Statement of Faith

The members of this church have adopted the following twelve-point statement of faith. We believe:

  1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
  2. In one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is unchanging, the same yesterday, today, and forever, is personal, reveals Himself to man, and answers prayers.
  3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest.
  4. The Holy Spirit makes believers children of God in regeneration, and indwells, seals, and baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, at the moment of salvation. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the time when one places his trust in Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and not at a time subsequent to it. The Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts on each believer, and makes a godly life possible by filling (controlling) the yielded Christian. (John 6:8-11, 15:26-27; I Corinthians 6:19, 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 4:18; Titus 3:5).
  5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
  6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become the children of God.
  7. That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. We believe immersion is the mode of baptism which we consider best to demonstrate what occurs spiritually at the moment of salvation. This ordinance is to be administered only after salvation is experienced.
  8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.
  9. That only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
  10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
  11. In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the life and service of the believer.
  12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead: of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.