Statement of Faith
Central to the identity and function of any church is what it believes. We want you to know right up front what we believe about God and about His Word so you can understand what sort of church we are. The information below is taken directly from our official church constitution, so it reflects the formal expression of our faith.
However, please understand that this document does not cover the full scope of our beliefs as a congregation. The ultimate record of what we believe is found in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which we hold to be the Word of God.
The list of doctrinal beliefs which follows is intended to cover the central positions which define us as a church. The Word of God covers the positions which define us as Christians.
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is divinely inspired; that it is the supreme, infallible, inerrant authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, virgin-born, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death; that He arose bodily from the tomb on the third day; that He ascended into Heaven; that He is now at the right hand of God the Father as our only sufficient Mediator and Advocate; and that His return for the saints will be personal, imminent, pretribulational, and premillennial.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that, in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer in accordance with the Scriptures.
We believe that man was created in holiness, in the image of God, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in Christ; that all who are truly saved may be assured of their salvation from the moment they receive Christ as Lord and Savior; and that they are kept eternally by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe, therefore, that those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will rejoice forever in God's presence in Heaven; and those who refuse to accept Christ as Savior and Lord will be forever separated from God in an eternal Hell.
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers who voluntarily associate themselves by covenant for worship, work, and fellowship, and who seek to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful symbol our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation and the Lord's Supper in which the members of the Church, by the use of bread and the cup are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ preceded always by solemn self-examination.
We believe in the reality of Satan who was cast out of Heaven because of pride and rebellion, that he reigns as the prince of the power of the air; that he has already been judged and conquered by the victory wrought by Jesus Christ; and that his final doom is to be cast forever into the Lake of Fire.
We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.
We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith and practice; that each Church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority, and that, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictations or patronage of the other.