our distinctives

  • We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. It is the written record of God’s supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content, and therefore constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

  • The doctrines of grace stand together as one comprehensive statement of the saving purposes of God: our radical depravity apart from Christ, the Father's sovereign election of believers, the definite atonement of Christ, the irresistible call of the Holy Spirit, and God's preserving grace towards the saints.  This affirms that God saves sinners by His grace alone and for His glory alone.

  • Expository preaching is a careful drawing out of the exact meaning of a passage in its original context, going verse by verse through books of the Bible.  This keeps the meaning of the Scriptures in their context and give the hearers a better understanding of the what we are studying.  Our worship is not a time for personal opinions, rather it is an opportunity for all of us to hear from God as His Word is faithfully explained, illustrated, and applied.

  • We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We believe it is an act of obedience of a believer, following the pattern of the Gospel call throughout scripture to repent, believe, and be baptized.  We believe baptism in water symbolizes our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

  • We believe the local church is to be governed according to the scriptural patterns established in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9, having both offices of elders and deacons. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified men who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers. An elder is to teach and preach, to exhort and refute, to govern the church, and is spiritually accountable for shepherding the local church under his care.

  • Church discipline is the process of resolving conflict and correcting sin in the life of the local church and individual members.  The purpose of church discipline is redemption: to restore all involved to right relationship with God and good fellowship with one another.  Church discipline follows the pattern established in Matthew 18:15-17: individuals are to seek resolution privately first, then if needed bring one or two witnesses, and finally to bring the issue before the church.

  • We believe that the nature of salvation necessarily involves the fruit of repentance in the life of a believer, following the Gospel call to "repent and believe."  Even as salvation relies completely on the work of God to change the heart of man, we understand that a heart changed by God will always produce the fruit in keeping with repentance.

  • Biblical Counseling is the process where the scripture is related individually to those who are struggling under the weight of personal sin or the difficulties with suffering,  so that genuinely change in the inner person might occur to be pleasing to God.   We believe scripture to be totally sufficient to provide us with everything necessary to live in a way pleasing to God, and we believe that genuine change of heart is totally dependent on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.