What We Believe
What a church believes drives everything it does. We’ve taken time to outline the basics of what we believe below. Where you feel we are silent and if you have further questions, we’d love to talk. Clarification can be also be found in our affirmation of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
(2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
The Bible is inspired by God, and it is the revelation of Him to man. It is fully authoritative and without error. We can trust it in every circumstance and situation. It provides the foundation for all other doctrines and practices.
(Genesis 1, Deuteronomy 6:4)
God has always existed in perfect power and holiness. He is Creator of the universe, and He rules over every aspect of creation still today. He exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
(John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22)
Jesus Christ is God's Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and after three days, He defeated sin and death and rose from the grave. He will return one day to rule and reign.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
(Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ, and He indwells every believer from the time of salvation. He empowers Christians to live a supernatural life.
(Genesis 3, Romans 3:10-23, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9) Because of our sinful nature, man cannot enter into heaven no matter how good of a life he may have lived. Jesus Christ came to earth to take the punishment for sin, and our only hope for salvation is faith in the truth that Jesus died for our sin and made a way for us to gain the righteousness it takes to enter heaven.
ABOUT THE CHURCH
(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47, Colossians 1:18, 1 Peter 5:1-5) The Bible teaches that the universal Church is the body of Christ in the world today. A local church is made up of baptized followers of Jesus Christ, gathered for worship and scattered to serve. The church should live out the mission of Christ as His body, taking the gospel to the community and the world around them. The church is led by a group of men known as elders or pastors, who serve as spiritual leaders and shepherds.
(Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:9, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12)
Baptism is an act of obedience for every believer. We practice baptism by immersion, symbolizing the imagery of salvation through Jesus - that our old selves have been crucified and buried, and that we now live in new life by the power of His resurrection.