We Believe in the Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe the Bible is God’s living Word. We believe the bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice. We believe that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Thurs, we are constantly evaluating and reforming ourselves in view of God’s word.
Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32, / Proverbs 30:6 / 2Timothy 3:16-17 / Hebrews 1:1-2 / 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three, called the Trinity, are equal in essence and distinct in function.
Deuteronomy 6:4 / Matthew 28:19
The Father person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring him gory and honor, through his grace. While he is transcendent, he has created humanity to bring him glory and honor, through his grace. While he is transcendent, he is also actively involved in his creation – offering an eternal relationship with us through his son, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:9 / John 5:19-24 / Ephesians 1:3-6, 2:1-10
Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of Man. Fully God, fully man, he surrendered nothing of his deity during his earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Father’s justice, offering atonement for all of humanity’s sins, for all time. We believe in his bodily resurrection, his physical ascension, and his visible return back to earth to establish his earthly kingdom.
John 1:14-18 / 1 Corinthians 15 / Hebrew 1:3 / Colossians 2:9 / Revelation 20:11-15
The Holy Spirit
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in this world through humanity by leading, guiding, filling, teaching, and convicting. The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions, and will). He equips believers upon conversion by giving them gifts to be used for the building up of the church, and by bearing fruit through their yielded lives.
John 16:-5-6 / John 3:1-8 / 1 Corinthians 12 / Ephesians 1:1, 2-10 ? Galatians 5:16-25
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, but naturally separated from him by sin, Therefore, mankind is in need of being redeemed back of God.
Genesis 1:26-27 / Psalm 51:5 / Romans 3:23, 5:8
We believe in a literal heaven and hell and that Jesus Christ will return again to judge the earth in righteousness and to establish his kingdom. We believe that salvation through repentance and faith in Christ is the only way to spend eternity in Heaven. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. As a result of our new relationship with God through his Son, Jesus, we are called to a life of submission to the Holy Spirit, manifesting spiritual fruit, and walking in good works that God has prepared beforehand for us to do.
Mark 1:15 / Acts 20:28 / Ephesians 1:7 / John 3:16, 14:6
For all who have placed their faith in God through his Son, Jesus Christ, they are part of the universal body of believers known as the church. This placement of the believer into the universal church requires an association of the believer with other followers of Christ in the local assembly. The purpose of the local church is to lead people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. The members of the local church are to live their lives in humble submission to other Spirt-led believers, and to the God-appointed leaders of the local church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 / Acts 2:41-47 / 1 Corinthians 12-14 / Matthew 28:18-20 / Ephesians 2:19-22
We believe God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are, we owe to him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are, therefore, under obligation to serve him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
James 1:17 / Romans 1:14 / Matthew 25:24-30
We Practice Systematic Expostion
What is it?
An expositional sermon takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
Where is it in the Bible?
According to Scripture, God accomplishes what he wants to accomplish through speaking (see Gen. 1:3, Isa. 55:10-11, Acts 12:24). This means that if preachers want their sermons to be filled with God’s power, they must preach what God says.
The bible has many examples of this kind of preaching and teaching: Levitical priests taught the law (Deut. 33:10), Ezra and the Levites read from the law and gave the sense of it (Neh. 8:8), and Peter and the apostles expounded Scripture and urged their hearers to respond with repentance and faith (Acts 2:14-41, 13:1-47).
On the other hand, God condemns those who “speak of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord” (Jer. 23:16, 18, 21-22).
Why is it important?
Expositional preaching is important because God’s Word is what convicts, converts, builds up, and sanctifies God’s people (Heb. 4:12, 1 Pet.1:23; 1Thess. 2:13, Jn. 17:17).
We are Committed to Baptism of Believers by Immersion
We affirm baptism by immersion as a Biblical ordinance used to confirm local church membership for a new believer. Believer’s baptism is our way of obeying the command of Christ Jesus, following his example, publicly professing faith in Christ and symbolizing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, as well as our own personal death to sin and symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, as well as our own personal death to sin and resurrection in the newness of life. It is through water baptism that each new believer is added to and recognized as a member of a local, governing church.
Romans 6:3-4 / Matthew 28:8-20 / Matthew 3:13-17 / Acts 2:37-41
We are Committed to Practicing a Biblical Worldview
Christianity is not merely a religion, it is also a lifestyle, a philosophy: a worldview. We are to think Biblically about every aspect of our lives. It is only through filtering our life choices using the Word of God as our filter that we will understand, develop, and practice a Biblical worldview. We believe every member must filter his or her life choices through the Word of God, and in doing so, we will glorify God in this world.
We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.