We focus our times together on building up believers and encouraging one another to take the Good News of salvation into the community, region, and world.
We place high value on the health of families, and believe that husbands are to be the spiritual leaders of their households; our corporate meetings are multi-generational to allow and encourage families to function and grow together according to this model.
Covenant membership involves all members’ commitment to be subject to one another for the sake of the integrity and spiritual growth of the Church. It is both a solemn and joyful matter—a deep agreement between regenerated believers that welcomes discipline for the sake of the greater good of sanctification.
Since “all Scripture is inspired by God, useful for teaching...”, we, in our corporate
presentation of Bible texts, will deal exegetically with each passage, taking as our main point for the sermon the main point of the text and attending to each issue presented in the main Bible text.
While God, with absolute sovereignty, accomplishes the salvation of his people, he uses his people to spread the gospel of eternal salvation; we, therefore, partner with the Southern Baptist Convention in supporting mission efforts worldwide. We also affirm Baptist polity.
Elders/pastors and deacons are the scripturally mandated positions of leadership in the Church. Qualified leaders act as arbiters of the democratically selected goals and values of the body; thus, the church is led by the Spirit, guided by multiple elders/pastors, and assisted by deacons.
We acknowledge the Bible as the chief authority on healthy, fulfilled living. As such, pastoral counseling is first and foremost the application of Biblical truth to guide us through our struggles.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men, divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth (7); inexpressibly glorious in holiness (8), and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love (9); that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (10); equal in every divine perfection (11), and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (12).
We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker (13); but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state (14); in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners (15), not by constraint, but choice (16); being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin (17), without defense or excuse (18).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (19), through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God (20); who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin (21); honored the divine law by His personal obedience (22), and by His death made a full atonement for our sins (23); that having risen from the death, he is now enthroned in heaven (24); and, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all- sufficient Savior (25).
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ (26) secures to such as believe in him is justification (27); that justification includes the pardon of sin (28), and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness (29); that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood (30); by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (31); that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (32).
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel (33); that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith (34); and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel (35); which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation (36).
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again (37); that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind (38); that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (39), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel (40); and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life (41).
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (42); whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ (43), we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy (44); at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior (45).
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners (46); that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end (47); that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable (48); that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy (49); that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree (50); that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel (51); that it is the foundation of Christian assurance (52); and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence (53).
We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness (54); that it is a progressive work (55); that it is begun in regeneration (56); and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means--especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (57).
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end (58); that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors (59); that a special Providence watches over their welfare (60); and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (61).
We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government (62); that it is holy, just, and good (63); and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin (64); to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church (65).
We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of believers (66), associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel (67); observing the ordinances of Christ (68); governed by His laws (69), and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word (70); that its only scriptural officers are Elders, or Pastors, and Deacons (71), whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer (72), into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit (73); to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (74); that it is important to a Church relation; and to the Lord's Supper (75), in which the members of the Church are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ (76); preceded always by solemn self- examination (77).
We believe that marriage is the lifelong uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment; that the husband and wife are of equal worth before God, being both created in the image of God and, in equal measure (78), dependent on His grace; and that marriage is God's unique revelation of the union between Christ and His church (79). As such, a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church, to provide for, protect, and pastor his family, following Christ’s example of leadership as He shepherds the church (80); a wife is to submit herself, by the grace given her, to her husband’s leadership, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ (81). Children are to honor and obey their parents, as is pleasing to the Lord (82).
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (83); and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (84); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (85) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth (86).
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (87); that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem (88); while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse (89); and this distinction holds among men both in and after death (90).
We believe that the end of the world is approaching (91); that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven (92), and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution (93); that a solemn separation will then take place (94); that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy (95); and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men on principles of righteousness (96).
(This document was adapted from the New Hampshire Confession of 1833 and the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000)