ESSENTIAL BELIEFS

In essential beliefs we are resolute in our biblical conviction. In non-essentials we practice liberty and love. (Rom. 14:1,4,12,22; 1 Cor. 13:2)

God is our Creator and Lord.

We believe in the God of the Bible who eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God.  He created all things by his will and upholds all things by His powerful word.   

Jesus is the Son of God.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the manifestation of God in the flesh. We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe Him to be both true God and true man.

The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian from salvation.

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.

The Bible is God’s Word to Us.

We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation to man.  It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian belief and behavior.  It is inspired of God and therefore is absolute truth without error.

People are the supreme object of God’s creation.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but by voluntary sin his entire character was corrupted, and therefore all mankind are now sinners. We believe that without exception every man is totally corrupt and needs a Savior in order to restore a relationship with God.

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.

We believe that man is corrupt and can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

People will exist eternally with or without God.

We believe people were created to exist forever.  Even after death, every person will be resurrected and will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

The Church is the visible gathering of all those who are following Christ.

We believe that all who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, become part of His body, the universal church. Wherever believers in Jesus Christ gather for worship, teaching of the Word of God, and fellowship, under the authority of pastors and elders, this is an expression of the local church.