The following statement of our faith is little more than a summary. For an in-depth look at what we believe, please read our full confession.
The Bible is God’s Word to all people and the ultimate authority on truth. It was written by imperfect men under the supernatural inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit and is a true and fully accurate account of God’s plan to bring people back into a relationship with him through his Son, Jesus Christ. It is without error.
Psalm 12:6; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:4, 105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Everything exists because of him and is sustained by him. He knows everything, sees everything and is everywhere at the same time. He exists eternally, completely outside the limits of time, and is dependent on nothing and no one. He is perfect in holiness and in love. He has always existed as what is called the Trinity: being one God yet at the same time three Persons who are co-equally God: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Exodus 3:14; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 99:2-3; Psalm 102:12; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Malachi 3:6;Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 5:26; Acts 15:18; Romans 1:32; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 4:13; Hebrews 12:8 1 Peter 1:2, 17; 1 John 4:8,16
The Father is the head of the Trinity. He is the all-powerful Lord over the universe and the flow of history. He is the Heavenly Father of all who are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, yet is also loving and compassionate towards all men. He is faithful to his people and his promises.
Luke 22:42; John 3:16-17; John 1:12; John 5:19; John 10:30, John 17:21; Acts 17:28-29; Ephesians 1:3; James 1:17
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and is therefore fully God. At the same time, he is also fully human. Jesus was born to a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life without sin and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of men through his death on a cross, taking the punishment for sin that people deserved. Three days after his death, he rose from the dead, demonstrating his victory over sin and death. After his resurrection, he appeared to many witnesses before he ascended to heaven. He will return one day as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-20, 25; John 1:1-18; John 5:18; John 10:30; Acts 1:1-11; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 6:14-15
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for a relationship with Jesus Christ. He lives in those who receive Jesus as their Savior from the moment of salvation. He provides the follower of Jesus power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right, and assurance of their relationship with Jesus. He works in the life of a believer to make them more like Jesus and equips them for their role in the advancement of the Church.
John 14:15-17, 26; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18;
God created people in his image and for his pleasure. We were created to have fellowship with God, but the sinful disobedience of the first man, Adam, brought sin and death into the world and all humanity, severing the relationship between God and people. As a result of this sin, all of us are born sinful and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of being “good enough” to regain a right relationship with God through our own efforts.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-22; Isaiah 43:7; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10, 23; Ephesians 2:3
We were created to exist forever, and we believe forever is spent in one of two places: heaven or hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union with God and is the result of his forgiveness and salvation. Hell is the place of eternal separation from God, and is the result of God’s wrath against sin.
Matthew 25:46; John 3:16; John 5:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 9:27;
Since we are sinful by nature, and since God is perfect in his holiness and cannot co-exist with sin, we cannot be saved from hell through good works or self-improvement. But since God is also perfect in his love, he provides a way for us to escape eternity in hell. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin, providing the only way for us to be saved. God offers this salvation to us as a free gift, one that cannot be achieved, only received. Salvation can be received when you, through faith in Jesus’ death as final payment for your sin, submit to Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and believe God raised him from the dead. Eternal life begins at the moment of salvation, so those who have been saved literally cross over from death to life. Salvation is kept and maintained through the grace and power of God, not the self-effort of the Christian.
John 3:16-17; John 5:24; John 10:29; John 14:6; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:3-5
The Christian Life
All those who have been saved should seek to live a life that glorifies Jesus Christ. By obedience to God’s Word and daily submission to the control of the Holy Spirit, every believer should become more mature and grow to be more like Jesus. Followers of Christ should surround themselves with other believers for the purpose of mutual accountability and encouragement. All followers of Christ have a responsibility to participate in the advancement of Jesus’ Church through loving acts of service, and a willingness to share God’s plan of salvation at every opportunity.
Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 2:10; Ephesians 4:12-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:25, Matthew 28:19-20
The Church is not a building or a service, nor is it limited by location or language. The Church is all people in all places at all times who follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe the local church is part of Jesus’ Church, and that the purpose of the Church is to glorify God by loving him and making him known to the rest of the world, and this happens as the church goes to people all over the world and teaches them to follow Jesus. Jesus promises that he will build and sustain his Church through those who follow him no matter what other institutions, empires, or kingdoms rise and fall throughout history.
Matthew 16:13-18; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:19-22
Would you like to dig a little deeper into what we believe? We wholeheartedly agree with the Baptist Confession of 1689.