Our Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God and receive the New Testament as its rule of faith and practice. "The Baptist Faith and Message" is used in explaining our church position on most doctrinal issues.
In essential beliefs - we have unity.
"For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all." Ephesians 4:4-6 (New Living Translation)
In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty.
"Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. . . . Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. . . . Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. . . . You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right." Romans 14:1,4,12,22 (New Living Translation)
In all our beliefs - we show charity.
"If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love." 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (The Message)
10 Exemplary Core Beliefs -
About God - There is only one living and true God. He is Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the flow of human history. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise.
About Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrated His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to judge all peoples and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
About the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift (or gifts) when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
About the Bible - The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
About Human Beings - People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
About Salvation - Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
About Eternal Security - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the gracious power of God, not the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
About Eternity - People were created to exist forever. We will exist either 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. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
About the Church - The church is the working body of Christ in the world today, and is God’s chosen enduring means of bringing redemptive change to our world and to each human heart. It is composed of all believers of all time in a universal sense, but is experienced practically in the world and each geographical locale through a local body of believers - a local church. Church means "called out ones." In its broader meaning it denotes those called by Christ to be about God’s kingdom business. A church therefore consists of a local identifiable group of baptized believers walking in covenant together.
About Baptism - Baptism is an outward act by a believer demonstrating that he or she is in reality part of the family of God. It is a visible symbolic picture that testifies to an invisible reality. It does not make a person a believer, but rather marks them as a believer. Baptism means immersion into water, and was the regular practice of the New Testament church with those who gave their lives to Christ. It is the first step of obedience for every person who follows Christ.