Statement of Faith

  1. We believe that the Holy Bible, written by men, divinely inspired and of truth without error, is a perfect rule of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
  2. We believe in one God, in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6
  3. We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, that He died the sacrificial death on the cross, that He overcame death by His resurrection and that He will be coming again. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; 24:46; John 3:14-17; 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:23-25; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 19:16; 22:7-21
  4. We believe that humanity, once holy, fell by voluntary transgression from that happy state, and is now utterly void of holiness. All people, by nature and by choice, are sinners. Genesis 1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12-21; 7:18
  5. We believe that sinners are saved by grace alone. Acts 15:11; Romans 3:23-24; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9
  6. We believe that people are justified by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 3:21-31; Philippians 3:8-9
  7. We believe that salvation is free to all who will accept the gospel. John 3:16- 17; Romans 10:8-15; Revelation 22:17
  8. We believe that, except a person be born again by the Holy Spirit, he or she is not qualified or prepared for the kingdom of Christ on earth, or to enjoy God’s glory hereafter. John 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:1-10
  9. We believe that repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are the duties of everyone who hears the gospel. Luke 5:32; 13:3; Acts 17:30-31; 20:21; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 3:23
  10. We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God by which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners. John 6:37-39; Romans 8:29- 30; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2:10; 2 Peter 1:10
  11. We believe that sanctification, begun in regeneration, and ever progressive, is the process by which we are made to partake of God’s holiness. 1 Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 3:10; Hebrews 10:14; 12:14
  12. We believe in the preservation of the saints: that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 1
  13. We believe that God’s law is the only eternal and unchangeable rule of His church and moral government. Matthew 5:17; 22:36-40; 24:35; Mark 12:28-31; John 13:34-35
  14. We believe that a local church is a congregation of baptized believers, united in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances and obeying the laws of Christ; and that its officers are pastors and deacons. Acts 6:1-7; Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:13; Ephesians 4:4-5, 11-13; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 2:9
  15. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42
  16. We believe that only born-again believers should partake of the Lord’s Supper. Matthew 26:30; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 11:17-34
  17. We believe that the Lord’s Day (Sunday) should be joyfully and devoutly observed as a day of rest and worship in accordance with New Testament teachings. Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:24-25
  18. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, and that community, state, and national leaders should be obeyed, when the laws they seek to enforce are not in conflict with the gospel. Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:11-17
  19. We believe in the future bodily resurrection of the dead. Romans 8:19-25; 1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15
  20. We believe in the judgment; and that, in that day, the righteous and wicked will be separated forever. As a result, the righteous will be made happy forever in heaven, and the wicked miserable forever in hell. Matthew 25:30-46; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:3-4
  21. We believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 19:32; 24:17; Psalm 127:3; 139:13-18; James 3:9-10
  22. We believe that God created humanity distinctly as male and female. Genesis 1:27; Mark 10:6
  23. We believe that marriage is a monogamous, heterosexual union instituted and ordained by God. We believe that the husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. Both have distinct rolls within the family with the husband being responsible for leading the family. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7; Ephesians 5:22-33

In all of these doctrinal, moral, and ecclesial matters, we believe that God’s Word
is the final and sufficient authority. In addition to this statement of faith,
we also affirm the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).