Seeking to serve the needs of the church and community by:
• Providing a holistic approach to ministry (mind, body and soul)
• Reaching and teaching the lost through Outreach and Evangelism
• Aiding the Disenfranchised through Mission, Outreach, Evangelism and Benevolence
Equipping God’s People for His Purpose
What We Believe
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed and opinions shall be tried.
The True God
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy, of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in unity of Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious office in the great work of redemption.
The Fall of Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that man created in holiness, under the law of the Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
The Way of Salvation
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel Blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us unto a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
We believe the Scriptures teach that adoption is a gracious act, by which the Father, for the sake of Christ accepts believers to the estate and condition of the children, by new and spiritual birth; sending the Spirit of adoption into their hearts, whereby they become members of the family of God, entitled to all rights, privileges and promises of children; and if children, then heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, to the hope of eternal life.
We believe the Scriptures teach faith, as an evangelical grace wrought by the Spirit, is the medium through which Christ is received by the soul as its sacrifice and Savior. It is an assent of the mind and consent of the heart, consisting mainly of belief and trust; the testimony of God is implicitly accepted and believed as true, while Christ is unreservedly trusted for salvation; by it the believer is bought into vital relations with God, freely justified and lives as seeing Him who is invisible. Faith cannot save, but reveals Christ to the soul as a willing and sufficient Savior, and commits the heart and life to Him.
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance is a personal act, prompted by the Spirit; and consists in a godly sorrow for sin, as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; that it is accompanied with great humiliation in view of one’s sin and guilt, together with prayer and pardon; also by sincere hatred of sin, and a persistent turning away from, and abandonment of, all that is evil and unholy. Since none are sinless in this life, repentance needs to be often repeated.
God’s Purpose and Grace
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, trust in God and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers in His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; that it is carried on in the ears of
believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means — especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer; and in the practice of all godly exercises and duties.
The Perseverance of Saints
We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and finally perish, but will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are
kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
The Law and the Gospel
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their sinful nature; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the Holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.
A Gospel Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers and bishops or pastors, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistle to Timothy and Titus.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in the water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
The Christian Sabbath
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day: and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity, by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest that remain for the people of God.
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of Kings of the Earth. Civil rulers have no right of control over, or of interference with religious matters.
Righteous and Wicked
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue to impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in this life after death.
The World to Come
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the Last Day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless sorrow, and the righteous to endless joy; and this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.