The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe (click on each heading to see more).
We believe the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God and is the revelation of God to man. It is infallible and the final authoritative rule of faith and conduct. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Mark 1:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Romans 5:5-6)
We believe in God the Father as the one and only true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is revealed as one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Matthew 18:10-14; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6)
We believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten and eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, lived sinless life, taught and performed miracles. We believe in his substitutionary death for the forgiveness of our sins, bodily resurrection from the dead and His ascension into heaven and exaltation at the right hand of God the Father, his intercession for His people, and His return for the Church (Luke1:31-35; Hebrews 7:26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Philippians 2:9-11)
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide (John 16:8; Acts 1:4-8; 2:4; Galatians 5:22-25)
We believe man is the special creation of God, in His own image. God created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation, yet man willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God and brought sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19; Rom. 3:23, 15:6; Rev. 4:11)
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
We believe salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:8-10)
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 an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:11-16)
We believe all Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society … in the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the ages, the helpless, and the sick. (Matthew 5:13-16, 6:10; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9)
We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 9:37-38; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:1-2)
We believe marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. We believe that all sexual intimacy should be reserved exclusively for the marriage relationship. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. (Genesis 2:22-24; Genesis 1:26-27; 33:5; Ephesians 5:22-33)
We believe that from conception to natural death all human life is created by God in his image and is therefore sacred. Human life is of inestimable worth including the pre-born, the aged, the infirm and those with physical and mental disabilities (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 9:5-6; Deut. 5:17; Ps. 139:13-16; Pr. 23:22; Jer. 1:5; Lk. 12:6-7).
We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
We believe Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal. (Romans 2:14-15)
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. (1 Corinthians 14:40; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 4:3)
We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly … the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. (Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6)