Our Beliefs
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Our Beliefs

Below is our Statement of Faith which presents our beliefs as a church.

The Bible 

  1. We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six Books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God, and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.  (Mt. 5:17-18; Jn. 16:12-15; II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,21)
     
  2. God
    We believe in one God, creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1; Gen. 2; Deut. 6:4,5; Mt. 28:19-20; II Cor. 13:14)
     
  3. Jesus Christ
    We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.  (Mt. 1:18-23; Jn. 1:1-18; Ro. 5:12-19; I Cor. 15:1-8)
     
  4. The Holy Spirit
    We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (Jn. 7:37-39; 14:16-17; Ro. 8:9; I Cor. 12:13)

    The five-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit to the believer includes: regenerating (Titus 3:5; Jn. 3:3-7), baptizing (Ro. 6:3, 4; I Cor. 12:13), indwelling (Jn. 14:16; I Cor. 3:16), sealing (II Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30), and filling (Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16).

    While all five ministries occur at conversion, the first four are permanent and unconditional, needing no repetition or further request in prayer for their benefits. The fifth ministry, however, is temporary and conditional, requiring continuous repetition in the life of the saint.
     
  5. Satan
    Satan, also called the Devil, exists as an evil and personal spirit-being, who opposes the work of God in the world. Although created as a good angelic being, he originated rebellion against God, and continues to use his real but limited power to oppose all that would serve the glory of God and the good of humanity. (Gen. 3:1-15; Job 1:6-12; II Cor. 11:13-15; I Pet. 5:8,9)
     
  6. Humanity
    We believe that humanity was divinely created in the image of God; that humanity sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Ro. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3)
     
  7. Salvation
    We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord. (Jn. 6:35-40; Ro. 3:28-30; I Pet. 1:18-23)
     
  8. Future Things
    We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.  (Jn. 5:28-29; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-58; Rev. 20 – 22)
     
  9. The Local Church
    We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances.

    We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church.  We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.  (Ro. 12:3-8; Eph. 4:1-16; I Tim. 3:1-15; I Pet. 2:9-10)
     
  10. Ordinances
    We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament:
    1. Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby a person obeys Christ’s command and sets forth their identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.  (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 3:23; Acts 2:41; 8:36-40)
    2. The Lord’s Supper which is a memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, the bread and the cup, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He returns.  (Lk. 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-24)
       
  11. The Church and State
    We believe in the entire separation of church and state.  (Mt. 22:21)
     
  12. Religious Liberty
    We believe in religious liberty; that every person has the right to practice and propagate their beliefs.  (Ro. 14:11-12)
     
  13. The Lord’s Day
    We believe that the first day of the week is to be dedicated for worship, instruction, prayer, and fellowship as a church family, and that it is the responsibility of believers to consistently participate in this vital exercise.  (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1,2)
     
  14. Civil Government
    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  (Acts 5:29; Ro. 13:1-7; I Pet. 2:13-17)
     
  15. Marriage and Human Sexuality
    We believe that God created humanity in the image of God as male and female; that He created the covenant relationship of marriage, where one man and one woman are joined together as husband and wife; that He created sexual activity to be practiced and enjoyed by a husband and wife in marriage; that sexual activity practiced outside of marriage is forbidden by God. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:21-25, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11,18-20, 7:1-5, Hebrews 13:4)