What We Believe

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Heb 4:12

We believe that God is our holy Creator and righteous Judge. He created us to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever; but we have all sinned, both in Adam as our representative head, and in our own individual actions in thought, word, deed, and motive (Romans 5:12; 3:23). We all therefore deserve eternal death and are, in fact, spiritually stillborn, helpless in our sins (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:1) and in need of God to impart spiritual life to us (Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 3:3). God sent His Son Jesus Christ, totally God and totally man (Philippians 2:5-11), to die the death that we deserved; and He raised Him up for our justification, proving that He was God’s Son (Romans 5:1; 1:4). We must repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation (2 Corinthians 5:21; Mark 1:14-15) if we are to have Christ’s perfect righteousness credited to us and the penalty for our sins accounted to Him. This Gospel alone (Galatians 1:6-9) is the one we are commanded to preach (2 Timothy 4:2) because it is the power of God unto Salvation (Romans 1:16).
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the all sufficient, authoritative, inspired, infallible, inerrant, and complete Word of God. They are the final authority of faith and practice.
We believe the Bible teaches that there is but one being of God, yet there are three distinct Persons who share this one being of God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Each Person is fully and completely God and each is described in Scripture as possessing the attributes of God. The Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed in the relationship described by the term “Trinity.”
We believe that Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God and who is of one substance and equal with the Father, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is totally God and totally man. He is the only mediator between God and man.
We believe that Jesus the Messiah lived a sinless life and perfectly fulfilled the Law of God. He suffered for our salvation on the cross, died, and was buried. He was raised bodily from the dead on the third day. The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and reigns.
We believe that salvation is the monergistic work of God. It is a gift of God. Sinners receive salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and by no merit of their own.
We believe that God created the universe and everything in it out of nothing by the power of His Word in six, literal, twenty-four hour days. Adam and Eve were created as our original parents, male and female, and were appointed differing and complementary roles in marriage as a type of Christ and the church.
We believe that our original parents, Adam and Eve, were tempted in the garden by Satan and thus willfully disobeyed the word of God, which as a result, brought the consequence of death and depravity to both themselves and all of their progeny.
We believe that Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. This promise is found throughout the inspired Scriptures. Until His return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy doing the work of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromising Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God.

Sola Scriptura
We reaffirm the inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
We deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian’s conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.

Solus Christus
We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father.
We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ’s substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.

Sola Gratia
We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life.
We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques, or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerate human nature.

Sola Fide
We reaffirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God’s perfect justice.
We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ’s righteousness in us, or that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.

Soli Deo Gloria
We reaffirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God’s glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone.
We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment is allowed to become alternatives to the Gospel.