What We Believe
We believe that Scripture is fully sufficient to bring us to salvation and to equip us spiritually for all that God demands of us. Nothing is to be added to God’s glorious revelation. Christians should seek to carefully study and obey God’s Holy Word. We believe that claims such as having a “word of knowledge” or a “word of prophecy” are false claims that undermine the sufficiency of Scripture.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to each member of the Body of Christ as He wills upon salvation for the work of the ministry. We believe that there is no biblical support for second blessings, additional baptisms in the Spirit, slaying in the spirit, and healing in the atonement.
We believe that God can and does still heal today, but it is done through the prayers of His people and in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted.
We believe that God can impart the gift of tongues as the Holy Spirit wills, but only as a known language that can be interpreted. We do not teach the practices of ecstatic utterances and prayer languages that are not known languages. We believe that prayer is personal communication with God and it is a privilege offered to all believers. We believe that the Holy Spirit initiates and empowers our prayers. The leadership of the Holy Spirit in prayer is essential.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that each believer is called to glorify God in every aspect of their lives. We believe that the family is the foundational institution of human life, and marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime.
We believe that Christ is the one supreme authority for the church and that pastors and ministerial staff lead as servants of and under-shepherds of Christ and have His designated authority in directing the church. We believe that the local church is an autonomous body and we call our own pastor and ministerial staff without any obligation to national bodies or organizations. We believe that the biblically designated leadership for the local church is filled by the senior pastor and ministerial staff. We believe that God no longer calls men or women as Apostles or Prophets. We believe that the ministerial staff are called by God into the ministry and ordained by the local church for service.
We believe that the biblical role of a deacon is that of a servant leader within the local church rather than a designated office. Deacons are not to function as an authoritative, administrative, or policy making group in the church. We believe that deacons are set aside by the members of the church of which they are members. Deacons are to serve under the leadership of the pastor and ministerial staff.
We believe that we should voluntarily participate as a church in the Cooperative Program, an extremely effective ministry effort coordinating the missions, service, and giving of Southern Baptist Churches.