Below are excerpts from our Doctrinal Statement. You can download the full document here.

  • The scriptures

    We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; God-breathed, infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts; having been written by human authors carried along by the Holy Spirit, that it has God for its author and salvation for its end, and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. 

  • of the true god

    We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

  • of the fall and its effect on humanity

    We believe that Adam, appointed representative of the human race, was created in holiness, under the law of his maker but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state and as a consequence every person is now a sinner, both by nature and by choice and is in a state of radical depravity, meaning every dimension of his being is distorted by sin. Apart from the grace of God, fallen man treats sin as his master, God as an enemy, the message of the cross as foolishness, possessing neither the desire nor the ability to love God, to keep His laws, to understand the gospel, to repent of sin, or to trust in Christ and is therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

  • of christ and the way of salvation

    We believe that according to His eternal plan, God sent His Son into the world to save sinners; that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, though tempted in all things was without sin and lived a life of perfect obedience; that he died on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for sins, absorbing God’s wrath, and paying our penalty forever finishing the substitutionary work of atonement for his people by the shedding of his blood; that he rose victoriously from the dead and is now enthroned in heaven, affirming both his deity and his authority; and that he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

  • of the freeness of salvation

    We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a glad, penitent, and obedient faith; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in aggravated condemnation.

  • of the grace of election

    We believe that before the foundation of the world, God elected a great multitude of men and women to eternal life as an act of His sovereign grace alone, in no way dependent upon His foresight of human faith, decision, works, or merit. In the unsearchable realm of God's sovereign will, all men remain responsible beings, subject to God's commands to repent and believe, and accountable to God for their rebellion, impenitence, and rejection of Christ. We believe that election is a most glorious display of God's sovereign grace, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise and trust in God.

  • of regeneration

    We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.

  • of repentance and faith

    We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, King and Treasure, and relying on Him alone as the only and all sufficient Savior.

  • of justification

    We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, that it 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 into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

  • of sanctification

    We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is accomplished only through the power of the cross and the application of the Gospel to our daily living; that it is carried on in the hearts 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, prayer and fellowship, - and in all of this Christ is supremely treasured and increasingly pursued.

  • of the perseverance of the saints

    We believe that only those who endure unto the end are true believers; 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. Perseverance is not a human accomplishment but a work of God through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who creates, sustains, and nourishes a living, growing, transforming, and enduring faith in all true believers.

  • of the new covenant

    We believe that the New Covenant66 has been established through the redemptive work of Christ, the blessings of which are only received by grace through faith; that Christ has fulfilled the Old Covenant thereby making it obsolete; that God's final words of revelation, 

  • of a gospel church

    We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of those who have been brought to faith and repentance, have been baptized and whose lives give evidence of conversion, 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 are elders – men called to teach and govern as shepherds and overseers of the body; and deacons – men and women called to serve the church; whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the letters to Timothy and Titus. We believe that every aspect of faith and practice must be deliberately grounded in and energized by the redemptive work of Christ.

  • of evangelism

    We believe that the church has the privileged mandate to liberally, indiscriminately, accurately, and systematically evangelize the lost at home and abroad, being heartened by the glorious reality that God has a people for His name from every tribe, tongue, kindred, and nation. It is the calling of every local church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded. It is a priority in evangelism to unite new believers with local churches.

  • of baptism and the lord's supper

    We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful picture, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; and that baptism is the visible sign of membership in the Body of Christ. We believe that in the Lord's Supper, believers in Jesus, after solemn self-examination, by the sacred use of bread and wine, commemorate together the dying love of Christ, and their participation in the New Covenant.

  • of last things

    We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of the dead, the establishment of His kingdom, the final separation of Satan with his hosts and all those outside of Christ from the benevolent presence of God which will eternally demonstrate His justice; and the everlasting joy of the righteous serving God and giving Him unending praise and glory which will eternally demonstrate His mercy.

  • of the glory of god

    We believe that Christians must live for God’s glory alone through their awareness and enjoyment of His Person, submission to His authority and reliance upon His goodness. In truth, all things that have or will transpire, serve to glorify God as their highest purpose.