What We Believe
The purpose of this church is to be a local gathering of individuals who seek to please and worship God by assembling to serve Him and grow in their faith and understanding of Him. It is our common belief that this purpose may be accomplished only by absolute dependence on the infallible word of God as recorded in the Bible, and only with the help and leadership of His Holy Spirit. It is also our belief that the church belongs to God, and that His son Jesus is its head, and as members of it we submit to His Lordship, realizing we are heirs to His everlasting kingdom.
Since in all things we seek to please Him, we see fit to have a Statement of Faith that expresses our beliefs to the public before the Holy God whom we serve.
Our Mission: To establish, restore, and increase relationships with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Vision: To be a growing family of believers, characterized by a deep and genuine love for God and one another.
Statement of Faith
Perhaps it was Augustine who first uttered the phrase: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.” Hopefully that same spirit is communicated in our statement of faith which we present humbly with respect to those who have Biblical interpretations differing from our own.
- We believe the Bible to be God’s Word, inspired, inerrant, infallible, and completely relevant for our lives today.
- We also embrace the objective truths, first found in scripture, and summarized in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. Therefore:
- We believe in one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who is: Almighty, sovereign, all knowing, all powerful, and all present; Creator of the Heavens and Earth, all things seen and unseen.
- We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, who was fully God and fully man, who performed countless miracles, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified for our sins, died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, descended to the dead, rose from the dead on the third day, made numerous appearances to His followers, ascended to the Father, and is presently enthroned at His Father’s right hand where He rules, intercedes, and awaits His physical return to earth to judge the living and the dead. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom.
- We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, The Giver of Life: Who dwells in those who are born anew and have professed faith; He comforts, convicts, guides, and sanctifies; He empowers us with His character, gifts, and graces, and conforms us into the image of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the holy catholic (universal) church, comprised of all who have confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord.
- We believe in the communion of saints (all true believers) who are joined together in fellowship, for the purpose of worship, service, and mutual love, who seek to embody the Great Commandment and who eagerly engage in the Great Commission.
- We believe in the forgiveness of sins: that by His sacrificial atonement on the cross, Christ Jesus has quenched the wrath of God against us, cleansed us from all iniquity and every transgression, and rendered us righteous before Him. He has declared us forgiven, turned us from enemies into friends, redeemed us from sin and death, and adopted us as His children. He remembers our sins no more and has restored us to Himself.
- We believe in the resurrection of the body: That we, like Christ, will experience a bodily resurrection.
- We believe in the life everlasting: Eternal life in the presence of God for believers and eternal separation from God for those who have rejected His merciful saving grace.
- We recognize two sacraments in the life of the church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These sacraments are integral to our faith because they remind us, in very tangible ways, of God’s power, presence and grace in our lives through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe God created man and that He created them male and female. As such He created them differently to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.
For a more detailed document of our beliefs, please see this Westminster Confession.