What We Believe

We subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. For a briefer, condensed version of what we believe here is our Core Doctrinal Statement displayed topically.

We believe the LORD God, as revealed in the Bible, is the one and only living and true God. He is the holy, sovereign, self-existent and self-sufficient One (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 5:39, Isaiah 43:10, 11; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 135:6; Exodus 3:14). This one God exists in three eternally equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each equal in being, yet each distinct in His person and work (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2). He is Creator of all things, visible and invisible, physical and spiritual. Out of nothing, by the power of His Word, He called all things into being and sustains it by the word of His power (Genesis 1; Hebrews 11:3; Psalm 104; Colossians 1:16, 17; Hebrews 1:3). God has a purpose and plan for all things in heaven and on earth which will be accomplished according to His eternal decree for His glory. In this, His manifold attributes, including His wisdom, power, love, and faithfulness are revealed to us (Isaiah 46:10-13; Ephesians 1:3-5, 11; Matthew 24:35; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 1:20).
We believe the Bible, as it was composed in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. This Bible, which in English translations is made up of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is completely sufficient concerning all matters of faith and life (Proverbs 30:5a; 2 Peter 1.20,21; Hebrews 4:12,13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17). Man’s belief in the authority of Scripture comes from the inward work of the Holy Spirit who works in the mind, heart, and will of man. The Spirit and the Scriptures work in us to draw us into a personal saving knowledge of God in Christ, to establish the content of our belief or faith, and to direct us in the conduct of our daily lives (John 6:44; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14; Romans 6:17; John 16:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:16,17). The canon of Scripture has been closed and therefore nothing is to be added to or taken away from the Scriptures, such as new revelation or commandments of men. It is the standard by which all knowledge is tested (Deuteronomy 4:7, 12:32; Proverbs 30:5a; Revelation 22:18, 19; Galatians 1:8). We believe that the correct handling of the Word of God is to discern its true, intended, and plain meaning by context, recognizing the basic unity of all Scripture, and by following the basic rule of Scripture interpreting Scripture. We believe that Scripture is to be understood in accordance with our historically confessed faith (i.e., Genesis 12:7 with Galatians 3:16; Joel 2:28-32 with Acts 2:16-24; Genesis 15:6 with Romans 4:1-3; Matthew 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:15, 16).
We believe that in the beginning all God’s creation, including man, was good. Mankind, male and female, was righteous, walking closely with God. Man fell from that position of fellowship with God, driven out of God’s presence, and deserving of condemnation to Hell. Everyone has this first sin imputed to them, has inherited Adam’s sinful nature, and is unable to do anything that is pleasing to God. All are dead in their sin and cannot in themselves respond to the gospel for salvation (Genesis 1, 2, 3; Romans 3:10-20, 5:12-21, 8:6-8; Ephesians 2:1-9). God’s Provision And this is the gospel, that Jesus Christ, being fully God, was sent by the Father to earth to become man. He came willingly to be the only mediator between God and man. He was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life of obedience to the Law, fulfilling all of its positive requirements on our behalf. (John 1:14; Acts 2:23, 36; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 5:12-21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:7-9). Jesus Christ gave up His life by death on the cross at the hands of sinful men according to God’s sovereign purpose. Christ, being without sin, did this in order to pay the just penalty of God’s Law for sin on behalf of those whom the Father had chosen to redeem before the foundation of the world. He then rose bodily from the dead, removing the power of the curse of death from His people forever (Acts 2:23; Romans 3:23-26; 1 Peter 1:18-2 1; Eph. 1:4; John 20:25, 27; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58). After Christ ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to make the Savior known to those whom God the Father had chosen. The Holy Spirit works in God’s people by making them spiritually alive through union with Christ and enabling them to freely receive the free gift of eternal life as offered in the gospel through Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Lord of His people, now dwells in the Father’s presence, interceding on their behalf and enabling them to grow more and more in living obedience to Himself, walking in the good works that God has prepared for them beforehand (Acts 1:8, 9; John 16:7-13; Ephesians 2:4-8; Romans 3:21-26; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:18-2:10; Hebrews 7:24, 25). All those whom God has chosen and redeemed will most certainly be preserved by God and will persevere in their saving faith until that time when God chooses to take them to heaven to be with Him forever (John 10:28, 29; Philippians 1:6; John 14:1-3).
We believe that all those who have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are united by the indwelling Holy Spirit into one spiritual body called the church, of which Jesus Christ is the head. This universal church is made manifest in each local church that recognizes Jesus as Lord and Savior and serves Him according to the Scriptures (e.g., 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:13b-14; Colossians 1:18). God’s purpose in establishing His church is to glorify Himself by making known His manifold wisdom, which He demonstrated in Jesus Christ. This is accomplished when believers: 1. Gather together in the power and unity of the Holy Spirit for worship and attending to the means of grace: the proclamation of the Word, public reading of Scripture, prayer, and observance of the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and singing God’s praises together, (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:18-34; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16); 2. Mutually exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification, equipping, and growth of the members (Ephesians 3:10,11; 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 1 Peter 4:10); 3. Proclaim the good news of God’s saving grace in Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world (Matthew 28:19, 20); 4. Adorn the gospel with good works in glorifying God before men (Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:12). God has established two ordinances for the church to observe: baptism, which is undergone once as a sign of the new life in Christ after a person has confessed faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and the Lord’s Supper, which is to be observed regularly to call into remembrance the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, until He returns (Acts 2:38,42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). All believers are priests within the household of God. All possess a common dignity, calling, and privilege of communion before and with God. All are called to offer sacrifices of themselves, praise and thanksgiving to God. With our various gifts and callings, we serve God and one another. Within this household, Jesus Christ appoints elders (pastors) as undershepherds to serve His people by administering the means of grace to His church and providing oversight for the spiritual needs of its members. Deacons minister to the physical needs of the church, both corporately and individually (1 Peter 2:9, 10; Romans 12:1,2; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 6:1-6). We believe that the extraordinary gifts (apostles, prophets, miracles, immediate healings, and tongues) were established for a specific time to propagate and testify to the new accomplishments in redemptive history (Hebrews 2:4).
We believe that God has appointed a day when Jesus Christ will visibly return in glory to judge the world in righteousness. At that time the final judgment and resurrection will occur; unbelievers to a resurrection of eternal punishment, who will be cast into Hell to experience separation from God forever, and believers to a resurrection of eternal life with glorified bodies in the presence of the Lord where there will be fullness of joy. (Matthew 24:36; John 5:28,29; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31; Revelation 21:3; Mark 13:26,27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 21:8; Psalm 16:11).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s sovereign design of that person. We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as defined in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God condemns all sexual activity engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including but not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-11).