What we believe...

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbal and plenarily inspired Word of God, uniquely inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and therefore the final authority for faith and life. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) 

God

We believe in one God revealed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6), each distinct in office from the other, yet perfectly one. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 14:9,16; John 17:3)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only begotten Son of the Father -- all knowing, all powerful, all present -- complete in Himself, having always existed, ever active in the universe and involved in the lives of all men. Born of a virgin, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, was raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father and coming again as promised. (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 1:23; John 1:14; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:1-2; Hebrews 7:26, 9:18)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit on the earth and in the lives of individuals. We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for every believer, distinct from salvation, with speaking in tongues being the initial accompanying evidence of being baptized and that the gifts of the Spirit are manifested for the purpose of meeting the needs of the people. (Joel 2:28; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49; John 14:16; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:4; Acts 13:1-2; Romans 8:14-16,26-28; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40; 1 Corinthians 24:2,4,5,39)

Salvation and the Forgiveness of Sins

We believe that man was created in the image of God, sinned in Adam and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. We believe that all of us are born sinners in need of a Savior, unable to earn our salvation through doing good works and thereby destined for judgment and eternal separation from God. However, we also believe there is Good News of the Gospel -- that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This abundant, everlasting life with God and the forgiveness of sins is available through Jesus Christ alone and is offered to all who confess their sins and believe and trust in His atoning death on the cross. (Isaiah 53:1-10; Luke 8:6; John 3:16, 10:10; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 John 1:9)

Hell and Eternal Judgment

We believe that hell one who physically dies in his sins, without accepting Jesus Christ, is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel and repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting," used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God in Heaven. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20 

Healing

We believe divine healing was provided to the believer through Christ's finished work on the cross and that it is God's will for us to be healed -- in spirit, soul, and body. Healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and may be administered by the laying on of hands. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 2:24)

Provision and Blessing

We believe it is God's will for believers to prosper and succeed in all areas of life. Purchased by the blood of Jesus, the New Covenant promises blessings and provisions which include spiritual, physical, financial, relational, and emotional wholeness and well being.  We believe God's plan is to bless His people so that they may be a blessing to others by giving to the poor, supporting the advancement of the gospel, and influencing society. (Psalm 1; John 3:3-11; John 10:10; Romans 10:9-10; Isaiah 53:4-5; I Peter 2:24; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Philippians 4:19)   

The Local Church

We believe the local church to be the local assembly of born-again, baptized believers meeting together to share in the worship experience, Bible teaching, consolidation of resources, fellowship and accountability. All other spiritual organizations are justified only in their relationship to it. (Matthew 16:18-20)

Water Baptism

We believe water baptism is for all believers and is to be practiced by immersion. It symbolizes our being buried with Christ unto death of self; and as Christ was raised from the dead, so shall we also walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12)

The Lord's Supper

We believe the Lord's Supper (Communion), using the physical elements of the bread and the fruit of the vine, is to be observed in remembrance of the shed blood and body of Christ, proclaiming His death on the cross for us. (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:17-30; 2 Peter 1:4)

Christ's Second Coming

We believe in the literal, and physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth. (Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15,21,29; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 21:36; John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 3:10, 7:14, 10:11-15; Revelation 19-20, 21:8)

Marriage

We believe that marriage is the first institution ordained by God and is only recognized according to the Scriptures to be a life long union between one woman and one man. We believe that God commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. The good news, however, is that as with all sins, these too can be forgiven through the heartfelt admission of our sins and belief in the shed blood of Christ in His substitutionary death on the cross for us. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5,13; Genesis 26:8-10; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 John 1:9)