Church Doctrinal Statement
1. We believe that the Bible is God's Word, that it was written by man, divinely inspired, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:12)
2. We believe in the Triune God.
A. God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Gen. 1:1; Matt. 6:9; Heb. 11:6; John 2:1-11, 4:1-28, 5:1-14, 16:23-24; Romans 1:16, 10:9-13)
B. We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, miraculous in His birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the people in His Death. Christ, who died on the cross and resurrected from the grave after three days and ascended into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people, and will one day return to the world according to His promise.
(John 3:16, 20:1-29; Luke 1:26-35, 24:1-45, 21:25-27; Matt. 1:23, 28:1-10, 25:31; Heb. 7:25, Romans 5:8-11; Titus 2:13; Rev. 20:4-6)
C. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit, at the time of conversion, baptizes the believers into the body of Christ, and imparts to believer various spiritual gifts in which to serve as a member of the body of Christ.
(John 14:16-26, 16:7-15; Acts 10:44-47, 19:1-7; Romans 8:9, 12:4-8; Eph. 1:13-14, I Corinthians 12:4-31)
3. We believe certain miraculous sign gifts were temporary in nature (I Corinthians 13:8), given to authenticate the message of the apostles until the first stage of the church was established and the canon of Scripture was completed; that these gifts are prophecy, miracles, the gift of healing, tongues and their interpretation, discerning of spirits, word of wisdom, and word of knowledge.
We Believe that many other spiritual gifts are permanent and necessary for the edifying of the body of Christ, and for the work of the ministry (I Cor. 12:22; Eph. 4:12-16).
4. We believe that all men, by nature and by choice, are sinners, but that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's presence, and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.
(Rom. 1:18-32, 3:10, 23; Eph. 2:1-3; John 3:16-21, 36; Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43)
5. We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, and that God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, and to enthrone Him as the Lord and Master. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-product of the Gospel.
(Eph. 1:22-23 and 5:1-6, 9; Colossians 1:18-24; I Cor. 12:10-20, 11:23-32 and 6:9-11; Matt. 26:26-29, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:38-46, 9:18, 10:47-48 and 16:33; I Peter 3:31-32 and 4:1-4; Luke 22:14-20, 24:46-47; Romans 6:1; Philippians 4:8-9 and 2:1-8)
6. We Believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.
(Heb. 4:14-16; I Peter 2:9-10; Rev. 1:6; II Cor. 1:24 and 5:10; Rom. 14:12-13; Acts 4:19 and 15)