The following statement affirms fundamental teachings of the Christian faith, a virtual consensus of “things which are most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1) together with those of “like precious faith” (2 Peter 1:1). It also includes some of the distinctive positions we hold and serves as a concise declaration of our beliefs.
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, who alone are co-equal, co-eternal, and con-substantial.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His preexistence, in His virgin birth and humanity, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal bodily return in power and glory.
- We believe faith, repentance, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit to be absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful people, that all have sinned, that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, and that all who believe, trusting Jesus as their Savior and Lord, can and will be saved.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whom the Christian is indwelt and empowered to live a godly life, to be an effective witness, and to perform the works of Christ.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved unto eternal life, and those that are lost unto everlasting punishment.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the necessity of the local church, cooperation in kingdom endeavors, and the pursuit of greater unity in the faith.
Distinctives & Fellowship
Having affirmed that the Bible is authoritative in all matters of life and faith, we seek to be biblical in our doctrine and practice without becoming excessively dogmatic or doctrinaire. This is especially so with regard to our distinctive positions and other non-essential beliefs. After all, “we see through a glass darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Furthermore, we acknowledge that all believers are called to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:18), and that we are not all at the same place in that process. Gospel fellowship is, and out to be, predicated on one’s faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
That is all. That is enough.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.