What we believe

ONE God

We believe there is one God, creator of all things visible and invisible, who exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14

We believe Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, the image of the invisible God, fully human, fully divine. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection from the dead, and the assurance of His coming again.  Matthew 28:19; John 1:14; Colossians 1:15;         II Corinthians 5:21; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 1:11

salvation

We believe that a Christian is one who is saved by the grace of God working through his faith, and is growing in the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit within. We believe that the grace of God was extended in Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, and that man’s faith is responding to God’s grace with repentance and the acceptance of Christ as Savior and Lord.  Ephesians 2:8-9; II Corinthians 3:18; John 3:16; Acts 2:38

We believe in the immortality of the soul, the resurrection after death, and an eternal future determined by divine judgment. Those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be raised to eternal life with God in heaven, and those who rejected Christ to hell and eternal separation from God.  Acts 17:30-31; Matthew 25:46; Romans 2:7-8

We believe in the divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible as the Word of God, and that it is the fully reliable and trustworthy standard for Christian faith and life.  Matthew 5:17-19; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21                    

THE SEPARATED LIFE

We believe the life and teachings of Christ, as taught in the Scriptures, show us what God wants for mankind: to live in relationship with God in all holiness, love, and complete surrender to God’s will. The life of Christ is to be manifested in His disciples in all family and social relationships. To live the life of Christ implies the fullest exercise of love. This means non-resistance to evil by worldly means, and the abandonment of the use of violence, including warfare. We believe that the Christian life will express itself in nonconformity to the patterns of the world in life and conduct.  Matthew 5:48; I Peter 2:21-25; Matthew 5:44; Ephesians 2:13-16; Romans 12:1-2

the church

We believe the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is called to become ever more like Christ, its head, in worship, ministry, witness, mutual love and care, and in the ordering of its common life. We believe the church is the household of faith under the fatherhood of God in Christ.  Ephesians 4:13-15; Galatians 3:26; I Peter 2:9-10; Ephesians 1:3-5; Ephesians 2:19

We believe that the disciplines of prayer, the study of Scripture, and corporate worship are essential means to grow in our fellowship with God and put ourselves more completely in His will.  I Timothy 4:7-8; II Timothy 3:14-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; Philippians 4:6-9

We believe baptism should be administered upon repentance from sin and confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 3:27

We believe that Christians should speak the truth under all circumstances. The swearing of oaths, whether of allegiance to human institutions, or in all legal and social matters, should not be practiced. Affirmation is the form used by members of the church in legal matters.  James 5:12; Acts 5:29; Matthew 5:33-37