Who We Are
We Are Believers
A believer has admitted his need (“I am a sinner”), and turned from his sins (repented). He believes that Jesus Christ died for him on the cross and rose from the grave. He has confessed his sins, and he has, through prayer, invited Jesus Christ to control his life through the Holy Spirit (received Him as Savior and Lord).
Acts 3:19, John 3:36, 1 John 1:9, and John 1:12
Without inviting Jesus Christ to control us through the Holy Spirit, we are hopelessly separated from God. While God created us to be in perfect relationship with him, sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, and we have been separated from God ever since. No amount of good living, church attendance, Bible reading, or anything else can bridge that separation. The only way is through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to live and die, taking on the price for all sins of the world – death.
If we are believers, God no longer sees our sin when He looks at us. Instead, He sees Jesus and his holiness and perfection because Jesus paid the debt for all the sins we have ever and will ever commit. First Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” Therefore, because our sin no longer stands between us and God, we can go to God freely and have a relationship with him.
What We Believe
As an evangelical church, we believe there are essentials to the Christian faith that affect our salvation, are clear in scripture, and that our agreement and unity are based on them. However, we also recognize that there are beliefs that Christians may view differently. Our approach is:
In essential beliefs we have UNITY.
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…”
In non-essential beliefs we have LIBERTY.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
In all our beliefs we show CHARITY.
“…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
From Our Bylaws
Article 2 – Core Beliefs
About the Bible
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
We believe that God created Heaven and Earth. He created man in His own image.
Genesis 1:1-2, Colossians 1:16-17
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death for our sins, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
John 3:16, Luke 1:34-35, 2 Corinthians 5:21,
1 Peter 2:24, Romans 1:4, Matthew 24:44
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, transformation by the Holy Spirit is essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
1) We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith as we turn from sin and trust in Christ as personal Lord and Savior;
2) We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection to eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
About Our Church
We believe in Christ’s great commission and great commandment to love one another.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the only ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Our church practices baptism of believers by immersion.
Copies of the complete Membership Manual are available from the church office.