What you need to know
We believe that there is only one living and true God: the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Ruler of all things; God is sovereign. He is holy, infinite, unchangeable, eternal and is revealed to us as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe worship is the joyous response of people to the glorious God revealed in Jesus Christ. Worship is to be an active part of a Christian’s life, both personally and corporately. The Word of God is central as we lead the church in worship. Our passion is to treasure, sing, read, pray and preach God’s Word.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is the standard by which we are to live.
We believe as God is progressively revealed in Scripture, He is seen as the one God existing eternally in three persons. Anything that is true of God is true of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are equal in essence yet distinct in function. The doctrine of the Trinity is central to understanding the nature of God and the central events in the history of salvation.
We believe baptism is God’s gift to His church to fill His people with joy, to powerfully communicate the gospel, and to build the faith and unity of the body of Christ. Baptism communicates the atonement of Christ, our union with Him and the sanctification of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is the means by which we declare to whom we owe allegiance.
We believe the church is the community of God’s redeemed people – all who have trusted Christ alone for their salvation. The relationship between its members results from their common identity as brothers and sisters adopted into God’s family. Christ shed His own blood to create the church, and the church is the primary conduit of God’s grace and glory to the world. Meaningful involvement in the local church is not optional; it is the essential context where believers worship Christ and grow in Him.
We believe the gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross as a sacrificial substitute for sinners and rose again making a way for humankind to be reconciled to God.
We believe communion is the sacrament Christ Himself established for the church to practice as a commemoration of His death. It is necessary for a believer to examine himself in order to eat and drink in a worthy manner. One must be a practicing believer to partake in this sacred meal.
Although man was created in the image of God, he fell into sin and is lost. This is true of all men, and except a man be born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
We believe that the cause of Christ extends beyond any one local fellowship; therefore we commit ourselves to the ongoing ministry of extending the call of Christ to make disciples around the world.
We believe God allows His people to stay involved with Him through prayer. Prayer, which is personal communication from us to God, not only helps us know about God but also helps us truly know God. Through prayer, we can communicate our requests to God, confess our sins and give Him adoration, praise and thanksgiving.
Regeneration is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The atoning work of God the Son is sufficient for all men, but only efficient for those who believe.
We believe that sanctification is a progressive work of both God and man. God and His children cooperate in this work, both playing distinct roles. Sanctification starts at the point of regeneration and increases throughout life. God equips His children through the power of the Holy Spirit, who works within us to change and sanctify us, giving us greater holiness in life.
We believe sin is anything (whether in thoughts, actions, or attitudes) that does not express or conform to God’s holy character as expressed in His moral law. Sin is not just a behavior, but is rooted deep in man’s very nature. It has brought about a guilty standing before God and a corrupted condition.