Statement of basic beliefs

The gospel is the hope of the world. As we read the Scriptures, we see the overarching themes of God’s providence, power and provision to reconcile mankind and the created world to Himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ. In light of this, we aim to be explicitly gospel-centered in all that we preach, teach and practice. 

We believe...

  • all Scripture is authoritative and was given by verbal, complete, and inerrant inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 5:18; Pro 22:20-21; Psa 19:7-11) 
  • there is only one true God, Who has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5-6, 46:9-10; John 17:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 2:5; Gen. 1:26; Ps. 45:6-7, 110:1; Matt. 3:13-17, 28:17-20; 1 Cor. 12:4-6). 
  • all things exist for the glory of God (Ps. 148; Prov. 16:4; Isa. 61:3; Rom. 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:15; Eph. 1:3-14). 
  • all humanity, Christ excluded, is sinful by both birth and action (Gen. 6:5; Ps. 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:23; 5:8, 12-21; 7:18; Eph. 2:1-3). 
  • the deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death (Gen. 2:15-17, 3:19; Rom. 5:12, 6:23; Jas. 1:14-15). 
  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was
born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matt. 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Col. 1:15- 20; Heb. 1:1-3). 
  • Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; 1 Pet. 3:18). 
  • Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25; 1 Cor. 15:12-34; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16; Heb. 9:28; 1 John 3:2; Rev. 1:7). 

  • there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 
Acts 24:15). 

  • only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:21-26; 
1 Tim. 2:5-6). 

Statement of Theological Distinctives

While the doctrines expressed in the Statement of Basic Beliefs are recognized to be universal and primary within the Church, there are a number of secondary beliefs that we are passionate to proclaim. Not all Christians hold these beliefs, but they are nonetheless important and true as we understand the Scriptures. Complete agreement is not required for the sake of membership, but it should be known that we will preach, teach and counsel in accordance with these convictions. 

These distinctives represent five areas of doctrine and practice: 

  1. Divine Sovereignty
  2. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  3. The Complementary Roles of Men and Women
  4. Believer’s Baptism by Immersion
  5. The Relationship of God’s Glory to Man’s Joy