We believe that Adam and Eve were created by the direct act of God and in the image of God with respect to intellect, emotion, and will (Genesis 1:26- 27). We believe that God created Adam andEve in a sinless and upright state but that they willfully committed sin and brought sin and death—physical, spiritual, and the sentence of eternal (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:12; 6:23; Revelation20:15)—upon the entire human race, descended from Adam. We believe all people inherit a sinful nature at the moment of conception, willfully sin individually as fallen creatures, and are separated from God (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10,23; 5:12). Man can do nothing in and of himself to establish a relationship with God.
We believe in the single, substitutionary, sacrifice of the Lord JesusChrist on the cross on the behalf of sinners. We believe that salvation is wholly of divine grace, unattainable by any good works of the sinner on behalf of himself or another; that faith, repentance, and saving grace are gifts given by God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans2:4); and that salvation is received by a sinner when he repents towards God and puts his faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior (I Thessalonians 1:9; Romans 10:9-10). We believe that all who receive Christ as their Savior are born from above, kept by God’s power, and are therefore eternally secure inChrist (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; John 10:28-29; Titus 3:5-7; I John5:11-13). We believe that the basis of salvation is the blood ofChrist (I Peter 1:18-19), and the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of sins (past, present, and future), righteous standing before God, and eternal life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23).
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body,the Church (I Corinthians 12:12,13), the bride of Christ (IICorinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7,8), of whichChrist is the founder (Matthew 16:18) as well as the head(Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18). We believe that theChurch is manifested through local assemblies committed to making mature disciples of Christ for the glory of God (Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 4:11-16).We believe that there are two ordinances committed to the Church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42). Baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36-39, Acts 10:44-48) is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer showing faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior; union with Him in death to sin, and resurrection to new life (Romans 6:1-11). The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (I Corinthians 11:23-32).We believe that the biblically designated officers serving underChrist and over the assembly are elders and deacons who must meet biblical qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter5:1-5). We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the purpose of edifying both their local church body and the body of Christ at large (Ephesians 4:11-12; I Corinthians 12).
We believe that the purpose of the Church is to make mature followers of Christ for His glory. This requires maintaining personal and organizational purity of doctrine and intent. At times, this may also require a separation from people, ministries, and organizations whose actions, attitudes and purposes contradict the clear teaching of Scripture (I Thessalonians 4:7-8, II Corinthians 6:11-7:1; Ephesians 5:7).We believe in personal holiness (I Corinthians 15:33; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 2:11-13) and ecclesiastical holiness (II Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:8-9; II Timothy 2:16-18; Titus 3:10-11; II John 9- 11).Further, we affirm that believers should be set apart for service unto the Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:11, 12; Hebrews 12:1, 2)and that the Christian life demands a continuous pursuit of holiness(Romans 12:1, 2; Titus 2:11-14; I Peter 1:13-15; I John 3:1-10). We believe that every believer, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in a way that glorifies God (I Corinthians 10:31), does not harm their testimony as a believer (Romans 13:14), and does not cause a brother to sin (Romans 14:13; I Corinthians 8:9, 13;Philippians 1:10).We believe the Church bears ultimate responsibility for church discipline. We believe that Scripture provides the purpose and pattern for this pursuit of holiness (Titus 3:9-19, Matthew 18:17-18,1 Corinthians 5:6-8, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15, 1 Timothy 5:20, Galatians 6:1, Romans 16:17).
Last Things (End Times)
We believe that the end of the age is approaching in fulfillment of prophetic Scriptures (I Peter 4:7; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Hebrews1:10-12; Matthew 13:39-40; 24:35; 28:20; I John 1:27; II Peter 3:3-13) and that “last days” events will center around the sudden, visible, personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth (Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Hebrews 9:28; Acts 3:21; IThessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1- 11; Titus 2:11-14; I John 2:28; 3:2-3).We believe the time of His coming is unknown and unknowable but will indeed be in fulfillment of the prophetic Scriptures; We believe in the rapture of living believers and the resurrection of dead believers when the Lord returns in the clouds—at which time both companies will meet the Lord in the air to be with Him forever (IThessalonians 4:13-18); that Christ’s kingdom will conquer all earthly kingdoms and that He will continue to reign on His throne forever (Psalm 8:6; 110:1-2,5-7; Daniel 2:31-44; Matthew 22:44; Acts 2:33-36; I Corinthians 15:24-25; II Thessalonians 1:5-10; Hebrews 10:12-13; Revelation 21:24,26); that Christ will raise the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnation(Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:39,40,44,54; 11:24; Acts 24:14-15; ICorinthians 15:20-26; Philippians 3:10-11,20-21; II Timothy 2:16-18); that every individual will stand before Christ in judgment and give an account of their life (Matthew 12:36-37; 25:31-34,41,46; John 12:48; Romans 14:12; II Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15); and that every individual will dwell forever either in heaven or hell after their physical death and/or resurrection(Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; II Corinthians5:6-8; Revelation 21:1-8).
Marriage, Gender & Sexuality
We believe that God created human beings distinctly as male and female (Gen 1:27). The distinctness, complementarity, and relational nature of the human race as “male and female” is based on the created order given by God when He created humanity “inHis image” (Gen 1:26-27; 5:1-3; 9:6; 1 Cor 11:7; Jam 3:9; 2 Cor3:18; Eph 4:23-24; Col 3:10), and these establish a normative connection between biological sex and gender. The created distinctness, complementarity and relational nature also establish the basis for the marital relationship as being between one man and one woman (Gen 2:23-24; Eph 5:21-33).The Bible affirms two options or giftings for sexual expression:monogamous marital relations between one man and one woman(Gen 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Mt 19:4-6; Mk 10:5-8; 1 Cor 7:7; Heb13:4; Eph 5:22), or sexual celibacy, if one is not in a monogamous marital relationship between one man and one woman (1 Cor 7:7; Mt 19:12). Within these two Biblical designs, there can be found sexual fulfillment, whereas outside these two designs sexual expression is improper.The Bible affirms that human sexuality is a gift to be treasured and enjoyed (Gen 2:24; Prov 5:19, 31:10; 1 Cor 7:4), as is sexual celibacy (1 Cor 7:7). The fall of humanity (Gen 3) corrupted human sexuality in both spiritual and physical ways (Rom 1:18-32, Eph2:1-10), and one result is confusion and pain in the lives of those who struggle with brokenness regarding gender, and who struggle with the guilt of desiring sinful expressions of sexuality (Gen 3:1-7; Rom 3:9-18; 5:12-17). The Bible prescribes faith in Jesus Christ (1Cor 15:2-3) as the remedy for guilt and as the provision for life(Rom 3:23, 6:23; Jn 3:16), and the Bible prescribes an ongoing relationship with Him as the means for a whole and fulfilling life (Jn15:1-11, 17:3; Col 3:16; Gal 5:16-25; Rom 8:28-38).