Enjoying God's River of Mercy Together

What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

One Triune God
We believe in one God eternally existing as the creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. His glory, majesty, and holiness are inexpressible. The unity of the Godhead exists in three persons, equal in every divine perfection but distinct in harmonious roles: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11)

God the Father
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, and that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Exodus 3:13-15; John 16:28; John 17; Ephesians 1:3-6; Philippians 1:2)

God the Son
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son who was miraculously virgin-born, sinless in His life, and the atonement for the sins of the world by His death. We accept His miracles, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His personal return for those who are His children (the rapture), and His visible return to this world to establish His millennial kingdom.  (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-4, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 4:9-11; 5:6-11)

God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, who was active in the creation and relates to all people through convicting the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and who regenerates, indwells, seals, sanctifies, teaches and comforts those who are believers in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1-3; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:14-16, 26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14)

Angels and Demons
We believe that God created a great multitude of angels, spirit beings created in holiness, and having intelligence and great power. Holy angels constantly serve God in perfect obedience. Satan, created as one of the highest of all angels, rebelled against God, was cast out of heaven, and took a host of angels with him. These fallen angels (demons) constantly work against God’s purpose and program but are destined to eternal condemnation in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 6:1-3; Ezekiel 28:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10)

Creation and the Fall of Man
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth as recorded in the book of Genesis and without any evolutionary process. He created man in His own image–sinless, innocent, and in perfect relationship with God. Adam, as the first man, fell from this position by choosing to disobey God’s clear instruction. As such, all mankind are now sinners, not only by nature, but by choice and therefore under just condemnation. (Genesis 1-3:6; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12 &19)

Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Man can only be saved after recognizing he is a sinner in need of a Savior and then turning from his sin and trusting in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross. This salvation is a free gift of God and available to anyone who will accept it. Those who are truly born again are eternally secure. (John 3:3; John 10:28-29; Acts 16:20-33; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 2:1-9; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 2:3-4)

The Church
We believe that the local church is an organized congregation of immersed believers associated together by faith and fellowship of the gospel. The true mission of a church is found in the Great Commission–to go and make disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them the Word of God. The church is to observe the Lord’s Table and practice believer’s baptism. While Jesus Christ is the head of the true church, the local church is autonomous and free from the interference of any earthly hierarchy of individuals or organizations. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 3:1-13)

Heaven and Hell
We believe in the literal existence of both heaven and hell.  Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; that those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence in Heaven, and those who have refused to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God in Hell. (Matthew 6:19-20; John 14: 2-3; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 14:10-11; Revelation 21:8)

Future Events
We believe in the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial interpretation of the Scriptures, and look for the imminent return of Jesus Christ to gather (rapture) to heaven those who have trusted Him for salvation. While in heaven, believers will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged for our service to Him. On earth, the seven-year Tribulation will take place in which God will bring His judgment upon those who have rejected Him. After the seven-year Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to earth to rule the earth and establish His millennial kingdom, a 1000 year period characterized by righteousness and the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. Ultimately, God’s plan includes an eternal state of fellowship with His redeemed creation as well as separation from all who refused to turn from their rebellion toward Him. (Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 9:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Phil 3:20-21; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 20:1-6; 21:1-5)