What We Believe


THE SCRIPTURES

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

We believe the entire Bible, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. 



FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT

Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31

We believe that there is only one true, sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. He exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each having a distinct function but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection, and attributes.

 


MANKIND & SIN

Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23

We believe that in the beginning God created mankind in His image. We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind.  Therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live completely for the glory of God of their own accord.

SALVATION

Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:28-30; 10:9-10

We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God’s grace apart from human works. Salvation is received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. 



ETERNAL SECURITY

John 10:29-30;  Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 5:11-13

We believe that once God gave us eternal life through Jesus Christ, we can be secure in that salvation forever. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the efforts of the believer.



HEAVEN & HELL

John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15 

We believe that mankind was created to exist forever.  Everyone will either eternally exist separated from God by sin, or exist forever in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell, while to be eternally with God is Heaven.   We believe Heaven and Hell are indeed real places.



EVANGELISM

Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8

We believe that it is the mandate and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make disciples.


BAPTISM & THE LORD'S SUPPER

Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

We believe Jesus instructed his followers to remember his death and resurrection through Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Neither of these ordinances are necessary to be saved.  However, they are practiced in obedience to and in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism by immersion is a one-time outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith. The Lord's Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death, burial, resurrection and promised return.



THE CHURCH

Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14

We believe that the church is the body of Jesus Christ and the family of God. It is made up of saved and baptized believers, who regularly join together on the Lord's Day for worship, fellowship and ministry.  As Baptists, we believe strongly in the autonomy of the local church.  In other words, we believe that no other church or ecclesiastical organization has authority over a local church.  While Baptist churches fellowship through associations, such associations only exist through voluntary cooperation.  Like other Baptist churches, our church is ultimately governed by our own congregation under the lordship of Jesus Christ.