We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the text of the original manuscripts of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which alone constitute the inerrant and infallible Word of God. We believe the Bible supports using a grammatical, historical method of interpretation in light of the progress of revelation. Thus, we believe that the Bible is the clear, sufficient, and supreme authority for all belief, life, and ministry.
The Triune God
We believe in the tri-unity of the Godhead: one immutable and omnipotent God, omniscient in all things past, present, and future, who eternally exists in three equal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity, virgin birth, perfect humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only means of salvation from sin and the sole mediator between God and man.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, through whose ministry believers today are regenerated. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God created the universe (including mankind). We believe that man was created in the image of God and retains that image after the fall. Therefore, we affirm the dignity of human life and affirm that all people are worth pursuing for the cause of Christ.
We believe that all human beings are totally depraved and guilty before God as a result of the fall of Adam. We commit acts of sin because we are sinners by nature. The consequence of man’s sin is death and eternal separation from God.
We believe that the Triune God saves lost sinners by grace alone through faith in Christ alone. We believe that salvation is demonstrated through good works that are part of a holy life. We believe that every Christian has the joyous responsibility of evangelizing the lost in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission.
Angels, Satan, and Demons
We believe in the personal existence of angels as created spirit beings. God’s holy angels are ministering spirits. Satan and other fallen angels can influence believers, but believers cannot be demon-possessed.
We believe that the universal Church is the body of Christ, comprised of all true believers from
Pentecost until the Rapture. Jesus Christ is the sole head of the Church.
We believe that the local church is an assembly of believers baptized by immersion, led by pastors and served by deacons, independent and congregationally governed, in fellowship with other churches of like faith and order. We believe that the local church is responsible to fulfill the Great Commission. It must observe the ordinances of believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper; foster true fellowship, prayer, and worship; edify and equip believers; and evangelize the world.
We believe that the only biblical mode of baptism is immersion; that baptism is for believers only; that it is a testimony of their identity by faith with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is solely a memorial of Christ’s death.
Christian Life and Liberty
We believe that the Bible directs believers to a life of holiness, requiring separation from worldli- ness and false teaching. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and that we have direct ac- cess to God apart from any mediator except Christ. We respect the God-given capacity of individual soul liberty through which each person will give account for living by the dictates of his own conscience. We believe in the separation of church and state, and that believers must fulfill biblical responsibilities to each.
We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture and bodily resurrection of the Church at Christ’s immi- nent coming. Believers will give account for their works at the Judgment Seat of Christ, which will follow the Rapture. We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of unbelievers after the millennial reign of Christ. We believe in the eternal existence and punishment of all unbelievers in the lake of fire and the eternal existence and blessedness of all believers in the new heavens and earth.