Like many other churches, we have our distinguishing facets. Though we are not perfect in our implementation, we strive to worship and operate with the following ideals in mind. They are the core of who we are, and we pray that God will give us grace in moving forward for His glory.
We identify ourselves as Baptists for three primary reasons. First, we—along with Baptists who have gone before us—value Scripture as the only rule of faith and practice. Second, we emphasize baptism as a believer’s personal and conscious profession in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary work on the cross. Third, as baptized believers, the members of our congregation are responsible to guard and care for the doctrine and membership of the church.
We are deliberately conservative in our philosophical and cultural stance to the heritage of Christian belief and practice. Philosophically, this tradition focuses on absolute Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. While much of evangelicalism heralds the absolute nature of Truth and Goodness, we also hark back to the older Christian tradition which views even Beauty as absolute. Culturally, we cherish the traditional understanding of marriage, family, and worship. Our greatest concern is to pass on the entirety of the Christian faith—loves and affections, beliefs and practices. Thus, it is our desire to cultivate ordinate affections in our prayer, preaching, worship, and lifestyle.
Christian fundamentalism grew out of the early twentieth-century controversy between theological liberalism and orthodox evangelicalism. While such Christian fundamentalism has been rightly criticized on various fronts, its core ideas are nonetheless sound. The kind of fundamentalism we seek to promote recognizes that doctrine is fundamental to the definition of Christianity. Specifically, the core doctrine that must be maintained is the gospel, which is the boundary for rightly claiming a Christian identity. Any person who claims to be a Christian but at the same time rejects scriptural truths related to the gospel is no Christian at all. So, though Christians rightly disagree over peripheral teachings of Scripture, the truths pertaining to the gospel cannot be abandoned without abandoning Christianity itself.