What We Believe

God

We believe there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth. We believe God is eternal Spirit and that he is infinite and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, justice, holiness, goodness, and faithfulness.

Trinity

This God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Christ

We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully human. When he took on our humanity, he did not lay aside his deity.  Though he voluntarily laid aside the independent use of his divine attributes, he did not lay aside any aspect of his deity.

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God, equal in power and glory with the Father and the Son.  His present ministry is to glorify Christ, just as it was Jesus’ ministry during his earthly ministry to glorify the Father.

The Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are fully and verbally inspired by God in every part and are our sole authority and the only rule to teach us what we must believe and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Human Guilt and Depravity

We believe that all are sinners by nature and by choice. All are guilty before God and deserve his wrath and curse forever. Our very best falls short of meeting his righteous demands and cannot merit his favor.

Because of the sinner’s sinful disposition, he does not seek God but is hostile toward him. He regards the gospel as foolishness and will perpetually reject God’s good news as long as he continues in a state of sinful nature.

Salvation

                We believe the salvation of sinners is the sovereign work of God alone. As sinners, we cannot contribute to it in any way. Even the faith by which sinners lay hold of Christ is the work of sovereign grace, not the work of sinful nature. We believe that apart from the grace and mercy of God, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead, there is no hope for sinners.

We believe the redeeming work of Christ was substitutionary in nature. In his sacrifice of himself he endured the penalty of sin that was due to those the Father had given him and thus accomplished their eternal salvation.

Sinners are justified before God by his grace alone and through faith alone, in Christ alone. Human works form no part of the basis of our justification before God.

We believe any “faith” that does not involve a thorough turning from sin and a purpose of heart to obey Christ’s commands [repentance] is not the faith the gospel demands.  Additionally, we believe genuine faith is a persevering faith.

We believe there is only on mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Anyone else who presumes to act as a mediator between God and the sinner is an impostor and a usurper of Christ’s authority.

We believe the new covenant fulfills the spiritual promise of blessing God made to Abraham’s seed. That promise was made, not to any of Abraham’s physical seed as such. Instead, the promise was made to Christ and all who are united to him by faith.

We believe sanctification is God’s work of grace in the believer just as justification was God’s work of grace for the believer. He will sanctify everyone he has declared righteous in his sight.  If a professed believer is not following Christ and growing in sanctification, he has no reason to believe he has been justified.

Everyone in whom God began the good work of salvation in regeneration will be glorified in keeping with God’s eternal plan.

Christ’s Return

We believe Jesus will return to earth in power and great glory, that he will reign forever and ever, and that of the increase of his kingdom there will be no end.

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