Statement of Faith

Word of God 

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Matthew 28:19)

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 6:27)

God the Son, Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25)

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 15:26-27)

Regeneration

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (John 5:24)

Justification

We believe that God justifies the person who repents and places their faith in Jesus Christ. He declares us justified and is based on Christ’s work, not ours, involves the imputation of our sins to Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us. This is how God is “just and justified of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (2 Cor. 5:21, Galatians 2:16)

Sanctification

We believe that every person who expresses faith in Jesus Christ is set apart to God. We are now holy and called saints. God sees His Son when He sees us. We believe that as we are sanctified upon conversion there is progressive sanctification. Believers are to be conformed to the image of Christ. We believe that believers will progressively look more like Christ.

Since we are both sanctified at conversion and in the process of being sanctified, there is conflict in our lives. Our new creation is set against the flesh. Any suggestions about not having sin in this life are not satisfied by scripture. While we struggle there is victory and overcoming of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. (1 Corinthians 1:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 2:11)

Eternal Security

Since Salvation is a work of God, we believe and teach all those who are redeemed through Jesus Christ are kept by God’s power and secure in Him forever. We enjoy this relationship and remain confident in spending eternity with Him in heaven. This does not mean that we cannot sin or use our freedom to do wrong, this is not encouraged in scripture. (John 5:24, Romans 5:9-10, Ephesians 4:30)

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized in a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:19–21)

Christian Conduct

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:3)

Christian Marriage

We believe that Christian marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God for the well-being of mankind and the propagation of humanity. This union is seen as a spiritual and physical joining of one biological man and one biological woman according to the Scriptures, uniting them in a lifelong union marked by fidelity and mutuality. Marriages are to reflect Christ’s love for the Church and vice versa.  (Genesis 2:18, Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2)

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-5). We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for the commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26–29, 1 Corinthians 10:16–17).

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.  (Romans 12:1, Romans 13:1, Romans 14:7-9, 1_Timothy 2:1-5, 1 Peter 2:13-17)

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis. (Acts 15:36, Acts 15:41, Acts 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:1, Galatians 1:1-3, Revelation 1:4,  Revelation 1:10-11)

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27, Mark 14:62, John 14:3, Acts 1:11, Philippians 3:20, 1 Thessalonians 4:15, 2 Timothy 4:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5,  Revelation 20:4-6,  Revelation 20:11-15)