What We Believe

Everything we believe is found in the Bible. The narrative of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is recorded in the Bible. In that narrative, Jesus, Himself, recognized the Bible as God’s word and we believe it to be inspired by God. Everything contained in the Bible has a purpose. It tells the story of God’s love for humanity and His redemptive plan for us. It reveals how we can have a right relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus. It’s a guide to discover and live lives that are filled with joy and purpose. Everything in the Bible points towards Jesus and demonstrates His claim that He is the way to, the truth about, and the perfect example of life, and that He is the only way to God the Father. If we trust who Jesus says He is, receive His forgiveness, and surrender ourselves to Him, we are promised God’s presence and leading in this life through the Holy Spirit and eternal life when our life on earth is over.

To be clear, here is what we believe the Bible says:
About the Scriptures
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error.

About God
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the lost world.

About Mankind
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort alone.

About Salvation
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.

About the Christian Life
We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.

About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.

About Baptism
We believe that baptism is an outward signification of the grace of God in the life of a believer. It is symbolic of salvation, not part of salvation. Since it is a symbol, we believe that only those professing a personal faith in Christ should be baptized.