Our Beliefs
THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and
conduct. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13;
Hebrews 4:12

THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons:
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. These are equal in every divine perfection and that
they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence,
and redemption. Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:
19; Isaiah 43:10-11.

GOD, THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness,
wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the
affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and
death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Isaiah 48:12; Ps. 95:3,6; Is. 40:21-
26; Ps. 139:1-12; Jn. 7:37,38.

JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles,
vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection,
ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return for His
church and with His church in power and glory. Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:8;
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20; Romans 3:25; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15; I
Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 20:31.

THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. In the
present age He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness, He bears
witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, He is the agent in
the new birth, indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the
body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, and every believer is
commanded by God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and He bestows gifts as He
wills. Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 5:18-20; I
Corinthians 3:16-17.

SALVATION
We believe in the depravity of man, that all men are sinners by nature and by
choice and are therefore in need of salvation, divine redemption through personal
regeneration. We believe that those who repent of their sins and believe in Jesus
Christ as Savior are "saved", "regenerated" by the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:47-48.

SANCTIFICATION
We believe that all believers are indwelt with the person of the Holy Spirit at the
time of regeneration, given every spiritual blessing, all things pertaining to life and
godliness, and empowered with the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit , drawing
upon the resources available through the resurrected Christ, to the end that our
lives increasingly manifest the very life, character, and power of Christ. Acts 2:38,
II Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 2:1-6, II Corinthians 3:16, Romans 12:1-3,
Galatians 2:20.

DIVINE HEALING
We believe God can bring deliverance to the sick and afflicted and that it is the
privilege of all believers to pray for His healing virtue. Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-
17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14; Isaiah 5:14.

THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the
Head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church,
consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ who have a credible
profession of faith, and have associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We
believe that the calling of the church is to be the very presence of Christ in the
midst of the world, standing as a testimony of His life and character. We believe
that the testimony of Christ’s life is seen most fully in the corporate expression of
His life that is the church, and that when God calls people unto life with Himself He
necessarily calls them into fellowship with other believers as well. Ephesians 1:22-
23; Ephesians 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14.

THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local
church: water baptism and the Lord's supper. We believe that Christian baptism is
the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe
that baptism signifies and symbolizes Christian life begun. We believe that the
Lord's supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and
signifies Christian life continued. We believe that these two ordinances should be
observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:
19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4.

THE LAST THINGS
We believe the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal
blessedness of those made righteous in and through Christ, and the endless
suffering of the wicked. Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelations
20:5-15.

ATTITUDE
Considering the many denominational backgrounds of our community church, we
wish to stress the importance of the main fundamental doctrines as being
absolutely necessary and to be understanding in minor differences that so often
are merely differences in terminology or custom. "In essentials, Unity; in
nonessentials, Liberty; in all things, Charity!"