We believe the Bible is the authoritative, inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God being the sufficient source of divine truth for our understanding and knowledge of God and His plan for our lives. (1 Tim. 3:15-17; John 17:17)
We believe and proclaim a high-view of God, meaning, that He is the sovereign creator of all things, that He providentially controls all things and that He is transcendent above both His creation and creatures. He is the Most High God who is to be exclusively worshiped. (Job 3)
We believe and proclaim a high-view of the gospel. By a high-view we mean that the gospel or “good news” is about what God has done on behalf of sinners. Man, through Adam’s disobedience inherited a sin nature and is by nature an object of God’s wrath.
Having a sin nature, man is completely unable to make himself right before God or reconcile himself to God. Man does not seek God on his own and his works cannot please God or earn any merit or favor with God. However, God according to His love and mercy sent His Son Jesus Christ to die, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of sins and to resurrect confirming His victory over sin.
Through faith in Christ alone, God applies the blood of Christ to the repentant sinner, redeeming him and granting him forgiveness, and at the same time imputing the righteousness of Christ to his account. It is through Christ’s righteousness that the sinner then gains a right standing before God. Finally, through faith, the repentant sinner receives the impartation of new spiritual life (Romans 5:18-19; Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 1:21-23)
We believe and proclaim a high-view of the church meaning that the church is the very possession of God, an assembly of believers that through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ, God has redeemed from the dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son. (Acts 20:28; Colossians 1:13-14)
We believe in a formal committed church membership and in the full participation of each member in the body of Christ. All believers are baptized into Christ’s body which is the church, at the moment of salvation. Through an active church membership the believer will experience the full reality of his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and express what Christ has made him, a member of His body. (1 Corinthians 12:12-21)
We believe in the power of prayer. Prayer is a gift from God through which each individual believer and the church corporately communes with God. All of our work for God is accomplished for Him as we rely on Him through prayer. (John 15)
We believe in the priority of expository preaching. Our pastors seek to expose the Word of God to His people in a verse by verse style allowing the explained Word of God to pierce heart and mind. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
We believe in the necessity of a plurality of biblically qualified elders to shepherd and lead the flock of God. (Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-11)
Doctrines of Grace
We believe and are committed to the doctrine of God’s sovereignty in salvation. God, because of His loving-kindness and mercy initiates the process in every believer. Without His divine powerful work in the heart of man, no man would believe in Christ and be saved. (Ephesians 2:5; Titus 3:1-5)
We believe that God through the Holy Spirit gave spiritual gifts in the New Testament that were “temporary” in nature. These gifts would include healings, miracles, tongues, interpretation of tongues and the gift of prophecy. These gifts were given to validate the message of the gospel confirm the ministry of the Apostles and establish the church. We believe these gifts have ceased to exist and we are not in pursuit of them today. (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; Hebrews 2:2-4; Romans 15:18-19; Hebrews 1:1-2; Titus 3:1-5)
We believe in a dispensational view of the End Times. Our understanding of dispensationalism can be summed up in the following six statements:
- We believe that the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament does not cancel out the meaning or original intent of the Old Testament passage.
- We do not believe that Israel is a “type” that is superseded by the church.
- We believe the church and Israel are distinct and that the church is not a “new” Israel.
- We believe there is a unity in salvation in the New Testament for both Jews and Gentiles and a future role for national Israel.
- We believe the nation of Israel will be saved and restored and have a unique role in the millennial reign of Christ.
- We believe that God will literally fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel that are recorded in the Old Testament.