WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the Word of God
In accordance with II Tim 3:16 and II Peter 1:21, the Bible was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as a supernatural revelation of God. The Scriptures are literally God-breathed and contain no mixture of error. The truth of the Scripture and the person of Christ are the foundations of the church.
Salvation is by Grace Alone
In accordance with Eph 2:8-9, we are saved by God’s grace at the point of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Man is sinful and does not have the ability to save himself, least of all by good works. However, in accordance with James 2:14-17, our faith will be evidenced by good works, obedience, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
The Believer is Eternally Secure
In accordance with John 10:27-28 and Rom 8:38-39, if any individual has made a true, heart-changing decision to accept Christ, then they can never lose their salvation. When a saved person sins, their fellowship with God is interrupted, but never broken (I John 1:9). Those who do not trust Christ in this lifetime will spend eternity in hell (Rev 21:8).
In the Priesthood of the Believer
In accordance with I John 2:1 and Heb 4:14-16, Christ Himself is our advocate and High Priest. We have no need for human intermediaries because the blood of Christ has made each believer a child in God’s own family. Therefore we have direct access to God in confession, prayer, worship, and through His Word.
Baptism is by Immersion for the Believer
In accordance with Matt 28:19-20 and Rom 6:3-5, baptism is done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is not a means of salvation, but it is the believer’s symbolic identification with the death and resurrection of Christ and cleansing of the Holy Spirit. Public profession of faith through baptism, by immersion whenever possible, is an act of obedience and it is reserved for persons who can express a certain degree of sincerity and understanding of their faith (as determined by church leaders).