We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is the perfect revelation of God, without error. It alone reveals the principles by which God will judge us, it alone is the true center of Christian union and the only sufficient standard of authority in all matters relating to life and godliness.
We believe in the one true and living God, Maker of heaven and earth; He is glorious, holy, and worthy of all glory, honor, and power. God is an invisible, conscious Spirit, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Trinity are equal in perfection and holiness, and perform different functions in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, was made holy, and was subject to the law of his Creator. Man, by voluntary transgression, fell from that holy and perfect state and therefore mankind is now sinful, not by constraint, but willingly. Man is thus by nature utterly void of the holiness required by the law of God, irresistibly inclined to evil, and therefore without defense or excuse under just condemnation.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly free by the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ fulfilled the will of the Father, became man, yet without sin honored the law of God with His obedience, gave full payment for our sins through His death, rose from the dead, and from that moment, is now in heaven. The Savior, in and of Himself, is divine perfection, being a perfect and compassionate Savior. We believe that the Gospel gives all men the good news of salvation; it must be accepted with true faith, and that man’s own wickedness and voluntary rejection of the Gospel is the only obstacle to his salvation as a sinner.
We believe that justification is the great good that Christ secured for those who have faith in Him. This justification includes the pardon of sins and the gift of eternal life. Christ gives this justification solely through faith in Him, not by any works of righteousness that we may do. Through faith, God freely imputes the perfect righteousness of Christ, leading us into a state of peace and favor with God.
We believe that in order to be saved one must be regenerated, or born again. Regeneration consists of the soul reflecting it’s new, holy character. This new birth is by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, and takes place within us in an incomprehensible way, so as to lead one to willingly trust the promises of the Gospel and show the fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties. These are inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the Holy Spirit and by which we turn to God, being sincerely humbled and deeply convicted of our guilt. By confessing to God and pleading for mercy, we recognize faith in Jesus Christ as Prophet, Priest and King, in whom we trust as our only Savior and Lord.
We believe that election is God’s eternal purpose and plan; according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and saves His chosen people through grace. The grace of God is such that it excludes all boasting and provokes all humility; its effects are seen in the lives of all those who truly receive Christ, His Grace being the firm foundation of Christian assurance.
We believe that sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of the holiness of God according to His will. This is a progressive work that begins at regeneration, and the power of the Holy Spirit continues to develop in the heart of the believer. In the soul, the Spirit continually employs the means indicated, above all, the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, obedience, and prayer.
We believe that those who are truly regenerated, born of the Spirit, will not fall away and perish; but rather that they will remain until the end. Their persevering union to Christ is the sign which distinguishes them from those who profess the faith superficially; God looks after the believer with a good, special, and providential care.
We believe that every Christian should live for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. His conduct should be blameless before the world, he should be a faithful steward of all that God has given him. He should to seek for himself and others to achieve the stature of the fullness of Christ.
We believe that a church of Christ is a group of baptized believers brought together by faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The church practices the ordinances of Christ, governed by the laws of the Lord, and exercises the gifts, rights, and privileges granted to it by the Word of God, whose only scriptural leaders are pastors (also called elders or bishops) and deacons.
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth on the Last Day to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the eternal damnation of the wicked.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked, and that, in the eyes of God no one is just apart from the those who have been regenerated: those who have been justified through faith in Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the eyes of God, those who remain unrepentant and unbelieving are the wicked ones, and this separation is permanent after death, when man is presented before the Judge’s throne on the Last Day.
For a fuller expression of what we believe please see The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.