Our Doctrine

What does the Bible say about God, Jesus, man, sin, or salvation? What does the Bible say about itself? Our doctrinal statement affirms what we believe about these and other important Christian truths. Our full doctrinal statement is available for download at the bottom of this page.

To see how our doctrine shapes our priorities—that is, our distinctives—click here.

The Bible

We believe the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant word, his self-revelation to mankind.

The Trinity

We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; equal in authority, power and glory and always acting in unity.

God the Son

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came from heaven and was born of a virgin. He was the God-man, perfect in His humanity. He lived, was crucified, died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and three days later arose from the dead. His death was substitutionary and propitiatory, instead of sinners and satisfying God’s wrath with sin, and therefore is the only and all-sufficient sacrifice for sins. He now sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for believers.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit: exalts Jesus Christ; convicts men of sin; righteousness and judgment; regenerates, indwells, and empowers believers to live righteous and holy lives.

Man & Sin

We believe man was created by God and in His image, but Adam’s sin caused separation from God for all mankind. Man is born with a sin nature and is under the sentence of death.

Salvation by Grace Alone

We believe salvation is the free gift of God offered to mankind by grace, not works, and received by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, resulting in eternal life which cannot be lost.

The Great Commission

We believe the great commission, given to us by Jesus Christ, compels us to share the Gospel message with others, and to baptize and disciple those who put their trust in Him through the faithful teaching of His word. The great commission finds its full expression in the planting and building up of local churches.

The Church

We believe the church, known as the body of Christ, is the universal family of those who have received Jesus Christ as personal savior. This universal church is made up of local churches, composed of believers who are strengthened together in worship, prayer, edification and fellowship in order to share God’s truth with unbelievers as Jesus has instructed.

Baptism & Communion

We believe in two ordinances for believers: baptism by immersion; and communion, which is the remembrance of Christ’s death until He returns. These ordinances provide expressions of faith regarding our identification and fellowship with Christ and other believers and have no merit for salvation or standing before God.

The Resurrection of the Dead

We believe there will be a resurrection of believers unto eternal life and a resurrection of unbelievers unto eternal and conscious punishment.

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the second bodily coming of Jesus Christ to set up a literal kingdom on earth which will last one thousand years and will be followed by the eternal state and the new heavens and earth.