What do we believe about...

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

We believe that God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - three Persons, yet one God.

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God.  He was born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. We believe that God manifested Himself in the flesh, in the Person of Jesus Christ, who is both the Son of God and the Son of man. We believe that He lived a perfect, sinless life on this earth, died on the Cross, and rose again three days later.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

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 He reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; and that He indwells, comforts, seals, fills, guides, teaches, sanctifies, helps and assures the Believer; that He intercedes for the believer, reveals the Scripture to him, and endues him with power.

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (v.26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:16-17, 26 (KJV)

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of God's grace.  There is nothing that man can do to save himself.  Jesus freely took upon Himself our sin on the cross, and by His death made a full atonement for the sins of the world.  He rose again after three days conquering death and now offers eternal life to all who will put their faith in Him for salvation from sin.  Salvation is a free gift from God, and like any gift it can either be accepted or rejected.  Acceptance of this gift results in the forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:17-18 (KJV)

We believe that all who accept God's gift of eternal life are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 6:45 (KJV)

We believe that a local church is a congregation of biblically baptized believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel and that it is a self-governed independent body having Christ as the Head, the Holy Spirit for its Guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and disciple them in all that He taught so that they might grow in the faith and continue the Great Commission.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Romans 12:4-5 (KJV)

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)