What We Believe
We believe in the inerrancy (free from error) of Scripture, that the Bible — Old and New Testaments — is the inspired, infallible, Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God the Father is the personal, transcendent and sovereign Creator of all things.
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us. After Jesus ascended to heaven, He poured out His Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.
We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that they are proven valid for today if they are exercised within Scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love so that the whole body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than any spiritual gift, no matter how impressive it might seem, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life in Heaven, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal life in Hell.
We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe that the second coming of Christ with His saints to rule on earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible.
What We Don’t Believe
We reject the idea that true Christians can be demon possessed. We reject the extreme positions of both Calvinism and Arminianism.
We reject the idea of “positive confession” (a belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will or desire).
We reject the idea of human prophecy, which supersedes or bypasses Scripture.
We reject the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology or philosophy into Biblical teaching.
We reject the overemphasis of spiritual gifts or experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Bible teaching.
Application of What We Believe
We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’ (agape) love, which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
We believe worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we place great emphasis on music in our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of God’s Word that He might instruct us how He should be worshipped.
We believe that worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit. By His indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and to be a witness for Christ. We also believe that His power, gifts, and enablement are available to all believers today.
We believe in the inerrancy (free from error) of Scripture, therefore our ministry emphasizes the exposition of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation, line upon line, precept upon precept. We also seek to teach God’s Word in such a way that its message can be applied to an individuals life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ.
We believe it is important to uphold the Scriptural practices of the early church. Therefore, we hold to the practice of water baptism (immersion) and the regular taking of communion. We do not believe that either of these practices are essential for salvation, but that they serve as a demonstration of our living faith in Christ.
In our services, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer and in the teaching of the Word of God. We teach both expositionally (going through scripture line by line, studying and analyzing) and topically (building the message around a particular Scripture verse or verses). We do not allow speaking in tongues during services, nor prophecy while a Bible study is in progress because we do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself. We have specific “afterglow” services and believers’ meetings where these gifts of the Spirit are exercised.