Doctrine Is Important!
What one believes determines how he will act. Therefore, we believe it is vital to disclose our positions on core biblical doctrines so you may discern our approach to Christian life and ministry.


Our Foundation
We are conservative and baptistic in our beliefs. We are governed by and seek to conduct ministry according to the Word of God which we acknowledge to be inerrant and infallible in the whole and all of its parts.


Please read through the links below, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. You may also be interested in downloading our unabridged doctrinal statement.


Full Doctrinal Statement (pdf)

The Bible

We believe the Bible, existing exclusively of the sixty-six books of the providentially preserved Old and New Testament, is God's disclosure of himself to man.

As God's book it is a divine book that is internally consistent, and the original autographs are completely free from error or mistake.

We believe that the Bible is God's verbal, plenary inspired Word, written by his chosen men who were born along by the Holy Spirit and is the completely credible and trustworthy source of Truth. Thus, God's Word has the authority to make demands upon the life (2 Thess 3:14), and it contains everything man needs to fulfill its demands and stand rightly before God (2 Pet 1:3).

God

We believe that God is the living (Jer 10:10), supreme (Ps 115:3), holy (Lev 11:44), infinite (1 Tim 6:16-17), perfect, unchangeable (Mal 3:6) spirit, who is the ruler over all and source, support, and end of all things (Rev 4:11, Gen 1, Acts 17:24, Rom 11:36).

As the supreme One, God has no rival (Deut 6:4, 1 Cor 8:6). He does whatever he pleases, according to his own will (Ps 135:6). He is uncaused and cannot be directed by outside sources, nor can his plans be thwarted (Isa 46:10, Dan 4:35, 25).

Triunity

The one true God exists eternally in three persons: Father (1 Pet 1:2), Son (John 1:1), and Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16), who are one and the same essence, yet distinct in personality (Matt 28:19).

Thus, the divine nature is undivided and indivisible; there is but one infinite and perfect God (Deut 6:4). The one essence of the Godhead wholly, equally, and eternally pervades each of the three persons without division or multiplication (Deut 6:4, John 10:30, John 17:22; cf. John 14:16-23).

The unity of God signifies that none of the three persons has priority in essence (Ontological Trinity). However, the Scriptures do teach a functional priority that subordinates the Son to the Father and the Spirit to the Father and Son (Economic Trinity).


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the second person of the eternal, triune God (John 1:1), the promised Christ and Lord of all the earth. He is thus co-equal and co-eternal, having no beginning or end. He was manifested in the OT as the angel of the Lord and in the NT as Jesus, the Son of God.

He is both God and man, possessing two natures within one person (John 1:1,14; Heb. 1:8; 1 Tim. 2:5). We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:21; Lu. 1:35), and born of a virgin (Matt. 1:18-25). He died on a cross as a sinless substitute to pay the penalty for mankind's sin (1 John 2:2), was buried, rose again from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for believers (Heb. 7:24-25; 1 Tim. 2:5).

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the 3rd person of the economic trinity, who is ontologically, co-equally God. The Holy Spirit is identified as God through the very designation Holy Spirit (2 Tim 1:14, 1 Thess 1:6) and through his identification with the God of the OT (2 Sam 23:2-3; cf. Heb 10:14-16 and Jer 31:33; Heb 3:7-9 and Ps 95:6-9). He possesses the attributes of God (Isa 40:13, Ps 139:7-10, 1 John 5:6, John 3:8), and performs the work of God (Titus 3:5, Rom 8:11, 2 Thess 2:13, 2 Pet 1:21, John 16:8).

The Holy Spirit is a real person, not simply a force, influence, or abstract energy. He currently works in the world through common grace to restrain the full effects of sin in this world (Gen 6:3, 2 Thess 2:5-12; cf. Rom 1:24, 2:4). He is also at work on the mind of unbelievers to bring conviction of the principles of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).

We believe it is the work of the Holy Spirit to impart spiritual life to the spiritually dead through regeneration (John 3:3, 5; Titus 3:4-6). The result is the immediate (Eph 1:13) and permanent indwelling of the Spirit in all true believers (Rom 8:9, John 14:16-17; cf. Jude 19).

The Spirit works in the believer, as the believer's seal of salvation (Eph 1:13, 4:30), to illuminate (1 Cor 2:12, John 16:13), grant gifts (1 Cor 12:1-11, 1 Pet 4:10), and transform the believer into the image of Jesus Christ through the Word of God (2 Cor 3:18).

Man

We believe that God directly, supernaturally, and immediately created Adam and Eve out of nothing on the sixth day of creation, apart from any evolutionary process whatsoever (Gen 1:27, 2:8, 21-22). Man was created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27), for the glory of God (Isa 43:6-7, Rev 4:11), to give glory to God in every opportunity of life (1 Cor 10:31), and to enjoy God and fellowship with him (Ps 16:11, Ps 73:25-26).

