WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in full immersion baptism in water as an act of obedience following the accepting of Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and public profession of faith in Him.
Acts 8 (NKJV)
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
37 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
We believe that baptism symbolizes the death (entering the water), the burial (under the water), and the resurrection (rising out of the water) of Jesus Christ. This also represents our death to sin, the burial of our new life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life.
Romans 6 (NKJV)
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
We also believe that the Lord gave us two church ordinances, one of which is baptism. It is therefore necessary to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism prior to church membership and participating in the other ordinance, the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that God has created all of us with an eternal soul that will spend eternity either in heaven with the presence of God or in hell separated from God. The destination of the soul depends on whether or not an individual accepts by faith Christ’s finished work on the cross.
1 John 5 (NKJV)
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Regarding obtaining eternal life, we believe that it is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast).
We believe that all of us are born with a sin nature and that because of that nature we choose to sin (Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God).
Our sin, however, does not change God’s love for us (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)
The price tag for our sin is death, or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death).
The Good News of the Gospel is revealed in that God sent Jesus Christ to take our place as a free gift, to be our substitution and take our punishment by dying on the cross (Romans 6:23b … but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord).
We believe that to receive this free gift, one must acknowledge that they are a sinner, and by repentance and faith turn to God as the only possible source of salvation (Romans 10:9,13 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved).
THE LORD'S SUPPER- COMMUNION
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the second of the two ordinances given to the church. It is an opportunity to remember Christ’s sacrificial death through the partaking of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine. The bread represents the body of the Lord which was broken for us and the fruit of the vine represents the blood of Jesus which was shed for us.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
In order to share in the Lord’s Supper one must be saved and baptized. This ordinance is a memorial that the church will observe until the second coming of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, and that all areas of our life should be guided by the truth contained therein. We believe that God has preserved His Word for us, and is the ultimate standard that all of our decisions, judgments and conduct should be tested against.
The word “inspired” means that we believe that God literally breathed the Holy Scriptures into the human authors.
2 Peter 1 (NKJV)
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3 (NKJV)
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The word “infallible” means that we believe that God’s Word is perfect, without flaw.
Psalms 19 (NKJV)
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple…
The word “inerrant” means that we believe that God’s Word is without error.
Psalms 12 (NKJV)
6 The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
2 Peter 1 (NKJV)
19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Psalms 119 (NKJV)
89 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
We believe that God exists as a triune God, three distinct persons functioning as the Godhead.
Matthew 3 (NKJV)
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Matthew 28 (NKJV)
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
2 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
We believe that all parts of the trinity are involved in salvation.
Titus 3 (NKJV)
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,