What We Believe

What We Believe

Our purpose here is to be as transparent with you as possible so that you know where our heart and mind is focused as we achieve the mission that God has set before us to be the salt and light in this community, country, and world! We hold to the common motto: “In essentials – unity; in nonessentials – liberty; in all things – love!” In addition to our beliefs below, we also affirm as written the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

About God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in His love, in His holiness, and in any other attribute we could name of him. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, He perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about His eternal good purposes to redeem a people for Himself and restore His fallen creation, to the praise of His glorious grace

Genesis 1:1,26, 3:22, 11:7, Exodus 34:6-7, Leviticus 11:44, Deuteronomy 6:4, 33:27, Isaiah 40:28, 42:5, 45:7, 46:8-10, Ezekiel 36:22-32, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, John 1:1, 13:31-32, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6, Colossians 1:16, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Peter 1:2,16, Jude 1:20-21, Revelation 4:11, 21:6

About Man

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. The purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God Himself declared to be “very good,” serving as God’s agents to care for, subdue, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God yet imbibing different roles, enjoy equal accesss to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagemnet in family, church, and civic life; proclaoiming the Gospel of Christ. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and His church. In additon, husbands and wives are equal in value but hold different roles. We believe the husband is called by God to serve as the spiritual leader of his home. As such, the husband is the first to sacrifice for the needs of the family for the purpose of bringing spiritual maturity to those under his responsibility and care. The church is to aide and equip the home to proclaim Christ to both the family in particular and society in general. Likewise, we believe that God has called upon godly men to lead the local church.

Genesis 1:22-28,31, 2:15-25, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 73:25-26, Jeremiah 29:4-7, Matthew 22:36-40, 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:11, 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Titus 1:5-16, 2:1-15

About Jesus

We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human; the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man, Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holly Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed His heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As King, He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by His incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ is our representative and substitute. He did this so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God; on the cross He canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By His resurrection, Christ was vindicated by His Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all His people; by His ascension, He has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with Him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before Him -that is, He has become our righteousness, holiness, and redemption!

Isaiah 53:12, Matthew 11:2-6, John 3:1-21, 6:28-29, 10:1-18, 11:25-26, 20:30-31, Acts 2:21, 4:10-12, Romans 1:16-17, 3:21-26, 5:6-11, 10:5-13, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:9-10, Colossians 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:8-14, Hebrews 12:1-2

About Holy Spirit

We believe that salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to His people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by His powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in Him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. The Holy Spirit is Himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. By the Holy Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family: they participate in the divine nature and receive His sovereignly distributed gifts. We believe in the full range of spiritual gifts, exercised under the careful guidance of Scripture and the oversight of pastoral leadership.

John 14:16-17, 15:8, Acts 1:5,8, 2:4, 8:17, 10:44-46, 19:6, Romans 11:29, 12:1-2, 6-8, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 12:1-14, Galatians 5:16, 25, Ephesians 4:14-15, 30-32, 6:18, Philippians 4:5, Colossians 3:12-13

about church

We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God, through union with Christ by faith, and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. God’s new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the Living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The Kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God . This communtiy may be seen in the universal church and is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the body of Christ, the apple of His eye, graven on His hands, and He has pledged Himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ is our peace: He has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.

Ezekiel 36:26-27, Matthew 16:18, 24:14, 28:18-20, John 1:12, 3:3, Acts 9:31, Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19, 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Galatians 3:23-26, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2 Timothy 2:19, Hebrews 12:1-2, 1 John 3:9

about bible

God has graciously disclosed His existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed Himself to fallen human beings in the person of His Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, God is a speaking God, who by His Spirit has graciously disclosed Himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Sciptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both the record and means of His saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of His will for slavation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authoruity over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.

Psalm 119:89,105,160, Proverbs 30:5, Matthew 24:35, Luke 8:21, 24:44-48, John 1:1-14, 5:39, Acts 17:11, 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:16-21, 3:15-18

about baptism & Lord’s supper

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus Himself. Baptism, which should occur soon after initial conversion, is symbolic of the believer’s entrance into the new covenant community and whose normative means is by immersion. In Baptism the believer is buried in the water symbolizing their death and raised from the water symbolizing their new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is symbolic of ongoing covenant renewal found in Christ through repentance and belief. The bread is taken as a symbol of Christ as the bread of life, and the wine or juice representing Christ’s cleansing blood that was poured out for us on the cross. Both elements are to be taken after examining oneself against the Body of Christ. Together, the ordinances represent the following: God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace whereby we as believers participate spiritually with Christ, our public vows of submission and unity to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ and His body the Church, and anticipations of His return and of the consummation of all things. Finally, participation in these ordinances does not ensure salvation, but participation must be coupled with ongoing repentance and belief in Christ.

Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-29, 28:18-20, Mark 1:9-11, 14:22-25, Luke 3:21-22, 22:14-23, John 6:41-58, Acts 2:38-41, 8:12,36-38, 10:44-48, 16:14-15,33, 18:8. 19:1-7, 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-34, 12:13, Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:4-6, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21