What We Believe

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13).

The Godhead
We believe that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:6), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.

The Person and Work of God the Father
We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own free will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass according to His own purpose and grace (1 Corinthians 8:6). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in providence, redemption and all of creation (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36). In His sovereignty He is neither the author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; James 1:13; 1 John 2:16). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:9) and was not determined by or conditioned upon any act foreseen in man (Romans 9:11, 16, 18). He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him and therefore becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17; 8:29-30; Galatians 4:5-7; Hebrews 12:5-9; 1 John 3:1).

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:31-35). In His pre-incarnate glory God the Son is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (John 1:1–3; Colossians 1:15–20). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption as He was declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe Christ’s redeeming work was intended to save the elect only and actually secured salvation for them (John 10:14,15; Ephesians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians1:13-14). Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created free of sin in the image and likeness of God. God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this, accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11). Through Adam’s sin man fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; 1 Kings 8:46; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12). Therefore, man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (John 6:44; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-9, 12; Colossians 2:13; 1 John 1:8-10).

We believe that salvation is the gift of God, wholly of His grace and not on the basis of human merit or works but through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John 3:36; Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1-3; 2:8-10; 1 John 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Additionally, we believe man has the responsibility to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17).

We believe that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

We believe that every believer is sanctified or set apart unto God by justification and is, therefore, declared to be holy and is, therefore, identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2). We believe that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23; Hebrews 12:14).

Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that God will complete the work He has begun in each believer. If someone is truly regenerate, then he will not fall away from salvation (Romans 8:29-31). The basis for this is God’s faithfulness, not the faithfulness of the believer (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are, thus, secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5). 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 clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:12-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-14).

We believe that God has ordained various governments among men. The three basic governments are civil government (Romans 13:1-7), church government (Ephesians 2:19-22; Hebrews 13:7,17; Matthew 18:15-17), and family government (Ephesians 5:22-6:4). All of these governments are dependent on the grace of God working in individuals to bring about self-government. We deny that the authority of these governments should be set against one another. God has ordained the realm of each and assigned to them differing responsibilities within their separate jurisdictions. We believe that Christian parents have the responsibility before God to provide their children with a godly understanding of the world in which they are growing up. To this end, Christian education, however administered, is essential (Deuteronomy 6:1-6). We deny that the civil government or the church government has the duty or obligation to rear or educate our children. That authority has been given to the parents, with ultimate accountability having been assigned to the father (Ephesians 6:4).

Additionally, we subscribe to:

The Nicene Creed (~325 A.D.)

The Apostle’s Creed (~390 A.D.)

The Definition of Chalcedon (~451 A.D.)

Chapters I and II of the Westminster Confession of Faith