Our Beliefs

As we are an independent non-denominational church it can be hard to peg us down. We come from different backgrounds and different traditions but we agree that the Word of God, the Bible, needs to be our source of truth and the guide to everything we do in our church and in our daily lives. With this in mind we’ve defined our beliefs on some of the main issues that are core to Christianity.

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God- breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13)

The Trinity

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, a substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2) We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption. (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)

The Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19)

Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gifts. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gifts are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8) We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15) We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God that is given to him. (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11)

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual community made up of all born-again persons. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11) We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4) We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26)



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