Although labels are sometimes detrimental, they are occasionally helpful in identifying the major beliefs for which a particular church stands. While the following labels or terms are not exhaustive of the particular beliefs adhered to by our church, we hope that they are helpful in understanding us better.
First of all, we are reformed in the way we view the world and the Bible. This means we consider ourselves to have historically descended form those churches of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. We believe in the absolute sovereignty of the Almighty God, "Sola fide" (salvation by grace through faith alone) and "Sola Scriptura" (the Scriptures alone)
Secondly, we are orthodox in our theology. This means we accept the Bible as the inerrant and authoritative source of all we believe and teach. Furthermore, we have no standard outside the Bible by which we judge its authority. It is completely self-authenticating.
Thirdly, we are presbyterian in our form of church government. In our case, this means we are ruled by elders. We believe the Bible emphasizes two important principles of church government: plurality and representative. Multiple elders are chosen by God and recognized by the congregation to represent the people. Our elders are responsible for the teaching, spiritual oversight, and discipline of individual members. We believe elder rule is the form of government that best illustrates the principle that Jesus Christ alone is the Head of His Church.
Fourthly, we are an independent Bible church with reference to denominational affiliation. This means we are not part of an official denominational structure. We use the designation "independent", however, simply for a lack of a more descriptive term. In reality, we are not independent of other Christians at all. We are "interdependent" with other like-minded believers, regardless of their denominational affiliation.
All the scripture is verbally inspired as originally written and therefore is infallible and inerrant. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18; I Corinthians 2:13)
The Bible is the very Word of God. We cannot accept the misleading statement: "The Bible contains the Word of God."
There is one living and true God who exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14). The Father is God (I Corinthians 8:6); the Son is God (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14; Hebrews 1:8-10); and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3,4).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38).
Christ rose bodily from the dead and ascended unto God the Father (Matthew 28; Mark 16; I Corinthians 15; Romans 1:4).
In the literal bodily return of Jesus Christ at the end of the age, believers will be caught up to meet him in the air, will be changed into His likeness and so shall we ever be with the Lord (John 14:3; Philippians 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:16,17).
All men inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation (Romans 3:9-19; Ephesians 2:1-3).
God had provided salvation through offering His Son on the cross of Calvary, and allowing His blood to be shed to atone for our sins (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22).
We are saved and justified when we recognize ourselves as sinners, and put our trust in Christ as the Son of God and His finished work on the cross of Calvary. Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing (Romans 3:24 and 4:5; Ephesians 2:8,9).
Once saved, we cannot be lost; we are eternally secure in Christ (John 3:16; 10:27-29; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:38-39).
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place at the time of conversion and is the act of placing the believer into the body of Christ, but is not a second work of grace (I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27). It is different from the filling of the Holy Spirit which is an ongoing process that may occur at any time in the believer's life (Ephesians 5:18). Neither of these aspects is accompanied by unusual signs as speaking in tongues.
(a) We should regularly participate at the Lord's table (I Corinthians 11:23-32). (b) All believers should be baptized by immersion as an act of obedience, but not for securing their salvation (Acts 2:41; 19:4, 5; Matthew 28:19, 20).
The Bible teaches the eternal blessedness of the saved (John 4:14; 5:24; Ephesians 2:7).
It also teaches the eternal punishment of the lost (John 5:28,29; Revelation 20:10, 15; Matthew 25:46).