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Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith

  • The Scriptures. The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error. It is the supreme and final authority for all matters of Christian life and belief.
  • God is Triune. There is one true and living God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who are equal in every divine perfection and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in all the work of the Godhead.
  • Man was created by God, both male and female, in His own image, but through his sin incurred physical and spiritual death. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
  • The Gospel is the good news of God’s saving actions towards sinners through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, took on human nature, lived a sinless life, and died a substitutionary death for sinners.
  • Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus Christ and His death on their behalf receives forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.
  • Sanctification. The Holy Spirit works progressively to transform genuine believers more and more into the image of Christ. His work is carried on in our hearts through such appointed means as the study of Scripture, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers. The Holy Spirit also empowers believers for Christian witness and service and gives gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, the church.
  • The Church. The universal church, composed of genuine followers of Christ, exists to worship, serve, and glorify God. All members of the universal church are to be vitally committed members of a local church, where they receive pastoral care and the opportunity to employ their God-given gifts in His service.
  • The Consummation. Jesus Christ will return to the earth, personally and visibly, to establish His kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved to endless joy, living and reigning with Christ, and the lost to endless punishment away from the benevolent presence of God.

Family Life Values Statement

  1. Parents have the responsibility to develop and maintain a godly atmosphere in the home by exercising control over inappropriate influences and by providing an effective Christian role model to children. (Joshua 24:14-15, Ephesians 5:1-21, 6:4, Colossians 3:1-25)
  2. Parents have the responsibility to teach biblical principles and truths to their children and make relevant applications of God’s Word to the family’s circumstances. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Ephesians 6:4)
  3. Parents have the responsibility to demonstrate faith to their children through personal devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ and through faithful involvement in a local church. (Acts 2: 46-47, Hebrews 10:25)
  4. Parents have the responsibility to demonstrate a biblical example of marriage and fidelity as noted in the following statement.

Statement on Gender, Marriage and Sexuality

God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a male or female (Psalm 139:13-16). These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of God's design of the image of God within that person.

Marriage is ordained by God as a covenantal union between one genetic male and one genetic female, established at creation and affirmed by the Lord Jesus and his apostles (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Colossians 3:18-22, Hebrews 13:4).

Marriage is intended to reflect the union between Christ and the Church.  Both men and women are made in the image of God and therefore have equal dignity and worth.  It is also true that a husband and a wife have been given different roles within the marriage relationship in order to fulfill God’s design.  A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, while a wife is to submit herself to the loving leadership of her husband just as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 11:3-12).

Sexual acts outside of the bounds of marriage, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, polygamy, and any other sexually immoral practice, are prohibited by God and unprofitable for man. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4)