"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
(1 Peter 3:15)

We have been asked on a number of occasions to put together a statement of beliefs and convictions. The following list is the result of that effort.

IMPORTANT PERSONAL NOTE: We live in a pluralistic age where many beliefs, often contradictory, claim to be true. It does not take a college degree to realize that they cannot all be equally valid. How do you sort through this cloud of confusion? A good rule of thumb that has been used for centuries among Christians is: In essential beliefs - UNITY (Eph. 4:4-6), in non-essentials - LIBERTY (Rom. 14), and in all things - LOVE (1 Cor. 13:2). How, then, can we determine the difference between essentials and non-essentials? When considering the following list, keep in mind that it contains items from all three Conviction Categories. In short, if the Bible clearly states it, then it is our duty to believe it, obey it, and teach it.