what we believe

We believe the Bible is the only inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We believe there is only one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10-11, Mark 12:29, Philippians 2:6-11, 1 John 5:7)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18; 26:63-64, Luke 21:27; 24:46-47, John1:1, 14, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 1 Timothy 3:16, Revelation 1:7)

We believe man was originally created good and upright in the image and likeness of God. He fell through voluntary disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death and that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-7, John 3:3, Romans 5:12-21; 10:9-10;13, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (John 3:36, Acts 2:21, 4:12, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Ephesians 1:7)

 We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to personal salvation. (John 6:65, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

 We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to believers who ask for it. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. The Holy Spirit in a person’s life is evidenced by changes in his life, including a renewed love for God and people, an intensified consecration to God, a dedication to His work, a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost, and holy living. The spirit filled believer has the capability of speaking with new tongues whether or not he or she chooses to exercise this gifting. (Joel 2:28-29, Matthew 3:11, John 14:15-18, Acts 2:1-4; 38)

We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth and with it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:29, John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 1 Peter 4:10)

We believe that divine healing is available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Psalm 103:2-3, Isaiah 53:4-5, James 5:13-16, 1 Peter 2:24)

We believe the church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of peoples, and is indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and her great commission on earth. Making disciples is mandated to all believers as stated in The Great Commission for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. (Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:12-13;16)

We believe A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.

We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God (John 4:23,24), (3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16), and (4) Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27).

We believe in the resurrection and final judgment of the saved and the lost, the saved, resurrected to everlasting life and the lost, resurrected to everlasting damnation. (Matthew 25,46, John 5:28-29, 6:44, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:50, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 20:11-15) 

We believe that marriage is God ordained and is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and His Church (Genesis 2:22-24, Mathew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:23-30) 

 We believe in, and practice two ordinances:

(1) Water Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. (Matthew 28:19)

(2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. (Matthew 26:26-30, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26)