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What We Believe

From a broader historical perspective we find ourselves ‘in the camp’ of those who hold to the Five Solas. Those are:

  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

While we associate with the Southern Baptist Convention, as an autonomous church we have the following Statement of Faith.

  1. We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and are to be accepted in their entirety as the Holy Bible
  1. We believe in the one and only living and true God; eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  1. We believe that God the Father is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe.
  1. We believe that Jesus the Christ is the only begotten Son of God, fully God, fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a life of sinless perfection, was crucified for our sins, was buried, was resurrected on the third day to a glorified body appearing to his disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He bodily ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father in authority over all things, the head of His church, and the believer’s mediator
  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is present to convict the unbeliever and to comfort, strengthen, and instruct the believer such that Christ will be glorified
  1. We believe that every man as a descendant of Adam is a sinner by birth and because of his corrupt nature opposes God and His Law and therefore lives under the condemnation of sin and needs to be saved
  1. We believe that salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and is received through faith when the unbeliever repents of his sins and believes upon the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation
  1. We believe that salvation is a present and permanent possession because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
  1. We believe that the church, as a local body of like-minded, baptized believers, are bonded together for the purpose of proclamation, worship and service and its government is autonomous
  1. We believe that baptism by immersion in water is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ to every believer and is an ordinance of the church symbolizing the believer’s experience of a death to sin and a resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership
  1. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming
  1. We believe according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord
  1. We believe in the priesthood of the believer, which grants him the privilege of ministry in the household of God, including interceding in prayer on behalf of others to God and the interpretation of Scripture such that God is glorified and Christ is exalted
  1. We believe in the separation of church and state. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power
  1. We believe marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime, designed by God to be a picture of the relationship of the union between Christ and His church, and is the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord