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STATEMENT OF FAITH

While we by no intent undervalue or set aside any portion of Scripture, we believe there are certain fundamental truths necessary to sound doctrine.  

 

SCRIPTURE
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the Inspired Word of God,  without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.  (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Mt. 5:17, 18; 2 Pet. 1:3, 4)

 

GOD 
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Deut. 6:4; Jn. 1-3, 6:27; Acts 5:3,4; Mt. 28:19)

 

JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy  Spirit and born of  the Virgin Mary.  He who knew no sin died on the cross a sacrifice for  our sins according to the Scriptures.  Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into  Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.  (Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:18-25;  Lk. 1:26-36;  Col. 2:9;  1 Jn. 5:20;  Mk. 10:45;  Heb. 2:9;  Lk. 24:23-40;  1 Cor. 15;  Acts 1:1-11; 1 Pet. 3:22; 1 Jn. 2:2; Heb. 4:16, 7:25)

 

HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during  this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, to indwell, guide, instruct and  empower the believer for godly living and service.  (Jn. 16:7-14;  Jn. 3:5-7; Titus 3:5;  1 Cor. 6:19; Eph.1:13; Jn.16:13; Rom. 8:26,27; 2 Cor. 3:6)

 

ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth.  At the moment of conversion/ salvation, a believer is regenerated, indwelt, sealed and baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ.  The Holy Spirit is the strength and guide of the believer's life.  The believer is commanded to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit which is yielding to the control of God in our lives.  To be filled with the Holy Spirit is the Biblical prescription for power in serving Christ.  (Jn. 3:5-7; 16:13; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13; Eph. 4:4-6, 5:18)

 

SATAN 
We believe in the existence of the fallen angel known as Satan, originally created perfect, that he fell and drew with him a large number of other angels, and is active in opposition to God and His work; that Satan and his evil angels were defeated in the Cross of Christ and  ultimately will be cast into the lake of fire where they will be punished eternally.   (Is. 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-15; Lk.10:18; Rev. 20:10)

 

MANKIND
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and is therefore lost, and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  (Gen. 1:26, 27, 2:7, 22, 3:1-6; Rom. 3:9-12,23, 5:12,18, 6:23;  Jn. 3:3, 5-7)

 

SALVATION
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, and are saved for eternity.  (Heb. 9:22;     Mt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rom. 3:24, 25; Rom. 5:1,  9, 18; Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Eph. 2:8,9)

 

LORD'S SUPPER AND BAPTISM  
We believe that the Lord's Supper and Water Baptism by immersion are ordinances to be  observed by the church during this present age.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.  (Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 

THE CHURCH  
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head.  (1 Cor. 12:12, 13; Eph. 1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18)

 

MEMBERSHIP
We believe that only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for  membership in the local church.  (Rom. 8:5, 9; 1 Cor. 12:12-27)

 

AUTONOMY OF THE CHURCH 
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs according to the Scriptures.  (Col. 1:18; Eph.1:22, 23; Acts 6:1-7, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy and Titus)

 

RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal, premillenial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.   (Mt. 24:44; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thes. 5:1-8; Titus 2:13; Rev. 19:17-20; 10)

 

RESURRECTION

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.  (Jn. 5:25-29;  Mt. 25:46;  Rev. 20:11-15)

 

 

OUR MISSION

To glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ

Our mission answers the question, “Why are we here?”  It’s derived from two overarching biblical principles:

 

1.   Our highest goal in everything we do, according to the Bible, is to bring glory to God.  We are called to “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name” (1 Chronicles 16:29).  In fact, God wants us to bring Him glory in literally everything we do – including even the most mundane things: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).  When we obey God’s commands in the power of the Holy Spirit and fulfill His purposes we bring Him glory. 

 

2.   Jesus commanded His disciples, and by extension He commands us today, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

 

God’s great purpose for His Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  The church is to be about this great task: share the good news of the gospel with all nations (including especially our local area) and teach all who place saving faith in Christ to follow His commands.  And as we obey this Great Commission, we bring God glory.

 

 

CORE VALUES

Our Core Values answer the question: “Who are we?”  They define the primary guiding principles we hold to as a church.  They help define our church culture. We are....

 

Bible Centered

“The Bible, God’s inerrant Word, is the authoritative source of truth and is sufficient for all of life.  The teaching and application of God’s Word is central to all we do.”

 

In a world of infinitely competing and changing philosophies and opinions, we have a great need of truth.  God has revealed much about Himself, about His will for us and His plan of salvation in the Bible.  Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).  Since we hold the Bible in highest esteem, we will be careful to teach it as faithfully, accurately, and widely as we possibly can.  Resources and curricula will be chosen based on their faithfulness to the orthodox teaching of the Bible.

 

Gospel Driven

“Our ministry is rooted and centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of God’s saving grace and the sanctifying power to change our lives.  This message of hope motivates us to worship God, to reach those who don’t know Christ, and to grow in Christ-likeness.”

 

Through the gospel we learn the good news that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took on flesh, lived a sinless life, carried our sin and its penalty to the cross, died, and rose again on the third day.  And only by repenting and placing faith in Jesus as our Savior can we have a relationship with God.  We are called to be faithful to share this gospel with those who have not believed, and to be strengthened by its truths as we worship God and grow spiritually.

 

Spiritually Growing

“We grow as disciples inChrist as we learn and apply the truth of the Bible.  This life change occurs as we draw close to Christ through personal study, prayer, small group Bible studies, fellowship groups, Sunday morning worship and biblical counseling.”

 

Knowing what the Bible teaches is good, but it’s not sufficient.  God does not save us to just secure heaven for us when we die.  God wants to use His Word to help us grow up spiritually – to transform our character to be more like His Son, Jesus, so that our lives would bring Him glory.  A follower of Christ should always be learning and growing.  The apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Most of what we do as a church is directed toward this end.



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