Statement of Faith

We believe…

1) That there is only one GOD, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2) That the Bible in its entirety (all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is the inspired word of God, inerrant, and the only infallible and sufficient authority for faith and Christian living.

3) That Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God the Father, is true GOD and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Furthermore, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father. He is now our High Priest and Advocate;

4) That the ministry of the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ, convicts of sin, regenerates the believing sinner, indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for Godly living and service.

5) That humans were created in the image of God but fell into sin and are therefore lost and only through regeneration of the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained;

6) That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God;

7) That water baptism and the Lord’s supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation;

8) That the true Church is composed of all such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head;

9) In the personal, second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;

10) In the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy in heaven with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment in hell.

11) CHRISTIAN UNITY
We believe that, according to the scriptures, in Christ, there is no value difference between males or females, or between races (Galatians 3:28). Christ is our peace and has broken down the dividing walls between us (Ephesians 2:14). Therefore, not only is racial and denominational division wrong (I Cor. 1, 3, 12:12-27), but unity and Godly loving interaction between us is vital for our Christian lives and for our testimony to the world as to the truth of the Gospel (John 17:21-23). While we may never come to full agreement on every theological issue, we feel that to unite we must be in agreement about the main historical Biblical beliefs of Christianity. And in that unity in Christ we achieve great joy, love and power.

12) WORSHIP
Definition of: We define the activity of worship as meaning “to bow down to, to give homage, or to ascribe worth to God.” This is a participatory activity. It is a choice. It is what we will do throughout eternity. It is vital to the life of all Christians and should be accompanied by a lifestyle of worship which involves our lives being offered as “living sacrifices” as described in Romans 12.

Biblical expression of: We believe that singing, clapping, kneeling, bowing, raising hands, rejoicing, shouting and dancing are all Biblically legitimate expressions of worship. We do not believe in coercing anyone into these expressions nor do we think that they imply deeper spirituality. Our desire is to allow freedom for use of all the diverse Biblically based forms of expression in worship by those who desire to do so. At the same time, these expressions should not be self-serving.