Our Beliefs

We believe in one God.

We believe in the one triune God with three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is commonly referred to as the trinity. All three persons are equal, have been around since before time began, were responsible for creation, and are still alive and active today.
(Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1,4,8,9; John 1:1; 14:9; Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-20; II Peter 1:21; II Corinthians 13:14; I Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:3-6)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our one and only Savior. 

1. He was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 
2. He lived a sinless life.
3. He suffered and was crucified.
4. He died and was buried, and he rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. 
5. He ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
6. He will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.
(John 1:14; I John 4:9; John 3:16; I Peter 3:18; I Timothy 1:15,Matthew 1:18,20-21; 21:11; John 19:19; Luke 1:26-38; Colossians 2:9,1 Peter 1:18-19,Luke 32:1-46, Luke 23:44-24:8; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8,Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1, Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; I Peter 4:5)

We believe in the Holy Spirit.

1. He is an active participant in the trinity. 
2. He dwells in every Christian.
(John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; I Peter 1:12, Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; II Timothy 1:14)

We believe in the Bible - God’s Word to us.

1. God inspired the Bible as originally written and used men to write down His words as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 
2. The Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
3. The Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without the hope of everlasting life apart from Jesus Christ.
4. The Bible teaches that salvation, the forgiveness of sins, can only be obtained through the gift of God’s grace and the redemptive act of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.
5. The Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace and forgiveness through believing in Him, repenting of sin, confessing Jesus as Lord and being baptized.
(I Peter 1:20-21; Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-16; II Timothy 3:14-16; Acts 1:16; I Peter 1:10-12, Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 40:8; II Timothy 3:14-16, Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23,  Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7, Romans 5:1-2; II Peter 3:9; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30-31; Matthew 10:32-33; Philippians 2:11; Romans 10:9; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; I Peter 3:21; Acts 16:29-33; Acts 22:16)

We believe in the Church.

The Church was founded by Jesus Christ and began after Jesus’ ascension to Heaven and consists of Christians everywhere.
(Acts 2:14-47; Matthew 16:13-18)

We trust church leadership.

We believe that the Bible teaches that the elders chosen within a congregation are to exercise oversight and leadership within that local body of believers. 
(Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:1)

Baptism

 

What is baptism?

The word baptism comes from the original Greek word baptizo found in the New Testament, meaning "to immerse".  Therefore, we practice baptism of immersion in water to illustrate our commitment to put our selfish ways to death, burying them in the water, and being raised out of the water to live a new life for God and His kingdom.

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus not only set the example, but he also commanded it.
"At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river."  Mark 1:9
Jesus said, "Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.   Matthew 28:19-20

Who should be baptized?

Every person who believes Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
"...many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized."  Acts 8:18