

About Christ the Son

--That He is fully God and fully human; He is uncreated, begotten of the Father, the second Person of the Trinity. (John 1:14; Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9; John 20:24-29)


--That Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-27)

--The He is the Head of the church and the true Lord of creation; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, anticipating the day of resurrection to come. (Ephesians 4:14, Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18-20; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28)


--That the He died on the cross in our place for our sins and rose again, bodily, on the third day, ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God, the Father, the only mediator between God and humankind. (1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:11-14; 1 Timothy 2:5)

About the Holy Spirit

--That the Holy Spirit is fully divine, the third Person of the Trinity. (John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:5-8; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


--That the Holy Spirit’s ministry is to reveal Christ to all people for the salvation and sanctification of their souls and that He, further, guides and teaches believers and provides gifts to the believers, equipping Christians to serve Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17a, 3:5-8; Ephesians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22)


--That the Holy Spirit comes to empower the believer and to enable the believer to live a godly life. (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:1-3; Luke 24:29)

About the Scriptures

--That the Holy Bible is inspired by the Spirit of God and is authoritative and without error, taking precedence over all human impression, authority, or tradition. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)


--- That the Holy Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the believer may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:11)


--That the Holy Bible consists of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, each book testifying to God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. (Revelation 22:18-19)

About Humanity

--That all people were created in the image of God; in His image He created them male and female. (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9)


-- That human life is a gift of God, which begins at conception. All of humanity is gifted with dignity as image bearers of God and are called into community, one with another. (Psalm 139:13-15; Luke 1:39-45)


-- We are created to engage in meaningful, purposeful, and fruitful lives in our relationships, work, and worship. (Genesis 1:28, 2:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13)

--There will be a final resurrection for all mankind, the redeemed and the lost. Those who surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life; the lost to everlasting separation from God. (Daniel 12:2-3; Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29)

About Sin and Salvation

--Humanity chose to go their own independent way, sinning against God, thereby incurring spiritual death. (Genesis 3:6-7; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10)


--Sin’s impact damages all aspects of life: personal, relational, and spiritual. The Scriptures teach that the whole of creation has been subjected to futility by human sin. (Genesis 3:14-19; Romans 8:20; Isaiah 24:5-6)


-- There must be no attempt to rationalize conduct inconsistent with the Scripture’s moral teaching, including its teaching on human sexuality. (Psalm 1; Ephesians 5:11; Revelation 18:4)


--Human sexual expression was designed by God as a gift for men and women to enjoy together within the bonds of marriage. (Genesis 2:20-25; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7)


--God’s solution to human sin is salvation through His Son, which is received through personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Risen Lord. (Romans 6:23; John 1:29; Isaiah 53:4-6)


--Redeemed people are called to live a life reflecting the holy character of God. Empowered by the Spirit, we pursue holiness and strive against sin. (John 14:26; Philippians 2:14-16; Romans 12:2)


--That in Christ, the process of restoring all things has begun; His resurrection is the beginning of that restoration. He continues that process in His people, making His kingdom and will done on earth as it is in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 6:10)

About Spiritual Warfare

--Satan, an angel in rebellion against God is the enemy of God, and the enemy of the believer in Christ. He is not God’s evil counterpart but a created being and the original tempter to rebel against God, that is, to sin. (Genesis 3:1-4; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ephesians 6:12)


--He leads a large body of fallen angels who war against God’s kingdom; these are also known as demons. False religions and deceptive philosophies are under the influence of the demonic. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Jude 4; Matthew 4:1-11)


--Satan and his demons are defeated by the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and will be completely defeated at His second coming. (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:9)

About the Church

--That the Scriptures teach the priesthood of believers, that every believer receives salvation, is called to be a witness and an intercessor, and has free access to God the Father through Jesus Christ our Savior. (1 Peter 2:4-10; Deuteronomy 7:6; Ephesians 2:19-22)


--That the New Testament church is a group of believers committed to Jesus Christ. They are called together for worship, fellowship, teaching, evangelism, and service. (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:25; 2 Timothy 3:14-15)


--That the Spirit has given His gifts to individual believers within the church for the building up of the whole body in faith. (1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:4-5)


--That all the gifts described in Scripture are to be equally esteemed and relied upon. (Romans 12:6-8; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; Romans 12:6)


--That the church fully commits to its role in world missions and community concerns as an expression of obedience to the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Psalm 22:27-28)


--That baptism is a re-enactment of Jesus’ own death, burial and resurrection and is a visual expression of new life in Christ; that baptism is an external witness of the believer’s internal experience: death to sin, burial of the old life, and the resurrection to newness of life. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27)


--That the Lord’s Supper is a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice for us, with the bread signifying His body and the cup His shed blood. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 3:20)

About Jesus’ Return

--That Jesus shall return--visibly and physically--to earth; that He will establish His Kingdom of justice and peace and that He will have dominion and power forever, fulfilling His promise to right all wrongs, heal the nations, and to restore all things. (Hebrews 9:28; Luke 21:25-28; Revelation 21:1-4; Revelation 22:20-21)