This is what we preach

 

Bible - We believe the Old (39 books) and New (27 books) Testaments are the infallible word of God, without error in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in life, faith, practice, and Church governance (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

Trinity - We believe in one God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; I Timothy 2:5).


Holy Birth - We believe that Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. Mary was blessed among women in that she was chosen to carry in her womb that which is of the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Son of God. Jesus died for the sins of those who would believe in him including Mary, her other children, and the rest of the elect. We believe Jesus is the only mediator between God and men (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:23, Matthew 12:46, 1 Timothy 2:5).

Substitution - We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of God, died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the penal substitutionary atonement for man and that all
who believe in Him by faith are justified by faith, their sins having been atoned by the blood of Christ (I Peter 2:24; John 3:16; Ephesians. 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 3:28).

Sin - We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12). All are born sinners and are sinners by nature, thus man sins because he is a sinner. The sinful state of man leaves him spiritually dead and requires regeneration, new birth, in order to hear the word of God which enables man to have the faith required to believe that Jesus died for our sins and God raised him for the dead (II Corinthians 5:17-21; John 3:7, Romans 10: 1-17).

Resurrection - We believe in the physical and bodily resurrection of Jesus our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us as Intercessor, High Priest, and Advocate (I Corinthians 15:3-4, 20-23; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1; I Timothy 2:5).
 

Salvation - We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ Jesus alone, as revealed by the Scriptures alone, all for the Glory of God alone. All who are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus become the children of God and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; I Corinthians 6:19; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13,14).
 

Saved Once - We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure forever (John 10:27-30; John 3:16; John 6:37-40; I John 5:11-13; Ephesians 1:13-14).

Judgment - We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell (Daniel 12:2; I Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 20:10-15; I Corinthians. 15:35-57).
 

Baptism - We believe that the scriptures set forth immersion as the only method of baptism because it pictures the believer's death, burial, and resurrection with Christ into newness of life, and is a commandment given by the Lord to all believers. Baptism by immersion is therefore a public proclamation of the inner work of salvation through Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus set for us an example of the only method of Baptism which is immersion, by He himself being immersed in the river Jordan (Acts 8:36, 37; Matthew. 3:15-17; Mark 1:9; Matthew. 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12).

Communion - We believe that the "bread" (Matthew 26:26) and "fruit of the vine" (Matthew 26:29) used in the observance of the Lord's Supper are symbolic of the broken body and poured out blood of the Lord Jesus, and that partaking of these elements as a commandment given by the Lord to all who believe. Communion is a sacred ordinance and should never be taken in an unworthy manner (I Corinthians. 11:17-32; Luke 22:19).

Satan - We believe that Satan is literal and personal, the agent of the Fall, the prince and power of this world, and that he, who is the declared enemy of God and man, shall be judged and eternally punished (Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 20:1- 10).

Marriage and Gender –

(Marriage) We Believe and affirm that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and His bride the Church.

 

(Gender) We believe and affirm that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in His own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female both in sex and gender. We thus believe and affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-24; Ex. 20:14; 20:17; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:18, 21; 22:5; Judges 19:22; II Samuel 11:1-12:15; Job 31:1; Psalms 51:1-19; Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:20-35; 7:1-27; Isaiah 59:1; Malachi 2:14; Matthew 5:27–30; 19:4-6, 8-9, 12; Acts 15:20, 29; Romans 1:26–27; 1:32; I Corinthians 6:9–11, 18-20; 7:1-7; II Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:24; Ephesians 4:15, 20–24; 5:31–32; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; I Timothy 1:9–10, 15; II Timothy 2:22; Titus 2:11-12; Hebrews 13:4; James 1:14–15; I Peter 2:11; Jude 7).

 


Church Covenant
Approved 1998

This church accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, prayerfully interpreted by the Holy Spirit, as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Its understanding of Christian truth, as contained therein, is in essential accord with the beliefs of historical Baptist churches. In this spirit, this church adopts the following church covenant:

 

Having been led by the Spirit of God to profess faith in Jesus Christ, and having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do joyfully affirm our covenant with God and each other.

 

We pledge to serve Christ in the fellowship of this congregation. We shall endeavor to love one another, to remember one another in prayer, to share in each other's joys, and to sustain each other in times of distress. We aspire to be a fellowship of concerned people, where the lost may find Jesus Christ, sinners may find pardon, seekers may find meaning for their lives, and where all who come may find welcome. We shall strive to be responsible church members, through faithfulattendance, studying andgiving.    Assoon asweremove ourselves from this congregation, we will immediately seek fellowship and membership in another Christian church which upholds the spirit of this covenant.

 

We shall seek to be obedient to Christ in our daily living. Within our homes, in our labor, and while at leisure, we shall strive for attitudes and actions which will reflect God's Spirit working through us. Believing that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we shall endeavor to avoid experiences and habits which defile the body and hinder our witness.

 

Bound together in a fellowship of faith with all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we shall pray and labor for a spirit of unity among all Christians.

 

Believing that our call to be a church is a call to witness in the world, we dedicate ourselves anew as servants of the Lord of all life. Whenever people are in bondage to ignorance, poverty, fear or prejudice, we shall strive for justice, freedom, dignity and peace. Whenever people are separated by barriers of hostility and distrust, we shall be ministers of God's reconciling love. As we pledge our support to the work of our missionaries throughout the world, we commit ourselves to the mission to which God calls us.

 

Acknowledging our human frailties and ever seeking forgiveness, we profess our need of the Holy Spirit, and commit our lives to Jesus Christ, and through Him to the care, the judgment, and deliverance, and the mercy of Almighty God.