Our Beliefs

 

The apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, said, “I determined not to know anything among you but Christ and Him crucified.” We rejoice in the good news of salvation in Christ and we trust in His work alone for our justification. This gospel is the foundation of our worship and our Christian service. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

The question of authority is fundamental in seeking how best to honor and serve the God of our salvation. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the final and sufficient rule of faith and practice for all men.

We believe that men are justified by faith alone apart from works. The sole ground of our justification is the finished work of Jesus Christ, and the instrumental cause of our justification is faith in the Messiah.

We believe that it is by grace alone that we are chosen for salvation from all eternity. God chooses to bring us from death to life according to His sovereign will and not according to any good thing we can do or choose.

All men everywhere owe God their obedience and worship. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit alone are to be worshiped, and they alone are worthy of praise, honor, and glory.

We believe that water baptism by immersion is the biblical example to be followed by believers. While infant baptism is common and has historical precedent, we believe that the most faithful reading of the scriptures teaches that baptism is for those who have saving faith in Christ.

We believe that the scriptural example for church government is that of local congregations led by a plurality of elders. The two offices Christ gave the church are elder and deacon, and we believe they are distinct and complementary in nature. These men act with the authority vested in them by the congregation and endorsed by God’s word. Elders primarily minister the word in teaching and preaching, while deacons minister to the physical needs of the congregation.

The London Baptist Confession of 1689 provides a thorough summary (with Scripture references) of our doctrines and beliefs. The member churches of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA), of which our church is a member, fully subscribe to each doctrine of the Confession.