Statement of Faith

God

We believe in the one true God, the source and sustainer of all life, who eternally exists in three persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. He is the maker, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things, having decreed all things from eternity past to be subject to His perfect will and pleasure.

Genesis 1:1; Genesis 2:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 47:2,8; Jeremiah 10:10; Daniel 4:35; Matthew 28:18-19; 2 Corinthians 13:13-14; Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11.

Scripture

We believe God has revealed Himself to all mankind in the things that have been made. Beginning with creation and culminating in Jesus Christ, God has also revealed Himself in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which alone are divinely inspired, inerrant, and infallible. The Bible is the supreme authority in matters of faith and conduct.

Psalm 19:1-11; John 17:17; Romans 1:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Hebrews 1:1-2.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, and in His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and propitiatory death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His present mediation in heaven, and His future personal return in power and glory. We believe that His substitutionary atonement secures salvation, having canceled the record of debt that stood against sinners with its legal demands. We believe that Christ alone, in His person and work, is the means of reconciling sinners to God.

Isaiah 53:4-6; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1,14; John 11:38-44; Acts 1:9-10; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:15; Colossians 2:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 7:25-27.

Humanity

We believe God created the heavens and the earth. Mankind is God’s pinnacle act of creation, having been created in His own image. We believe Adam and Eve to be our first parents. When deceived by the serpent, they sinned against God and alienated humanity from the Creator and creation. We believe sin to be an offense against God, exchanging the glory of the immortal God for the glory of mortal man. We believe that Adam’s sin was imputed to all mankind. In light of God’s holiness, we believe that man’s sinfulness renders every person incapable of coming to God on his or her own apart from the effectual work of God.

Genesis 1:1-3:24; Psalm 8:3-8; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 1:21-23; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:21-22.

Salvation

Despite the wickedness of man, we believe God lovingly saves all people who repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ. By His obedient life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection, Jesus Christ delivers, adopts, forgives, justifies, purifies, and sanctifies sinners for salvation. We believe that faith alone is the instrument by which the ungodly are justified and forgiven. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells the people of God forever, enabling them to live holy and transformed lives in this world.

Mark 1:15; John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 6:1-11; Romans 8:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:9; 1 John 5:1.

Church

We believe the church is the covenant people of God shown through both the Old and New Testaments and extending into the New Heavens and New Earth. We believe the church is set apart from the world by confession of the gospel and dramatization of the gospel in the forms of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the local church gathers regularly for worship as displayed through the ordinances, prayer, song, fellowship, and preaching. We believe its members are called to lives of personal holiness, discipleship, and gospel witness, having been empowered by the Holy Spirit. We believe the church’s mission is the Great Commission, given to her by the Lord Jesus Himself.

Matthew 5:16; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19; Luke 9:23-26; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Hebrews 10:19-25; 1 Peter 1:15; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:11.

Last Things

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, resurrect all humanity, consign all who have rejected Him to eternal punishment, and unite all who have received Him to reign forever with God in glory.

Matthew 24:29-31; Matthew 25:31-46; John 1:12; John 5:25-29; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 19:11; Revelation 21:8.