Our Beliefs

Who is God?

We believe in one God, who is the creator of everything and exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is truly God and man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary.  He came in the form of a human and lived without sin.  He chose to give Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world by dying on a cross. This sacrifice is for all who believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Further, He rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven at the right hand of God.

We believe in a sovereign God who has given mankind a free will to accept or reject the gift of salvation.  It is God’s will that all would be saved and that none should be condemned by sin.

The Church

We believe that the universal church is the spiritual body composed of all born-again persons and that is the body and espoused bride of Christ.  The universal Church began on the day of Pentecost and could not have existed until Christ died, for the church must be redeemed by His sacrifice, and it could only be formed by the present ministry of the Spirit in baptizing all members into one body.

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local assemblies is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures and is made up of born-again persons.  Membership in a local assembly has no part in salvation.

Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the communication for he Gospel message both home and throughout the whole world.  There is a promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service.

In accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 and other Scriptures, the Lord’s Supper, or communion, shall be administered in this church.  This ordinance shall be observed at such time designated by the Board of Elders and all born-again believers int he Lord Jesus Christ shall be invited to participate.

Christianity

Although created in God’s image, all of mankind are sinners, fallen through Adam, hopeless apart from God’s grace.

We are saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into salvation; it is a free gift.  Man’s effort, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, does not determine our salvation.  Salvation is the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it.  We in turn live accordingly in regards to the Gospel and example Jesus laid out for us.

Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for salvation.  The moment a person receives Christ as Savior, he is immediately and permanently indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Only those who receive Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and then become the children of God.

Everyone who believes and accepts the gift of grace from God is justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and is safe and secure for eternity.  Believers cannot lose their salvation.  However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father’s chastisement.  Relationship with God is eternal, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience.

It is a part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to endow God’s Children with spiritual gifts.  In accordance with 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14, and other related scriptures, this church emphasizes those gifts that build up the entire church body.  Therefore, during corporate worship, the gift of tongues will be restricted according to scriptures.

Other Beliefs

The scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.  We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God. which joins on demand and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

Baptism is an identification with Christ and the believers, and it is, therefore, an ordinance of this church.  Although baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a public testimony of a believer’s new Life in Christ.  This church encourages all members to be obedient to the Scripture in relation to this ordinance.   this church will baptize any believer who desires it even if he does not choose to become a member of the church.  Our understanding of believer’s baptism is that is is a post-conversion experience by immersion.