I. We Believe In A High View of God
God is absolutely sovereign in all things. The church is established and exists for His glory alone. God is directing and working all things after the counsel of His own will (1).
II. We Believe In A High View of Scripture.
Because the Bible is the Inspired, Infallible, and Inerrant Word of God in the original language passed down to us without change, it is the absolute and final authority on all matters (2).
III. We Believe In the Preaching of Sound Doctrine.
Maintaining a high view of God and a high view of Scripture necessitates the preaching, teaching, and practicing of sound doctrine (3). Doctrine always precedes duty.
IV. We Believe In Personal Holiness.
Though we are in the world, we are not of the world. We are accountable to God and to each other for what we do and how we live, for we have been bought and are not our own (4). We belong to Christ.
V. We Believe In Spiritual Authority.
God Himself has established order in every area of our lives, and the church is no exception. God in Scripture has clearly given us the structure of authority for the church. Christ is the head of the church and He mediates His rule through the shepherding of godly elders (pastors) (5). These elders (pastors), having a high view of God and Scripture, being devoted to the preaching, teaching and practicing of sound doctrine, and being examples of personal holiness before the congregation, are responsible to lead the church. The Bible teaches that the congregation is accountable to the elders (pastors) and that the elders (pastors) are accountable to God. Therefore, all decision-making authority is vested in the elders (pastors), who shepherd the church (6).
(1) Psalm 22:28; Psalm 33:6-9; Psalm 115:3; Daniel 4:34-35; Isaiah 40:17-18; Romans 9:13-29;Revelation 4:11, (2) 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21, (3) 2 Timothy 4:1-5 , (4) Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 5:3-12, (5) Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4, (6) Acts 15:6-21 Hebrews 13:17; 1 Timothy 5:17