What We Believe
*All of our beliefs fall under the Baptist faith statement that can be viewed here.
We believe that Jesus Christ died a physical death on the cross and that he rose from the dead. His resurrection is the central point of our faith. It provides salvation (Romans 10:9-10) and ensures the resurrection of believers. (I Corinthians 15:20-28; II Corinthians 4:13 - 15; I Thessalonians 4:14)
The eternal God reveals himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being:
God the Son
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin. He was wholly man and wholly God. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He died as the atonement for all of mankind’s sins; so that man could be reconciled to God through belief in Christ. He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and rules forever with God. (Matthew 1:18-23; Matthew Chapters 26-28; John 1:1, 14)
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving and all wise. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; I Timothy 1:17)
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired the writing of the Scriptures, He enables man to understand the truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin. His presence in the Christians life is the assurance of God to bring the believer to fullness in Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service. (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49)
The Bible or Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the scriptures God completely reveals himself to man. The Bible is perfect and true, without any error. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tested. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18; II Timothy 3:15-17)
Humans were created by the special act of God, in His own image and is the crowning work of His creation. Man was created innocent of sin, but by his own choice he sinned against God. From that time on mankind has been born with a natural inclination to sin which they can not control. As soon as we are able we all choose to sin and consequently are under the condemnation of sin. Only the grace of God, manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ can reconcile sinful people to God. (Genesis Chapters 1-3; Romans 3:23)
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the ultimate sign of God’s grace to mankind. Our just reward for sinful living is eternal separation from God. Christ’s death on the cross and His blood serve as the atoning sacrifice that allows sinful mankind to be reconciled to a Holy and Righteous God. This reconciliation is available to anyone who repents of their sin and through faith accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Genesis 3:15; John 3:3-21; Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-22; Revelation 3:20)
The New Testament speaks of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. The church is also spoken of in the New Testament as a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. The church is committed to the teachings of Christ, the spreading of the gospel to the ends of the earth, exercising the ministry of believers to one another through the use of the spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit and the observance of the sacraments (Lord’s Supper and Baptism). (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47)
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
God in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. Those who have not accepted Christ as savior will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. Those who have accepted Christ as savior in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.