PRIMACY OF GOD
The goal of all of life is to bring glory to God. This is why we and all things were made. There is only one God, and this one God exists in three distinct, separate Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same essence, equal in power and glory.
We place primacy on God because He is the source of all life and the goal of our existence.
PRIMACY OF SCRIPTURE
We believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the written Word of God. They alone carry the authority of God and are the only certain, infallible, and sufficient rule in all matters of faith, saving knowledge, obedience, and life.
We place primacy on the Scriptures to govern all matter of our lives and the life of our church.
PRIMACY OF THE GOSPEL
All men and women have transgressed the Law of God. We were born into sin through our parents, Adam and Eve, and we have also disobeyed this awesome, all-powerful, holy and glorious God. Therefore, God must punish everyone who sins against him.
The Gospel means, "good news." This good news is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus perfectly obeyed all of God's demands that we have broken. He was crucified and buried. He suffered the undiluted wrath of God. He did this not because He deserved it, but because we deserved it. Jesus died in our place. He was our substitute. If we believe in Him and are united with Him in His death, we will be forgiven since Jesus has suffered the punishment we deserved.
We place primacy on the Gospel because it is the only way we, as sinners, can be at peace with God.
PRIMACY OF GRACE
All men are sinners. Anyone who commits sin becomes a slave to sin. Our sin is nothing short of spiritual deadness. Since we are spiritually dead, we cannot make any effort to approach God. Dead people can't do anything. Therefore, itis all placed in the balance of God's sovereign grace. God must take the initiative in saving people in Christ because left to our efforts, we would not come to Him. This is why salvation is so frequently referred to as a gift in the Bible. It is a gift because we can't do anything to earn it, but we receive it as a gracious gift of God given to us through the death and resurrection of Christ.
We place primacy on the grace of God since it is the only hope for a fallen world.
PRIMACY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
God is calling His people out of the world and forming them into a spiritual family through the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the people of God come together in a locale they form the local church. The local church is God's primary instrument for fulfilling His mission in the world today.
Committing ourselves to local churches should be normal for Christians. In a local church, we are changed by the preaching of God's Word. In community, we sing praises to our Savior with other redeemed sinners, we participate in the ordinances of the New Testament (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and share fellowship with other Christians. All of these of these aspects are crucial to living for the glory of God.
We place primacy on the local church since this is God's plan for His people.