Adam deliberately chose to disobey the expressed will of God and therefore fell under God's condemnation (Rom 5:12). As a result of the Fall, Adam received a corrupted, depraved, spiritually dead nature (Eph 2:1-3), and incurred the condemnation of God (Rom 5:18), the penalty of which is death and eternal separation from God in hell (Matt 25:41, 46; cf. Rev 20:14-15, Rev 21:8).

Furthermore, by virtue of his position as head of the race he plunged all mankind into the universal guilt of sin and into death (Rom 5:12-21). Through the one sin of Adam, sin and death are imputed to all mankind because all humanity was represented in Adam.

The extent of man's depravity touches every portion of his being--mind, will, and emotions (Eph 4:17-19, 1 Cor 2:14); therefore, man is completely unable to do anything to earn God's favor or contribute to his own salvation (Rom 3:20; 4:5-6; Titus 3:5).

Sin

We believe sin is lack of conformity to God's holy nature (1 John 5:17, Rom 14:23, Jas 4:17) or moral requirement, encompassing one's disposition (1 John 3:4), positive acts (Matt 15:19), acts of omission (Jas 4:17), or thoughts and intents (Exod 20:17, Matt 5:27-28).

The immutable moral law of God's holiness requires perfect obedience in all areas. But men are engulfed by a sin nature (John 8:34) that at its core is selfish. It chooses self above God (Isa 14:13-14; cf. Luke 12:13-21, 2 Cor 5:15), and selfishness is the root of all forms of sin (Gen 3:1-7; Deut 6:4-5; Matt 22:36-37), as it desires creaturely autonomy from God.

Sin in the human race originated in Adam. The result of sin is death (Rom 6:23; Jas 1:15)--both physical and spiritual (separation of the individual from God's gracious presence)--issuing forth ultimately in the second death, eternal banishment from God's gracious presence in eternal torment (Rev 20:14-15).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by God's grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone (Rom 3:22-24; Eph 2:8-9). Salvation was purchased by the shedding of Christ's blood upon the cross (Rom 3:25), is applied to individuals by the work of the Holy Spirit using the Word of God (John 16:8-11; 1 Pet 1:23), and is received by repentance (Acts 20:21) and faith in the resurrected Son of God (Rom 10:9-10).

God makes secure and guarantees the final salvation of every true believer (John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39). Genuine believers must and will persevere in their faith until they meet the Lord (1 Cor. 15:2; Col. 1:23).

We believe that the will of God for every believer is to be made holy and like Jesus Christ (1 Thess 4:3; Rom 8:29). The biblical process of spiritual growth (often called progressive sanctification) requires removing the sinful patterns of the unsaved condition and replacing these with patterns of godly character (Eph 4:22-24). The Holy Spirit accomplishes these changes as the believer, by faith, yields obedience to the Word of God (Rom 6:11-13; 2 Cor 3:18) and puts to death all sinful practices (Rom 8:13; Col 3:5).

The believer will ultimately be made completely holy when he enters the presence of Jesus Christ either at death or Christ's return (Phil 1:6; 3:21; 1 Thess 5:23; 1 Jn 3:2).

The Church

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ (Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:18) and includes all believers of this age, whether in heaven or on earth. The regenerate are baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit (1 Cor 12:13); Spirit baptism, not regeneration, is the building agent of the universal Church.

The Body Church is limited in scope of time to those who are regenerated between the day of Pentecost and the Rapture (cf. Acts 1:5; 11:15; 1 Thess 4:16-17). The Church is distinct from Israel (1 Cor 10:32; Gal 6:15-16)--unique to this age (Eph 3:3-6, 9). The Church is God's appointed steward, carrying out His purposes in this dispensation (Eph 3:8-10; cf. 1 Tim 3:15).

Angels

We believe that God created the entire host of angels on Day 1 of creation (Job 38:6-7; Neh 9:6; Ps 148:2, 5); no additional angels have been generated since that time. Angels are personal beings, which possess intellect (1 Pet 1:12), will (Rev 22:8-9), and emotion (Luke 15:7, 10; Heb 12:22). But they are spirit beings, lacking material bodies (Heb 1:14).

As created beings, angels are finite; they are limited in time-space-mass dimensions (Dan 10:13, Matt 24:36). But they do possess great power and abilities that men do not enjoy (Dan 9:21-23; 2 Chron 32:21; 2 Pet 2:11, Rev 14:17-19), yet men will one day have a position that is elevated over angels (1 Cor 6:3).

End Times

We believe that the church age will be completed when the Lord Jesus returns to rapture the Church to meet him in the air (1 Cor 15:50-57; 1 Thess 4:13-17), prior to the tribulation and millennium (1 Thess 1:10; Rev 3:10; 13:6), taking them to heaven for the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10) and the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7).

Subsequent to the Rapture of the Church the earth will undergo the great Tribulation (Matt 24:21, cf. Rev 7:14). The Rapture is an imminent event (Jas 5:8-9, Rev 22:12, 20); therefore, believers are admonished to be watchful (Rom 13:12, 1 Pet 4:7, 1 John 2:18).