The following are summaries of what we believe and teach about the historic, classical Christian doctrines.

Scripture

We believe the whole Bible (Genesis – Malachi, Matthew – Revelation) is God’s divinely inspired revelation of Himself to mankind, clearly explains His plan of salvation for mankind through Jesus Christ, and are the supreme and final authority.

God

We believe in the one true God of the Bible Who eternally exists in 3 distinct yet undivided persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that He is: infinite, loving, merciful, just, gracious, holy, forever the same, all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere, sovereign, and the Creator and sustainer of all things.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the Son, eternally begotten of God the Father. That he is the only mediator between God and man. That he came to earth in human form as the historical Jesus of Nazareth. That he was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect, sinless life, was crucified for the sins of the world, was buried and rose to life again three days later. We believe that he ascended to his throne at the right hand of God the Father, and that He will physically come to earth again to gather his Church, establish his kingdom and execute final judgment against his enemies.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is that member of the godhead who applies the work of Christ’s atoning sacrifice to the individual believer. That he indwells each true believer and is the presence and power of God among his people to fill each believer’s heart with the true love of God and his Christ.

Satan

We believe that Satan, (the Devil or Lucifer), was once the chief among the created angels who then fell irretrievably into sin through pride. That he tempted our first parents (Adam & Eve) to sin by disobeying God; was totally and completely defeated by Jesus Christ at Calvary yet remains the active adversary of all God’s people, the Church. That in the end, he will be cast into a lake of fire (Hell) to suffer its agonies with his demons and followers among men for all eternity.

Man

We believe that mankind is the only one of all God’s creations fitted for fellowship with God. That through the willful disobedience to God of the first man — Adam — the entire human race fell captive to sin and it’s corruption. That since then, every person — with the sole exception of Jesus Christ — is born with a sin nature and an enemy of God.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a pure work of unmerited grace of God alone. That through the Holy Spirit, God calls those he pleases to faith and repentance, forgiveness of their sins, and everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice.

The Church

We believe that the Church (or the Body of Christ) consists of everyone who possess saving faith in Jesus Christ (as explained in Salvation above). That the Church appears in society as individual churches, assemblies, fellowships and congregations gathered together for Biblical worship, instruction in God’s Word and the life of holy service, fellowship and evangelization.

The Sacraments

We believe that Jesus Christ instituted and directly commanded the perpetual practice of only two ordinances by the Church: The Lord’s Supper (Communion), and Water Baptism. Concerning the Lord’s Supper, we deny the doctrine of transubstantiation. Concerning Water Baptism, we affirm it to be that outward sign of the inward work of regeneration and thus is reserved for confessing believers.

End Times

We believe in the imminent, literal and physical return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That when he comes, he will complete his kingdom, render final judgment all humanity, consigning the lost to a literal and eternal torment in the same lake of fire (Hell) into which Satan and his angels were cast. That He will perfect all of the elect and gather them into his unveiled presence for all eternity, destroying and re-creating the heavens and the earth.

Secular Government

We believe that earthly governments, including their authority, were instituted by God and are sustained by him for the purpose of maintaining an orderly society through the enactment and enforcement of laws. That it is the role of the Church and individual Christians to abide under, pray for and cooperate with those governments, as much as is in our power to do so, and as long as they don’t require us to do anything God expressly forbids in his Word, or forbid us to do anything God requires in his Word.

The 5 Solas of the Reformation

Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) is the foundation for faith and practice, and it teaches that we are saved
by grace alone (Sola Gratia), not by our merit,
through faith alone (Sola Fide) and not our effort,
through the saving work of Jesus Christ alone (Solus Christus), not our righteousness,
all to the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria)!
(read more about the Solas …)

Our Confession

We recite this adapted version of what is called “The Apostles’ Creed” every Sunday morning as part of our worship. Just saying these words does not make one a Christian. Only faith in Jesus Christ can do that. Christians past, present, and those in ages yet to come, are united on these central truths:

“I believe in the One true God of the Bible, eternally existing in three persons;

In God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and was buried; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead;

I believe in the Holy Spirit, sent from the Father and the Son, baptizing Believers into Christ Jesus, indwelling and empowering them, and remaining as the very presence of God within, joining us together as the universal Church of Christ;

And I believe in the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.”

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