I have the privilege of pastoring a wonderful congregation of Christ-like, Spirit-filled people. It is impossible to give an adequate description of the church here. Only a visit will enable you to see what the Lord is doing in this local church. So, I will just a give a brief description. Our name contains some of the foundational truths that unify us as a local assembly of Christ’s people.
Grace is God’s underserved and unearned goodness to men. The bible teaches that we can get right with God and be saved from the guilt, punishment, and power of our sins against God only by His grace. We cannot somehow earn or buy our way into heaven by our good works. Salvation is completely the result of God’s sovereign grace.
This name for Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, means “God with us”. He is both God and man in one person. He lived a perfect life and died in the place of sinners as a sacrifice to satisfy the wrath and judgment of God. He was raised from the dead is at the right hand of God and is coming again.
We hold to those truths that were recovered and better understood in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. These are contained and expressed in the two doctrinal standards of our church, the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and the Canons of Dort.
We believe that scripture teaches that only those who have personally repented of their sins and believed in Christ alone for salvation should be baptized and become a member of a local church. We also believe that each local church should be self-governed directly under Christ and not under a denominational structure made up of men. However, we also believe that we should associate with and work in cooperation with other local churches.
The church is not a building or a social club. It is a living organism and organization established by Jesus Christ. It is made up of true believers in Christ who have committed themselves to meet together to serve the Lord in accordance with His instructions.