The Authority of Scripture
The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. It is without error and is sufficient in all matters of faith, history, and practice. Scripture never needs outside sources for interpretation and is always clarified within itself.
We believe that God created mankind in His image with the intent that they would serve, worship, and have fellowship with Him. However, mankind forfeited God’s glory by conforming to this world rather than the sovereignty of the Almighty God. Man is helpless and can in no way please God, without salvation from Jesus Christ.
We believe that God sent His Son Jesus to the Earth in human form through virgin birth to save mankind from sin. Jesus lived a sinless life and chose to sacrifice himself on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin. As was prophesied, three days later Jesus rose from the dead in bodily form, made himself known to a number of people then ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned through our own effort. God's word lays out our journey for us. We are to hear His word so that we may believe in Him. Our belief leads us to turn from sin and confess our sins to our God. Upon that confession and turning from sin, we are to be baptized and start a new life with God. That leads us to the final leg of our journey where we remain faithful to our Lord and our Savior until the end.
The Holy Spirit is an active and operative part of God who dwells within every believer. The Holy Spirit comes as a result of Salvation and teaches His children our Father’s will and direction. His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God's righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
In response to receiving the gift of Salvation in accordance to the command of Jesus Christ, believers are to be immersed in water. This action is the obedient response of every believer. Baptism represents the surrendering of the old life and receiving a new life.
The church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with limitless knowledge and sovereign power.