Our Beliefs

This church accepts the Bible as its sole authority in matters of faith and practice.  Our doctrinal beliefs are based on our understanding of Biblical truth, and are in agreement with the spirit of The Baptist Faith and Message and any updated version thereof as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention.

God

There is one and only one, true and living God. God is eternally existent in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator, preserver and ruler of all things (Isaiah 45:21-22, Jeremiah 10:10, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Father

He reigns from His throne in heaven over His creation. He is perfect in holiness, love, power, knowledge and wisdom (Matthew 5:48, Matthew 6:9, Luke 10:21 and 1 Corinthians 8:6).

The Son

Jesus Christ is the infinite God-Man. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God and Man in one Person. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and provided atonement for our sin through His shed blood and death. He was bodily resurrected from the dead, He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and He will personally return in power and glory (John 1:1-18, Philippians 2:5-11 and Hebrews 1:1-3).

The Holy Spirit

He is the Spirit of God. He convicts man of sin, calls him to salvation, and effects regeneration. He indwells all believers as God’s assurance of final redemption. He instructs, comforts, empowers, guides and develops Godliness in the believers (John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-11, Romans 8:9-11, 16, Ephesians 1:13-14 and Acts 1:8).

The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God to man. It is our sole authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, 17, 2 Peter 1:19-21 and Hebrews 4:12).

Man

Man was created by God, in the image of God, as an immortal, morally responsible being whose purpose is to serve and glorify God. Mankind chose rather to serve self-interest and thus all have sinned, creating the need for individual reconciliation to God (Genesis 1:26-30, Isaiah 6:5, Colossians 1:21-22. Romans 3:23 and Ephesians 2:1-22).

Salvation

Salvation is God’s provision for the whole man, provided freely by the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is received by all who repent of their sin and place their faith in Jesus Christ. It includes justification, regeneration, sanctification and glorification (John 1: 12, 3:16, Romans 5:8 and Ephesians 1:7).

Justification

We are put in right standing with God (Romans 3:24; 4:24, 5:1-9 and Titus 3:3-7).

Regeneration

We receive new life from God (2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5-6, Galatians 2:20, John 3:1:8 and 1 Peter 1:3, 23).

Sanctification

We are set apart for God (John 17:17, I Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 13:12 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Glorification

We will live forever with God (John 14:13, 2 Corinthians 5:1 and 1 Peter 1:35). We believe that because man’s salvation is totally an act of God’s Grace from beginning to end, the believer is eternally secure (John 10:27-29, Philippians 1:6, John 11:25-26, Hebrews 7:25 and 1 John 5: 11:13).

The Church

The church is made up of all baptized believers in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and carries out the present ministry of the Kingdom of God through the church. The purpose of the existence of the church is to fulfill the great commission. The nature of the church is universal in that it includes all believers of all ages. The expression of the church is seen in the local congregations who come together to worship, pray, study, fellowship, and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The leadership of the church consists of elders who give spiritual oversight and direction to the church and deacons who minister to the needs of the congregation (Matthew 16: 16-18, Acts 6: 1-7, 14:23, 1 Timothy 3:1-15 and Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23-32).

The Ordinances

The church observes two ordinances that Christ gave: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion is the outward demonstration of the inward possession of salvation. The Lord’s Supper symbolically commemorates His death, proclaims His salvation, and anticipates His second coming (Romans 6:1-5, Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 22:19-20 and1 Corinthians 11:23-30).

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God was inaugurated at the first coming of Jesus Christ, the King. All believers in Christ have come under His rule and are part of the Kingdom. The consummation of the Kingdom will occur at the second coming of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:43, 9:2; 17:20-21 and Romans 14:17).

Last Things

Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily to the earth to claim His people, judge all men in righteousness, and establish His glorious Kingdom. All mankind will be resurrected. The believers will receive a glorified body and dwell forever in Heaven with God. The unbeliever will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:7-13 and Revelation 20:1-13, 22:13).

Evangelism and Missions

The church is called to proclaim the Gospel in every nation, making disciples. It is the privilege and responsibility of every Christian to be a personal witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Every ministry of the church should ultimately contribute to the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:13-15 and Mark 1:17).