Statement of Beliefs

I BELIEVE that there is one living, sovereign, and true God, eternally existing in three Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.

I BELIEVE that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. I believe they are authoritative and sufficient.

I BELIEVE in God The Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He acts in judgment and mercy in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers the prayers of believers; and that He saves from sin and death all who have faith and confess Christ as Lord.

I BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, the incarnate God on earth in flesh, who in His incarnation was conceived by the Holy Spirit. I believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to earth.

I BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit and His work to convict man of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. I believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. I believe God uses the gifts of the Holy Spirit to edify the Church, but believe that the miraculous sign gifts have ceased.

I BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit those whom He calls, who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that the Holy Spirit indwells believers at the moment of their regeneration. There is no second, separate, or subsequent “baptism” of the Holy Spirit.

I BELIEVE in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.

I BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) water baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. I believe in baptism by immersion on the basis of a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and in communion open to all believers.

I BELIEVE in the personal, visible return of Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, and eternal blessing of the righteous, and the endless judgment of all those not rescued by the work of Jesus Christ.

I BELIEVE that God has established the headship of men within marriage and within the Church body. I believe that men and women are of equal value in God’s sight, but that each was created to fulfill unique and specific roles which are laid out in scripture. Women are not to preach, teach or have authority over men in the organized assembly of believers or where men and women come together formally to study scripture under a teacher’s authority. Only men can serve in the office and function of pastor/elder.

I BELIEVE in the 5 Solas of the Reformation:

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.

Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.

Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.