Our mission is the one Jesus gave us. We feel this is best expressed in Jesus' final words to His disciples, as recorded in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:18-19:
To join into God's work as a community of believers who are:
- Witnesses to the true and lasting life which is only found in Jesus Christ
- Following Jesus and growing to be more like Him each day
- Reaching people who are outside of God's family
- Making disciples of those who are faithful and willing
In support of this, the church guides and nurtures its people through biblical teaching, relational discipleship, and intentional service in order to promote spiritual growth, a vision for God's desire that all people come into a life-giving relationship with Him, and to present a meaningful witness to Christian life in our community.
There is only one true and living God. He is the maker of all things seen and unseen, and reveals Himself to us as three distinct persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who have always existed together, share the same nature, and are inseparable in their divine unity. God is a personal being, was not created, and is separate from all created things.
God the Father
God the Father is the one from whom all power and authority comes, He is the one from whom Truth originates, and who provides continual care over His universe, for His creatures, and through the stream of human history according to His gracious and loving purposes. He is the perfect spiritual Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
God the Son is the embodiment of Truth, He is the one to whom all power and authority has been given, He is the one who has entered the stream of human history as Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Christ - the eternal Son of God. By the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit within the womb of the virgin Mary, God added everything to The Son it means to be human while retaining everything it means to be God, making Jesus Christ fully God and fully human at the same time. During His earthly life, Jesus made the way for people to enter life-giving relationship with God through His personal obedience to the divine law, willingly laying down His life on the cross, and then returning from the dead. Jesus is the perfect Lord and Brother to those who place their trust in Him.
God the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is the one who makes Truth known, the one who makes the work of God effective, the one who sustains, guides, and protects the church and the believer. He is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Counselor and Comforter. He does nothing for His own glory, but does everything to serve and bring glory to Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts all people of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in their progress toward becoming like Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes into each believer at the time he or she accepts Jesus, and never departs.
The Holy Bible was written by human authors who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is God's revelation of Himself to humanity. It is perfect truth without any mixture of error. It is fully complete and tells us everything necessary to know God and to grow in the way He desires. It is our authority for faith and practice in the life of the church and the individual.
Human Beings were created by the special act of God, in His own image, and as the highest work of His creation. The Human Person is composed of a physical body and a spiritual soul which both come into existence at the time of conception. The human person was created to live forever, but through the choice our first parents, Adam and Eve, to sin against God, the eternal life-giving relationship they enjoyed with Him was lost. As a result, all human persons are born separated from this life-giving relationship with God, and continue to make choices which are contrary to it. There is no way for any human person to restore his or her relationship with God except through faith in Jesus Christ. All human life is sacred and valuable because all human persons are made in the image of God, are all objects of God's love, and Jesus has died for all.
SalvationSalvation involves the redemption of the whole person, spiritually and physically, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior -- who, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation includes restoration of a life-giving eternal relationship with God through the work of the Holy Spirit who helps the individual understand his or her need for Jesus and the truth that He is the only way. The ongoing work of the Holy Spirit is to help the believer make progress toward being more like Jesus in this life, and to ensure the believer will be ultimately and eternally healed in body and soul on the final day of salvation.
The church is a local community of baptized believers who are intentionally sharing in life together through Jesus Christ and are united in the purposes He has given them. The church is referred to in the bible as the "body" of Christ, meaning both the local community of believers in a specific time and place, as well as the connection of all believers across all times and places who are united in a special way. The church is also referred to in the bible as the "bride" of Christ, meaning that God has a special love for the church, and has laid down His life for her salvation and healing.
God has made the family the foundational unit of human society. Biblical marriage is the union of one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment. The relationship of husband and wife is supposed to be the highest priority relationship in the life of either spouse, and centered on God. Children in the household are the next highest priority relationship set for the husband and wife, but relationships with children are not to supersede that of husband and wife. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, and have been created differently for the purpose of complementing each other. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. The husband is to be the spiritual head of the household, seeking to love and serve his wife in the same way Jesus Christ loves and serves the church. The wife is to honor and support her husband, seeking to love and serve him just as the church prepares herself for Christ. In this way, the family is secure, stable, peaceful, and nurturing. Children can be assured of the love, acceptance, and careful provision of their parents.
Baptism & the Lord's Supper
Baptism should be a one-time public symbol of faith in Jesus Christ chosen by the believer in obedience to Jesus' instruction. It identifies the believer with Jesus' death and resurrection (most meaningfully when the believer is fully immersed in water), but baptism has no bearing on salvation.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic remembrance of Jesus' sacrificial death, and the reality of His body and blood which were shed for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus instructed believers to remember Him in this way and to look forward to His future return.
Worship & Rest
It is God's example to us and God's desire for us that all persons intentionally incorporate a time of rest into their normal life routines. It also God's desire that His people come together regularly and intentionally to worship Him and connect with each other. From the earliest times, Christians have normally chosen Sundays for these purposes.
God is the source of all things - spiritual and material, temporary and eternal. God's children have a duty to manage properly everything God has put into their care, and to pass all things on to the purposes God intends for them. This responsibility applies to every thing and every area of life - time, talents, money, and possessions, just to name a few. The believer should continually be gaining a deeper sense of being a trustee over God's things, rather than feeling personal ownership. A greater desire to conserve and protect natural resources and environments, support sustainable farming and manufacture, promote economic responsibility, protect against human exploitation, and strive for healthfulness (among other things) should increasingly characterize the ethic of the believer.
Evangelism & Missions
Every believer is a missionary and everything the church and the believer does presents a witness to others concerning Jesus Christ, so all areas of life should be considered evangelistic. It is the responsibility of the believer and the church to bring all aspects of private and public life in line with the realities of who Jesus is and what life in Him means. All believers are called by Jesus to grow spiritually in such a way their attitudes, perspectives, and actions come more and more to resemble His. And, by the witness of their lives and personal effort, all believers are to draw others toward life-giving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Cooperation & the Social Order
It should be understood the Kingdom of God grows through the changed hearts and lives of people - which can not be accomplished through laws, policies, or rules. Every believer should, therefore, seek to make the will of God supreme in his or her own life, and this will grow into human society as changed humans are living in it. God's people, from this point of view, should pursue His purposes in their lives, families, and communities, and should cooperate wholeheartedly with organizations and associations which share God's objectives even if the express purpose of those groups is not Christian in nature. God's people should also not divide from one another over inconsequential differences, but should come together in the work God has given us of reaching all people for His sake.
God, in His own time and in His own way,
will bring time and the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return
personally and visibly, the dead will be raised to life, and Christ will judge
all people in righteousness. Those who have died in unbelief or are
currently living in unbelief at Jesus' return will be subject to the
punishment for sin, resulting in eternal separation from God. All
believers will be given the reward God deems appropriate for each, a new
Heaven and Earth will be revealed, and believers will live in joy and
peace there with God and each other forever.
We are in agreement with The Baptist Faith and Message 2000.