What We Believe
The Bible is God’s Holy Word, God’s revelation of Himself to man written by men who were divinely inspired by God. It is a perfect treasure of divine truth and instruction, preserved by God without error and is totally true and trustworthy.
There is only one living and true God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. He is all powerful, all knowing and is worthy of our highest love, reverence and obedience. He reveals Himself in three persons without division of nature, essence or being.
God the Father… provides, loves and disciplines us and He freely offers to us His grace by faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son… Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, fully human and fully divine, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. By His death and resurrection we have forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life.
God the Holy Spirit… He is the promised Comforter who lives within each believer to comfort, convict, guide and direct. He empowers us with spiritual gifts to fulfil the work and the great commission of the church.
Man is a special creation, male and female, made in the image and likeness of God. When created, man was innocent of sin and was given the freedom of choice. By his own free will, man sinned against God and brought sin and death upon all mankind.
Salvation is a free and undeserved gift of God which must be received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way to reconcile man’s broken relationship with God except through salvation in Christ.
The New Testament church of Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The New Testament also speaks of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
Baptism + The Lord's Supper
Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is not a means of salvation. Baptism is the first act of obedience, after salvation, symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior and it’s an outward expression of the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ and a time of remembrance. The bread represents the body of Christ and the cup His blood and is to be observed by His church until Christ returns.
God ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons by marriage, blood, or adoption. Based on biblical principles, we believe marriage is a union between one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both were created in God’s image and likeness.
The Scriptures, when interpreted in their natural, literal sense, reveal divinely determined periods of time, dispensations or rules of life that define man’s responsibilities to God in successive ages. These dispensations are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. The distinctions of dispensationalism:
1. The literal, grammatical, normal interpretation of scripture.
2. A consistent distinction between Israel and the church.
3. A clear distinction between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God.
4. The ultimate plan and purpose of God is His Kingdom and Glory.