We are members of an independent, elder-led, deacon-served, congregational Baptist church and believe that the Bible is the final authority for faith and practice. This doctrinal statement serves as a brief overview of our core beliefs.
- The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which contains 66 books in totality, to be the Bible and, in absolute truth, the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:13, John 17:17). We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the original autographs, (II Thessalonians 3:17; II Peter 1:20-21) and the preservation of God's words to every age (Matthew 24:35, 4:4; I Peter 1:24-25; Isaiah 40:8). The Bible is our final authority for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections; and yet, the Godhead is one and indivisible; each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Isaiah 45:21-22; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24, 10:25-33, 14:23-27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, 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 men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished redemption for all His people through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
We believe in Christ's literal and physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Rightoues Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that 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; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and originally free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; by which his descendants inherit a corrupt nature, wholly opposed to God and His law, are under just condemnation, in bondage to sin and Satan, and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; John 6:44, 63, 65; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that the clear message of salvation is repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19). Salvation, in the fullest sense, is regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification (Romans 8:30, 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:21).
We believe that the New Testament Church is a divine institution built and designed by Christ as an organized body of baptized believers covenanted together and claiming to carry out the same gospel once delivered to the saints. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation (Revelation 7:9, 5:9; Ephesians 2:11-22; Jude 3; Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:40-41; Ephesians 4:4-6, 13-14, 3:15-18; John 17:17).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).
Baptism by water is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus (Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; John 4:12; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 16:32-34, 18:8, 10:47-48; Galatians 3:26-28; Romans 6:4).
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby baptized believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine commemorate His death, to confirm the faith, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16,21, 11:23-29)
We believe in the imminent, personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth (1 Thessalonians 5:2; Hebrews 9:28, 10:24-25; Revelation 22:12; Matthew 24:29-31; Titus 2:13; Mark 13:32-33; 1 John 2:18).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the final judgement, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Matthew 13:38-43; John 6:53-54; Romans 2:6-8, 14:10; Acts 24:15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48).