Doctrinal Statement

The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – these three being identical in essence, equal in power and glory and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfection. *1

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in faith and life. *2

The Condition of Man

We believe that man, male and female, was created in the image and likeness of God in innocence and without sin, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God, and now man in and of himself is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition. We believe that biblical marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman as a picture of the covenant relationship between Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church. *3

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. This redemption He accomplished by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. After substantiating the accomplishment of that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him. *4

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead, and that He baptizes (or places) all believers into the one true Church, the Body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them and fills those who are yielded to Him. *5

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace, freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary, apart from human meritorious work. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. *6

*1 Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
*2 Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
*3 Genesis 1:26; 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-18; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3
*4 Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1,2,14,18; Romans 3:24-26; 8:34
*5 John 3:5-8; John 14:16-17; 16:7-11; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11,13
*6 John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9