We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, and as the only basis for our beliefs. This church accepts The Baptist Faith and Message as a general statement of our faith. The following is a brief summary of that statement:
1. About God
God is the creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three distinct persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1Peter 1:2, 1Corinthians 13:14.
2. About Man
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although created to have close fellowship with God, he fell into sin in the person of the first man, Adam. Since that time, all men are marred by sin, which consists of attitudes and actions of disobedience toward God. This sin separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1,2.
3. About Eternity
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God in conscious punishment is Hell. To be eternally united with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, John 2:25, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, Matthew 1:8, Matthew 2:44, 46.
4. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign eternally as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14,15, 1Corinthians 15:3,4, Romans 1:3,4, Acts 1:9-11, 1Timothy 6:14,15, Titus 2:13.
5. About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8,9, John 1: 12; 14:6, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1.
6. About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer continues in faith throughout his life by the grace and keeping power of God and is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by God’s grace and power, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29, 2Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14, 1Peter 1:3-5.
7. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2Corintians 3:17, John 14:16,17; 16:7-13, Acts 1:8, 1Corintians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13; 5:1, Galatians 5:25.
8. About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2Timothy 1:13; 3:16, 2Peter 1:20,21, Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160, Proverbs 30:5.