What We Believe

The Bible

We believe that the Bible, comprised solely of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God. Since the whole of the Bible and all of its parts are God breathed (1 Cor 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16), the Bible is inherently authoritative, true, and sufficient to guide us into leading a life that is pleasing to God.

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God

We believe in the one true and living God, who is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end (Rom 11:36). God exists eternally as three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one God, the same in essence, equal in perfections, and equally worthy of all worship (Matt 28:19; John 1:1; 6:27; 14:20, 23; 1 Cor 3:16).

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Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1; 10:30, 36), who took to himself a true human nature and was born of the virgin Mary (Matt 1:18-25). Thus he permanently became the God-man (Col 2:9). Through his sinless life and sacrificial death, he accomplished redemption (John 19:28-30). He rose bodily from the dead (Matt 28:5-7), ascended into heaven where he intercedes for his people (Heb 4:14-16), and will come again as the Lord of all (Rev 19:11-16).

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The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor 3:16; Heb 9:14). He exercises a manifold ministry, including conviction of sin (John 16:8), impartation of spiritual life (John 3:3-8), sanctification of believers (2 Cor 3:18; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 5:18), giving gifts to the church (1 Cor 12:11), giving power for service (Luke 4:14; Acts 1:8), and incorporating all believers into the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13). He also illuminates believers’ hearts to understand and receive the truth of God (Eph 1:17). His presence in the life of the believer is the down payment of all of God’s redemptive work in the believer’s life, and the guarantee of eternal security (Eph 1:13-14).

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Mankind

We believe that God directly and supernaturally created man as male and female in his image on the sixth day of the creation week in a state of holiness (Gen 1:26-31). However, as a result of Adam’s choice to transgress God’s command, the entire human race was plunged into sin (Rom 5:12-19). Since that time, all men are sinners both by nature and by choice, totally depraved, alienated from God and under his condemnation, and completely unable to do anything to contribute to salvation (Rom 1:18-32; 3:10-19; Eph 2:1-3).

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Sin

We believe that sin is any lack of conformity to the holy character of God as expressed in his moral law (1 John 3:4), whether it be in thought, act, omission, or disposition. Sin entered the universe through Satan and subsequently entered the human race through Adam. All men are born guilty before God and inherit a sin nature (Ps 51:5; Rom 3:23; 5:12). Because God’s wrath is against sinners, the consequence of sin is physical and spiritual death (Rom 6:23), culminating in the second death, which is eternal conscious torment in the lake of fire (Rev 20:14-15).

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Salvation

We believe that God has graciously provided salvation for sinners through the atoning work of his Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Heb 9:26). This salvation flows from the sovereign grace of God alone (Eph 1:4; Rom 6:23) and can in no way be earned or merited by men (Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Christ’s accomplished work of redemption is applied by the Holy Spirit using the instrument of the Word of God (Jas 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23) and is appropriated by the sinner through repentance and faith alone (Acts 3:19; 20:21; Rom 3:28) in the person and work of Christ alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

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The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, composed of all Spirit-baptized believers from the day of Pentecost to the rapture, whether in heaven or on earth (Eph 1:22-23; Col 1:18; 1 Cor 12:13). The body of Christ is visibly manifested in any particular time and place through local assemblies of baptized believers (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:41-47). These believers

  • hold to a common faith (Acts 2:42; 2 Thess 3:6),
  • observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matt 28:19; 1 Cor 11:23-32),
  • meet at regular and stated times for corporate worship, preaching and teaching, fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42, 47; 20:7; 1 Cor 16:2; Heb 10:25),
  • carry out the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8),
  • and incorporate the biblical offices of pastor/elder/overseer and deacon (Phil 1:1; 1 Tim 3:1-13).

We believe that the “Baptist distinctives” are accurate representations of Scriptural truth, such as: the Bible is the final authority of faith and practice (2 Tim 3:16-17); the local church is autonomous and is responsible for maintaining its own unity and purity, electing its own officers and messengers, settling internal affairs, and determining its cooperation with other churches (Matt 18:15-17; Acts 6:1-6; 15:2-32; 1 Cor 1:10; 6:1-5; 2 Cor 8:19; Col 4:16); all believers are priests before God (1 Peter 2:9); each believer has soul liberty (Acts 5:29; Rom 14:12); regeneration is required for church membership (Acts 2:41, 47); the church should not be established by the state (Matt 22:21; Acts 5:29).

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The End Times

We believe in the literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ for those who are in him (1 Thess 4:13-18). This will be followed by a period called the Great Tribulation, after which Christ will return to the earth with his saints, vanquish all his enemies, and reign in righteousness for one thousand years (Rev 19:11-20:3). After this all who have rejected God will be judged at the Great White Throne judgment and cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:7-15). The present heavens and earth will be destroyed, and a new heaven and new earth will be created, wherein all the redeemed of all the ages will dwell with and enjoy God forever (Rev 21-22).

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Historic Confessions We Appreciate

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