We are an independent Baptist Church.   


Independent means that we are a local autonomous body of believers, not affiliated with any denomination or religious hierarchy. 


Baptist is not the name of a group to which we belong, but rather it is the description of a set of doctrines to which we hold. 




1.  We believe in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

 
The Inspiration and Preservation of the Bible
Every word of the Bible was inspired by God in the original languages, and is perfectly preserved for us in English in the King James Bible
 
The Virgin Birth and Deity of Jesus Christ
Jesus was born of a virgin mother, He is the only begotten Son of God, and He is 100% man and 100% God

The Substitutionary Death of Jesus Christ 
Jesus' death on the cross paid in full the sin debt of every human being who has ever lived

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ
After dying for man's sins, Jesus physically rose from the dead after three days of being buried, conquering death for every human being

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Jesus will one day return to this earth to reign for one thousand years

 



2.  In addition to these core Christian doctrines, we hold to the Bible doctrines that are historically and distinctively associated with the name Baptist.


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BIBLICAL AUTHORITY
The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice for the Christian and for the church
AAUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
Each individual church is an independent body, with Christ as its head

PPRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
Every believer can go directly to God through our one mediator, Jesus Christ

TTWO CHURCH OFFICERS
The pastor and the deacon are the two church officers described in the Bible

IINDIVIDUAL SOUL LIBERTY
Every human being has a free will to make his own choices, and is personally accountable to God

SSAVED MEMBERSHIP
A church is comprised solely of born-again, baptized believers

TTWO CHURCH ORDINANCES
The two ordinances given by Christ to represent His atoning work are deep-water baptism and the Lord's Supper

SSEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE 
The government must not control the church, and the church must not control the government



This is a concise version of our church's doctrinal position.  A more thorough printed version of our doctrinal statement is available upon request to anyone attending our church services.


Students of history will find that believers and churches that have held to these basic Bible doctrines have existed throughout the world, from the first church in Jerusalem until now.  For centuries the name "Christian" was all that was necessary to accurately identify that a group held to the Biblical Christian faith.  But gradually words like "Christian" and "church" came to be used by groups with such a wide variety of unscriptural beliefs and practices, thus becoming so misused, misrepresented, and abused, that in more recent centuries it has been necessary for a Bible-believing church to be more specific in accurately identifying itself to its community.   It is our privilege to let our name identify precisely who we are, and we believe that this clarity of identity provides the most Scriptural, honest, and productive approach to serving the Lord and the people of our community.