The necessity of sound doctrine in the church is a consistent theme of the New Testament. (1 Tim. 1:3-10, 4:16, 6:3, 2 Tim. 1:13, 3:16, 4:2, Titus 1:9-11, 2:1).
- It is essential to its spiritual health (Eph. 4:4-15)
- It is the standard by which the conduct of the church is evaluated (Titus 2:1)
- It is the faith the church contends for (Jude 3)
- It is the truth the church upholds (1 Tim. 3:15-16).
There is a very real sense in which we can say that the Bible is our creed, for right doctrine is an accurate and systematic statement of what the Bible teaches. It is impossible to discern right and sound doctrine without being a student of the Scriptures. Therefore, we affirm our dependence upon the Scriptures for our doctrine, and gladly uphold the Bible as our final authority.
The statement of doctrine outlined below is neither exhaustive nor infallible. Rather, it is a summary of those truths which we hold as foundational to the Christian faith. It has been formulated to fulfill three main functions:
- To stand as a contemporary confession of our faith.
- To identify us in a day of varied theologies.
- To be a standard by which we can evaluate ourselves.
We believe, therefore, that it is the final standard of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ and for His Church.
We believe in His pre-existence (John 1:1), His incarnation (John 1:1-14), His virgin birth (Mat. 1:23-25), His sinless life (Heb. 4:15), His substitutionary atonement (Rom. 3:23-25), His bodily resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:24-27), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9-11), and His bodily return from heaven (Titus 2:13).
Man & Sin
We believe that the ordinances of the local church are two in number; water baptism (a public identification of the believer with Christ), and the Lord’s supper (a memorial of the atoning death of Christ until He comes), (Mat. 28:19; Acts 2:41; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-24).
While we recognize that many true believers practice infant baptism, we would not see such a practice as fulfilling the New Testament ordinance. Therefore, we would encourage every Christian to be baptized after trusting Jesus Christ as his/her Savior.
Resurrection & Judgements
We believe that every believer has at least one spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:7-11). God the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows the gift(s) to each believer. When each believer exercises his gift in the assembly he contributes to the working and maturing of the Body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; Eph. 4:1-16). Therefore we encourage the discovery and exercise of each believer’s giftedness.