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What We Believe

The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be God’s absolute, objective
truth for all peoples in all times.[1] The Scriptures are the verbally inspired Word of God, the
final authority for faith, life and salvation; inerrant in the original writings.[2] We believe that the
established canon of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments is God’s final revelation to
mankind for this age.[3] We await the final revelation of Jesus Christ’s bodily return to make all
things new.[4]

The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons. These are the Father, Son
(Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit, who are jointly eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in
power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfectness, yet unique in their

We believe that humanity, male and female, is sacred in God’s eyes and was uniquely created
by Him, in His image and for His glory, to exercise dominion over all the earth and to enjoy a
relationship with Him forever. We believe that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful
nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable
to remedy his lost condition.[6]

We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and freely received by personal
trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of
our sins and to demonstrate His great love and glory.[7] We believe that salvation is the miracle
of being given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit of God, guaranteeing our adoption as children of
God and securing our status as heirs with Jesus Christ in God’s glory forever.[8] We believe
that genuine trust in Christ alone guarantees salvation and the fruit of good works in the
believer’s life.[9]

The Church
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual
organism made up of all truly saved persons of this present age and ages past and future.[10]
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches led by qualified elders is
taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.[11] We believe it is the obligation of
individual church members actively to support and participate in the ministries of the local
church. We believe that it is the obligation of the church to witness by life and by word to the
truths of Holy Scripture and to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.[12]

The Return of Christ
We believe in the “blessed hope,” the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will exercise judgment over all creation; both His redeemed ones and the unbelieving.[13]

The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to
judgment and everlasting punishment.[14] We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at
death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious rest they await the
resurrection; when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord in His
new creation.[15] We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
misery until the resurrection; when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at Christ’s
judgment. They will be sentenced to eternal separation from God; not to be annihilated, but to
suffer everlasting conscious punishment.[16]

In God’s design for humanity, life begins at fertilization.[17] He established the institution of
family through the union of one genetic man and one genetic woman in a marriage covenant for
life.[18] His design for the continuance of humanity is through the procreation and discipleship
of children within the marriage union.[19] Marriage is to be an example of the relationship
between Jesus Christ and His Church.[20]

Complementarianism (Gender Roles)
We believe that there are clear and distinctive roles between men and women in the New
Testament church. Men are called to be the primary leaders in the home and in the church.
Women are called to a complementary role as suitable helpers as originally given in the Garden
of Eden. We believe this is not a distinction of value or importance, but of role and function.
Women are called to serve as deacons or any other roles in church other than as elders or any
other position that will require a regular teaching role over men.[21]

[1] 2 Sam 7:28; Ps. 25:10, 33:4; John 17:17; Titus 1:2-3
[2] II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,21; Matt. 5:18; Jn. 16:12,13; I Cor. 2:13
[3] Heb. 1:1-3; Lk. 24:44-53; I Jn. 1:1-4
[4] I Pet 1:3-7; Rev. 21:1-8
[5] Gen. 1:26,27; 11:7; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:3-8; II Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-5; I Cor. 8:6
[6] Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7; 5:1-2; 9:6; Ps. 100:3; 119:73; Is. 43:7; 45:12; Acts 17:26; I Cor. 11:7; Jas. 3:9; Rom.
3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3,12
[7] Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; Jn. 1:12; I Pet. 1:13,19
[8] Eph. 2:1-9; Rom. 8:15, 18-21, 28-30, Ez. 36:24-27
[9] Jas. 2:20; Eph. 2:10; Tit. 2:11-14; I John
[10] Eph. 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 12;2
[11] Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-11
[12] Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10; II Cor. 5:19,20; Matt. 28:18-20
[13] I Thess. 4:13-18; Tit. 2:11-13; I Pet. 1:3-7; I Thess. 5:1,2; Mat. 7:21-23; Rev. 20:11-15
[14] Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28,29; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13
[15] Lk. 23:42; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16,17
[16] Lk. 16:19-26; Matt. 25:4-26; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7
[17] Ps. 51:5; 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Mat. 1:18; Lk. 1:31, 34-36
[18] Gen. 2:23-24; Mat. 19:4-6; I Tim. 3:2
[19] Gen 1:27-28; 9:1
[20] Eph. 5:22-32
[21] I Cor. 14:34-36; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; I Pet. 3:1; I Tim. 2:11-15