Beliefs

Grounded In The Gospel

What is the gospel?

The gospel is the good news about God’s grace invading our broken world through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That though we have all sinned and daily fall short of God’s good design, Jesus lived the perfect life we fail to and died as a substitutionary sacrifice – sufficient to make righteous all who would believe (2 Cor. 5:21). The way we are saved is not by earning our way back to God with moral behavior, but by believing in the gospel — that Jesus has done for us what we could never do for ourselves, and we are forever loved in spite of us because of Him. The gospel of God’s redeeming grace is at the heart of all Christian doctrine and living. Therefore, we want all that takes in place in our church and lives to be driven by this good news.

Basic Beliefs

These 11 points articulate the most basic and essential points of Christian doctrine. These beliefs are a summary of what the Bible proclaims about the central matters of our faith and are absolutely foundational to our church.

1. The 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.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

2. The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Scripture: Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6

3. God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

4. 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.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16

5. 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.
Scripture: John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

6. Regeneration

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.
Scripture: Genesis 1:26; 3; John 3:16; 5:24; 8:12; Romans 3:19; 5:19; 8:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10,15; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17

7. 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 on 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.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10, 19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Titus 3:5, John 1:12-13; Titus 3:5

8. Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10

9. 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 the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

10. Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that 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.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12

11.Human Sexuality & Marriage

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.

Scripture: Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:1-9)

12. 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 judgement, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Scripture: Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15

Theological Distinctives

These theological distinctives mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing Christians. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will preach, teach and counsel on the basis of them.

We are Gospel-Centered

We believe the Bible is one big story about God redeeming His fallen creation. Every text of Scripture finds its ultimate fulfillment and power in the gospel, and so we preach the gospel every week. The gospel is not just how we get into the Christian life, but it’s how we stay in and grow in the Christian life all the way to Glory, so everything we do as a church is centered on, shaped, and driven by the gospel.

We are Reformed

We believe that God is sovereign over all things, and there is no aspect of life that is outside of His ultimate control. Without excusing human responsibility in any way, God is even responsible for drawing sinners to Himself in faith and repentance.  Our doctrine can be accurately referred to as “Reformed” theology in our view of God, human nature, sin, and salvation.

We are Complementarian

We believe God created men and women in His image — equal in value and worth. In God’s good design He made men and women complementary to one another, with distinct in roles and responsibilities in the family and church. Where men and women embrace this unique design, humanity flourishes.

We are Credo–Baptistic

We believe baptism is an ordinance given by Jesus to those who have believed the gospel — as an outward symbol of the inward reality that has already taken place in their life at conversion.