Why we exist:

This body exists by the power of God to and for the glory of God.  Bringing glory to God is our primary aim because it is God’s primary aim (Exod 6:6-7, 9:14-16; Isa 11:9; Num 14:21; Hab 2:14; John 17:1-5, 24; Eph 1:11-14; Rev 4:8, 11, 5:9-12, 7:9-12, 19:6-7). Because God is glorified as His people are increasingly conformed to the image of His Son (Rom 8:28-29), the primary function of this body is the proclamation of the Word of God, heralded in word and modeled in deed, that the saints might be taught, reproved, corrected, and trained in righteousness, to the end that we would be complete and equipped for ministry (2 Tim 3:16-17; Eph 4:11-12), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:13). 

What we believe:

1. The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. (Matt 5:17-18; 2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21)
2. The Nature of God: There is one and only one living and true God. His is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 1:1-3, 4:24; Acts 1:7-9)
3. Man and Sin: Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin. Man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Gen 1:26-28, 2:4-7; Acts 17:26-31; Rom 1:19-32, 3:10-18, 23; Eph 2:1-22)
4. Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who repent of their sin and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. By His own blood, Jesus Christ obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation includes justification, sanctification, and glorification. Justification is a work of God’s grace whereby believers are counted righteous in the sight of God the Father because of the work of God the Son, as applied to the believer by the work of God the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is increasingly conformed to the image of the Son of God through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.  Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. (John 1:11-14, 3:3-21, 36: Acts 4:12, 16:30-31; Rom 6:1-14, 8:28-39; Phil 2:12-13; Rev 21:1-22:5)
5. The Church: A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Matt 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Eph 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:8-11,21, 5:22-32; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
6. The Ordinances: Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Mark 14:22-26; Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Rom 6:3-5; 1 Cor 10:16, 21, 11:23-29)
7. Last Things: God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. (Mark 8:38, 9:42-49; John 14:1-4; Acts 1:11; 1 Thes 4:14-18, 5:1-11; Rev 20:11-22:17)
8. Evangelism and Missions: It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:13-15)
9. Gender: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s good design. (Gen 1:26-27)
10. Marriage and Sexuality: We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage. God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to compliment each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:9)
11. Redemption and Restoration: We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Matt 18:15-17) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are neither in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.