What We Believe
About the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the written revelation of God to man, and that the 66 books of the Bible constitute the complete and full Word of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that there is but one living and true God. He is an infinite, intelligent Spirit, perfect in all His attributes.
We believe the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly by grace, and accomplished only through the shed blood of the Son of God; that it is wholly apart from human merit or good works, and comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
About the Church
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is His body.” The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word.
About Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior through whom we died to sin and rose to new life. We believe that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church and that it is the prerequisite to privileges of church membership.
About Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God has called all believers to do the work of the ministry in and through the local church. This ministry of edification and evangelism is accomplished through the unique gifts (special abilities) given to each member of the body by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. We believe that these gifts cannot be obtained by any means, but are distributed by the sovereign will of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that there are two kinds of gifts: temporary confirming gifts and permanent edifying gifts. We believe that the temporary sign gifts were given to confirm the gospel message of the apostles. With the completion of the Scriptures, these sign gifts (speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles and healing) gradually ceased. We believe that we are admonished to pray for the sick, and that God hears the prayer of faith and heals the body in accordance with His will.
About the Rapture of the Church
We believe that the personal bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to translate the church from the earth, meeting them in the air, is imminent and will precede the seven-year tribulation period also known as Daniel's 70th week.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men – the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to eternal punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when soul and body are reunited and glorified to be forever with the Lord.