What We Believe
What We Believe
We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love, and ruler with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of mankind, to the glory of His name. We believe the one God reveals Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinct but inseparable, eternally one in essence and power.
We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. He died upon the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sin of the world, was buried but rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with the Father from whence He shall return. We believe no one comes unto the Father except by Him and that by Him all mankind will be judged.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Father and the Son. He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He spiritually baptizes repentant sinners into the body of Christ, then comforts, sustains, empowers, and seals the faithful and guides them into all truth.
We believe the Bible, Old and New Testaments, to be the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God and the final authority for truth and life.
We believe Man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and, in that sense, is lost; this is true of all for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. We believe that unless an individual is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God and that the new birth is possible only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
We believe the church is the community of all true believers, under the Lordship of Christ, spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness concerning Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations.
We believe the assembling of ourselves together is the duty and privilege of everyone, who in the presence of God, bows in adoration, humility, and dedication. We believe it is essential to the life of the church and that the assembling of the people of God for such worship is necessary to Christian fellowship and spiritual growth.
We believe the sacraments, ordained by Christ, are symbols and pledges of the Christian's profession and of God's love toward us. We believe water baptism is a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin, a representation of the new birth in Christ Jesus and a mark of Christian discipleship. We believe the Lord's Supper is a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ and a token of the love and union we have with Christ and one another.
Those who rightly, worthily, and in faith eat the broken bread and drink of the blessed cup, do so, in remembrance of Him until He comes.
And, finally, we believe that to do good to glorify man, a church, or a congregation is a temporary, fleeting thing, which will do nothing in reaching our world for Christ. Therefore, anything we will say or do will be for the sole purpose of honoring God, for He alone is worthy of praise.
On subjects often debated we believe:
That Sunday, the Lord's Day, is divinely ordained for private and public worship, for rest from unnecessary work, and should be devoted to spiritual improvement, Christian fellowship, and service. We believe it is commemorative of our Lord's resurrection and is, historically, the New Testament day of worship on the first day of the week.
That we do not practice infant baptism, but allow parents to publicly dedicate their children to Christ during public worship, stating before the congregation that they will raise the child in a Christian home and at a proper time will encourage the child to accept Christ as Savior. After such acceptance, baptism is recommended.
That if there are sick among us, we may anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord for their healing, but always remembering to do things decently and in order to avoid any theatrics which would cause confusion or glorify man rather than God.
That the second coming of Christ will be personal, visible, and glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, and that it will consist of two major events: the rapture; in which He will resurrect the dead in Christ and translate living Christians to be with Him forever, thereby removing from the earth His waiting Church to meet the Lord in the air and the actual coming: when Christ comes with the hosts of heaven as well as the Church to establish the Messianic kingdom on earth.