Doctrinal Statement

  • We believe objective, universal, absolute truth exists and that God is that truth. We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and is inerrant, clear, infallible in the original manuscripts and our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine.
  • We believe in the Trinity. There is one God who exists as three distinct persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and co-eternal and simultaneously exist at the same time.
  • We believe in the virgin birth of Christ. While He was on earth Jesus fulfilled the law, revealed the Father, preached repentance and commissioned His apostles. He died vicariously for our sins on the cross, was bodily resurrected and now reigns at His Father’s right hand where He intercedes for us.
  • We believe that the main reason Jesus came to die was to die in the place of His people, bearing the punishment we deserve for our sins. He suffered the wrath of God in our stead as our substitute. I.e. Penal Substitution.
  • We are 5-point Calvinists. That is, man is totally depraved, God unconditionally elects His saints, Christ died particularly for the elect, the Spirit’s call on a man in conversion is irresistible, and every person who is elect and regenerate will persevere in their salvation to the end (you can’t lose your salvation).
  • We believe in Lordship Salvation. One cannot have Jesus as their Savior without Him also being their Lord. Rather, repentance and faith go hand in hand and are both indispensable in salvation.
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit works to regenerate a man and to implant the gift of faith. After regeneration He progressively, although not comprehensively, sanctifies the believer into greater and greater conformity with Christ. The believer works cooperatively with the Spirit to bring about greater fruit and obedience.
  • We believe in a real hell, which is everlasting punishment of both soul and body as well as a real everlasting heaven which is the reward of those made righteous in Christ.
  • We believe that Jesus established two ordinances for His church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We therefore reject the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • We are credo-baptist. One must exercise personal faith before accepting the rite of baptism.
  • We believe that a local church is autonomous and reject the notion of a State Church, presbytery, or any other form of hierarchy above the local Church and their appointed leaders.
  • We believe that church government consists of two offices: Pastor (elder/overseer) (with a plurality of elders being ideal) and Deacons.
  • We are complementarians. Succinctly, this means that men and women are equal but different in their roles in the Church and the family i.e. men, and not women are permitted to be elders and leaders in the Church and the home.
  • We believe that any sexual relation outside of a marriage covenant between one man and one woman is immoral.
  • We are young earth, 6-day creationists. We reject both the theory of evolution and the old earth model as conflicting with the biblical narrative. Although we realize that the Bible is not a science text book, we do believe that it portrays history accurately.
  • We believe the Bible is sufficient for all life and godliness. Therefore, we reject all anti-biblical assumptions and conclusions of psychology. We believe, rather, that Neuthetic/Biblical Counseling is the correct model for Christian counseling.
  • We believe in angels and demons including a real, personal Satan, who is the first fallen angel, and the enemy of our soul.
  • We reject the doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Roman Catholicism. So severe is the doctrinal error that it can lead people to hell.
  • We reject the claims of King James Only-ism. A variety of translations are faithful and the King James Version is certainly not “inspired” or even preferable to other versions.
  • We reject the excesses of the charismatic movement. While it may be possible that God grants miraculous gifts today, we are opposed to those who falsely claim to be prophets, use their “healing gifts” for gain and speak gibberish instead of the true gift of tongues. We accept cessationism, “open but cautious,” and milder forms of continuationism as preferable positions.
  • We reject the prosperity gospel which claims that God chiefly wants you healthy, wealthy, and happy in this life.
  • -We reject the New Perspective on Paul. Instead we believe our justification is what makes us right and acceptable before God from our previous alienation. Justification is the act in which God declares believers to be righteous on the basis of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us by faith
  • We reject the Federal Vision. Everyone must exercise a personal faith prior to be saved.
  • We are open to differing opinions concerning eschatology; however, we reject conspiracy theories that hastily label world leaders as the anti-Christ, point to blood moons, or claim that modern military technology is what the Apostle John was depicting in Revelation because it is largely unknowable.
  • We do not strictly adhere to Dispensationalism, Reformed Theology, or New Covenant Theology.