Beliefs

Beliefs

The local church is a community of believers unified around a common leadership, a common identity, a common belief, a common participation and a common mission. We believe that church membership is important (pdf). Read on for our body’s core beliefs.

Basic Doctrine

Scriptures

We believe the Old and New Testaments are the completed and holy words of God, given by divine inspiration, and are the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. The Bible is trustworthy, sufficient, without error—the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct.
John 16:12-13
I Thessalonians 2:13
II Timothy 3:16-17
II Peter 1:20-21

Godhead

We believe there is only one living and true God. He exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – which are co-eternal in being and nature, co-equal in power and glory, and which contain the same attributes.
Deuteronomy 6:4
Matthew 28:19
Romans 8
I Peter 1:2
Revelation1:5-6

Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the second person in the Godhead. He was born of the virgin Mary and was conceived by the work of the Holy Spirit. He did not cease to be God in His humanity in order to save sinful man.
Matthew 1:21-23
Luke 1:35
John 1:1, 14

We believe that our redemption was purchased by His sinless life, substitutionary death on the cross, and literal physical resurrection from the dead, thereby making our justification sure by His resurrection.
Romans 3:24-25
I Peter 2:24
Ephesians 1:7
I Peter 1:3-5

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is exalted at the right hand of God. He is presently our High Priest and works on our behalf as a Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
Acts 1:9-10
Hebrews 9:24
Romans 8:34
I John 2:1-2

He will one day return again to receive his people unto Himself to live with Him forever.
I Thessalonians 4:16

Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is responsible for convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
John 16:8-11

He is the supernatural agent in regeneration. He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ and will forever indwell and seal them.
I Corinthians 12:12-14

The Holy Spirit is present in every believer and He is at work progressively sanctifying the whole man to be able to live unto righteousness and die unto sin.
Romans 8:9
Ephesians 4:23-24

Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in God’s image. That image however, was marred on account of Adam’s sin. From Adam, man inherited a corrupt nature and was alienated from God. Therefore, man does not have the capability of redeeming his lost condition.
Genesis 1:26-27
Romans 3:22-23; 5:12
Ephesians 1-3,12

Salvation

We believe salvation is an act of God’s grace. He brings it to man as a free gift and man receives it by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus was voluntarily spilt on the cross to pay for the penalty of man’s sin.
Ephesians 2:8-10
John 1:12
Ephesians 1:7
I Peter 1:18-19

Church

We believe that the Church is the one Bride of Christ. She is a spiritual organism, invisible, and universal, and is composed of all those called out of the world by God. Although not perfect, she is visible in the local church or gathering of believers. We believe the New Testament formulated and defined the continual practice of the local church.
Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17
I Timothy 3:1,3

She is responsible to carry out the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for they were appointed by Christ as visible testimonies, signs, and seals of the covenant.
Acts 2:41,42
I Corinthians 11:23-26

We believe the church, corporately and individually, is to be involved in evangelism and discipleship.
Matthew 28:19-20