our beliefs

I. The Scriptures We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone are the Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore are without error in the original manuscripts and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct for all of humanity (Psalm 19:72 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20,21Mark 13:31John 8:3132John 20:31Acts 20:32). 

II. God We believe that there is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:41 Corinthians 8:4-61 Timothy 1:17) 

III. Providence We believe that God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. (Hebrews 1:3Matthew 10:31-33Proverbs 16:33) 

IV. The Trinity We believe that God eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that these are without division of nature, essence, or being and equal in every divine perfection, and that They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Genesis 1:1,26John 1:1,3Matthew 3:16-1728:19John 4:24Romans 1:19202 Corinthians 13:14Ephesians 4:56). 

V The Father We believe that God the Father, a personal Spirit, infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, including the future free choices of all humans and other moral beings, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Luke 10:2122Matthew 23:9John 3:166:27Romans 1:71 Timothy 1:122:561 Peter 1:3Revelation 1:6). 

VI. Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe. (Matthew 3:171 Corinthians 15:3-71 Timothy 2:5Romans 5:6-11Philippians 2:5-11;Hebrews 1:3) 

VII. The Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son to bring glory to the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to regenerate sinners, and to sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ, giving spiritual gifts to each of them for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is the Spirit of adoption, the seal of our salvation, the guarantor of our inheritance in Christ, and an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 14:16-172615:2627John 16:9-14Romans 8:914-171 Corinthians 3:166:19Galatians 5:22-26Ephesians 1:13-14). 

VIII. The Fall of Man We believe that God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Genesis 1:273:4-7;Romans 5:12-21Ephesians 2:1-3) 

IX. Regeneration We believe that regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (John 3:1-8;Titus 3:51 Peter 1:3) 

X. Repentance We believe that repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things. (Mark 1:15Acts 20:212 Corinthians 7:9) 

XI. Faith We believe that saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. (John 1:125:24Ephesians 2:8-9) 

XII. Justification We believe that justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith. (Rom. 3:23-24; Rom. 5:1-2; 18, 19; 2 Cor. 5:21) 

XIII. Sanctification We believe that those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Jn. 17:17; 2 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 12:14) 

XIV. Perseverance of the Saints We believe that those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Jn. 10:28-29; 1 Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:30) 

XV. The Church We believe that the Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather together into local churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Elders/Pastors, and Deacons. (Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; 18:15-18; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-4) 

XVI. Baptism We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39) 

XVII. The Lord’s Supper We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Mt. 26:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26) 

XVIII. The Lord’s Day We believe that the Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Col. 2:16; 3:16; Rev 1:10) 

XIX. Liberty of Conscience We believe that God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:17) 

XX. The Resurrection We believe that the bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (1 Cor 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21) 

XXI. The Second Coming We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment of the body and soul, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of those whom God has deemed to be the wicked (Matthew 16:27;25:31-46Mark 14:62John 5:28-2914:3Acts 1:1117:31Romans 2:6-11Philippians 3:201 Thessalonians 4:152 Timothy 4:18Titus 2:131 Corinthians 4:5;15:12-282 Corinthians 5:1-102 Thessalonians 1:7-10Revelation 20:4-6,11-15). 

*Our elders affirm the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith with minimal exceptions.