Statement of Faith

q       We believe all Scripture was given by inspiration of God and is therefore the supreme standard by which all conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.  2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

q       We believe in the triune God revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ and reigns with providential care over His universe.  Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.  He was crucified, dead, and buried for our sin and on the third day arose victorious over death and appeared to many witnesses.  He will return in power and glory to establish His kingdom forever.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God who convicts us of sin, draws us to God, dwells within us and empowers us for service.  Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:12; John 4:23-24; John 14:6-26; Acts 1:8; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 1:13-14,20; Colossians 1:13-22

q       We believe God created man/woman in His own image, without sin and having freedom of choice.  By the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered into the world separating all people from God.  By the blood shed of Jesus Christ, salvation is offered freely to all who accept Him as Savior and Lord.  We are now a new creation because of God’s work of regeneration (the new birth).  Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16; Romans 5:12-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:2

q       We believe that the church is the body of Jesus Christ, consisting of all regenerated people of all time, and functions through local assemblies of believers.  The local church is a community of believers with Spirit-given gifts that enable us to minister and to proclaim Christ to one another and to the world.  Matthew 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16

q       We believe in Christian baptism by the immersion of a believer in water.  It is an act of obedience testifying to our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  It symbolizes our death to sin, the burial of our old life, and the resurrection to the new.  Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12

q       We believe The Lord’s Supper or Communion is an act of obedience, whereby we partake of the bread and cup remembering and proclaiming Jesus’ death until he comes again.  Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32

q       We believe that all who are regenerated by God’s Spirit are called to walk humbly with God in a life of service to their fellowmen.  Because God has always been a God of justice, love and mercy, we who call ourselves by His name, should continually be seeking to establish justice and to be people of reconciliation and healing as we proclaim Christ to the world.  Micah 6:8; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21