What We Believe

We Believe...

  1. The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, is verbally and totally inspired and free from error in the whole and in the part, and is therefore the final and authoritative guide for faith and life (conduct).   II Timothy 3:16-17
  2. There is one God eternally existent in three distinct persons in one divine essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Eph. 4:6; II Cor. 13:14
  3. God the Father has revealed Himself to us as the Creator of the world and its Preserver, to whom the entire creation and all creatures are subject.   Rom. 1:20
  4. Man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God to live in His fellowship.  He fell into sin through the temptation of Satan and thereby lost fellowship with God.  As a result all men are both in total depravity and are under the wrath of God.  Only those who trust in Christ’s death on the cross can be restored to fellowship with God.    Rom. 5:12-14
  5. Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son, is the image of the invisible God.  To accomplish our redemption, He took upon Himself the form of man, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  By His perfect obedience and substitutionary death on the cross, He has purchased our redemption. By rising from the dead He secured justification and eternal salvation for all who truly trust in Him.  He ascended into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father, as our interceding High Priest.  He will come a second time personally, bodily and visibly to gather the believers to Himself.  Finally He will judge the living and he dead, inflicting eternal destruction on those who do not know God and give entrance to heaven and eternal rewards to those who have trusted Jesus Christ.   Col 1:15; Phil. 2:6-11
  6. The Holy Spirit is a divine person eternally one with the Father and with the Son.  His ministry is to call, to regenerate sinners, to sanctify believers and to preserve them in fellowship with Jesus Christ.  He guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the Church in the fulfillment of the Great Commission and “convicts the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment”.    I Cor. 2:11b-14; John 16:7-15
  7. The knowledge and blessings of a life in Christ are singularly attributable to the gift of God’s grace.  Our justification, sanctification and glorification are the result of grace plus nothing.  God does use certain means or tools to establish His saints such as:  the Word (the two edged sword of Law and Gospel), Prayer (direct communication with God), Fellowship (oneness among believers), Spiritual Gifts (each believer has at least one such gift for edification of other believers), the Lord’s Supper (the Body and Blood of the Lord given as an assurance of His love and forgiveness) and Baptism (God’s testimony and seal for those who become members of the household of God).  No one is assured of Salvation simply because he has used one or all of these means or tools.  Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.  Every person must come to a point of spiritual enlightenment regardless of his participation with any of the above named activities or opportunities.  Eph. 2:8,9; John 15:7; John 16:24; Heb. 10:24-25; I Peter 4:10; I Cor. 11:26; Acts 2:38
  8. The Church Universal consists of all those who truly believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior.  The local congregation is the Communion of Saints, true believers, the physical manifestation of the Body of Christ.  Therefore, it follows that the membership of the local congregation shall comprise only those who by life and testimony show that they are living in fellowship with Jesus Christ.  We practice the autonomy of the local congregation.  The synod has an advisory function rather than a ruling function.  It’s power to rule extends to the cooperative efforts of the congregations of the synod and not to the local congregation.  I Tim. 3:15; Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5

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