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Purpose - The following articles are not meant to be a full and complete doctrinal statements. Rather, they declare essential truths on which we need to agree and be united. There are other issues such as the relationship between man's responsibility and God's sovereignty, the timing of the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are interpreted in a variety of ways and we choose to show liberty in these matters.

Bible - We believe that the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired and inerrant Word. It tells us how to know God in a personal way, how to live a life pleasing to Him, and how to treat our fellow man. The Bible is our final authority in all matters relating to what we believe and how we are to live, both in the church and in our personal lives (John 17:17II Timothy 3:16II Peter 1:20-21).

God - We believe there is but one living and true God who has revealed Himself in three persons (The Trinity): The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is perfect in all His attributes which include His being holy, loving, just, all powerful, all wise, omnipresent and unchanging. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience (Genesis 1:26-2718:25Exodus 3:14Leviticus 19:2Deuteronomy 6:4Daniel 2:20-23Malachi 3:6Matthew 3:16-1728:19Luke 1:37John 8:5810:22-3014:15-21II Corinthians 13:14Hebrews 13:8I John 4:8Revelation 1:821:622:13).

  • God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, was involved in creation, the birth of Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. At Pentecost, He was sent from the Father and the Son to bring glory to Christ and to make Him known. Today, the Holy Spirit convinces the world of its sin and of God's righteousness and for the coming judgment, drawing them to salvation through Jesus Christ. Additionally, He indwells the believer at salvation, baptizing them into the Body of Christ. He becomes our helper, teacher, intercessor, and empowers us to be witnesses for Christ. He bestows spiritual gifts and produces Christian character in the lives of believers so that Christ is glorified through them (Genesis 1:2Matthew 28:18-20John 14:2615:2616:7-15Acts 1:82:1-4Romans 8:26-27I Corinthians 3:1612:13II Corinthians 5:5II Peter 1:20-21).

Creation – We believe the Genesis account of the creation of the world as a literal, historical account of the direct creative acts of the Trinity who created ex nihilo (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth and all life, each after its own kind, and is actively involved in its existence (Genesis 1:1-2:25John 1:1-3Colossians 1:15-17Hebrews 1:311:3

Man – We believe that mankind (male and female) was created in the image of God in order to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and in fellowship and communication with God. Sin entered the world when Adam chose to disobey God, suffering the penalty of broken fellowship and resulting in sin and death passing to all mankind. Thus, all mankind by nature and by choice are sinners and unable of their own selves to reestablish fellowship with God (Genesis 1:26-302:72:15-233:1-24Isaiah 43:7Romans 3:10-125:8-196:23).

Salvation – We believe that salvation is a gift wholly of God given by grace as He draws people to repentance and personal faith in His only Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly paid the price for our sins, once for all, through His shed blood and death on Calvary's cross. Every individual needs to experience a personal conversion in order to establish a relationship with God and receive forgiveness of sins, and eternal life (John 1:123:16Romans 10:9-108:30Ephesians 1:72:8-9Titus 3:5I Peter 1:18-19).


Church – We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the living spiritual body called "The Church". We believe that the local church is a body of baptized believers who have made a covenant to serve and worship God together, obey His teachings, observe the two ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and share the good news of the gospel with all the world. Each church is a totally autonomous body, led by pastors and elders. The New Testament teaches that the pastoral oversight of the local church be shared by a plurality of Elders. The body of Elders is the official oversight body of the church, being made overseers of the flock by the Holy Spirit. The twofold task of the church is to evangelize the unbeliever, and to strengthen the believer, thus bringing glory to God (Matthew 16:18Acts 14:2320:1728Ephesians 5:23Colossians 1:18Titus 1:5).

Baptism – We believe that the Bible teaches that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, which is a public testimony of the believer's new life in Christ through his or her identification with the Lord's death, burial, and resurrection. It is expected that Christians take this step of obedience unless prevented by extenuating circumstances (Luke 23:43Acts 2:4118:8Romans 6:3-5).

Lord's Supper – We believe that the Lord's Supper was foreshadowed by thousands of years by the Passover, through which God painted a picture to the Jews of the coming Messiah's sacrificial death. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death. The elements of communion are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and serve to remind us of the sacrifice He made and to proclaim the hope of salvation that comes from this sacrifice. We are reminded to enter into the Lord's Supper only after careful examination of the condition of our heart (Matthew 26:26-29Luke 22:15-20I Corinthians 11:23-29).

Culture – We believe that God established civil government. Thus, we are to submit to the civil authorities unless they direct us to disobey God's Word. We believe in a free church, unfettered by governmental intrusion, and in the right of Christians to be involved in the political arena. However, the primary responsibilities of every Christian are to demonstrate the love of God to those in his or her sphere of influence and to act as a preservation force for moral and spiritual values in society (Esther 4:16Daniel 3:12-186:10Matthew 2:12Acts 5:29Romans 13:1-7Colossians 3:23Titus 3:1-2Hebrews 11:23).

Marriage – We believe that God established marriage to be the union of an individual man and an individual woman. Marriage is a reflection of the union of Christ and the Church (Genesis 2:22-25Matthew 19:4-6Ephesians 5:22-23).

Future Things – We believe in the personal, imminent, and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead: the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in Heaven; the unbeliever to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in Hell (Acts 1:11I Corinthians 15:12-28I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11II Thessalonians 1:5-12Titus 2:11-13I John 3:2-3Revelation 20:1-611-15).

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