Learn more about what we believe about:
- The Word of God
- The Trinity
- God the Father
- Jesus Christ
- The Holy Spirit
- The Church
- Christian Conduct
- The Ordinances
- Religious Liberty
- The Last Things
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith, and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20–21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31–32, 20:31; Acts 20:32
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1, 3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19; Ephesians 4:5–6
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21–22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1–2, 2:5–6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and physical bodily return to earth.
Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:26–38; John 1:1, 20:28; Romans 9:5, 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21–23; John 20:30–31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6–8, 6:9–10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and through the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
John 14:16–17, 26, 15:26–27, 16:9–14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22–26
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which brought separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and as a result are also sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation.
We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation, and receive eternal life. We believe that those who trust in the merits of Christ’s atoning work alone are declared justified in God’s sight and are credited with a righteousness which they do not in themselves possess.
Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 3:19, 5:2; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14, 5:24, 5:30, 7:13, 8:12, 10:26; Romans 8:1, 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3, 20, 20:10,14:15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19, 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16, 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Ephesians 2:19–22; Acts 1:8, 2:42; Hebrews 10:23–25
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1–3; Hebrews 12:1–2; John 14:15, 23–24; I John 2:3–6; II Corinthians 9:6–9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9–10
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 6:3–5; I Corinthians 11:23–26
We believe that every human being has a direct relationship with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7–9, 12
The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7–10; Revelation 20:4–6, 11–15