the Bible

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life. Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

The Trinity

We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. Isaiah 40-48; Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood at the cross He satisfied the wrath of God, obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting, and defeated the powers of darkness. He was raised bodily on the third day for our justification and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He reigns and makes intercession for the saints. Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; 2:15; Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2; 3:8

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth). The Spirit indwells, sanctifies, leads, comforts, reveals truth, and graciously empowers for godly living and service all who come to faith in Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. Subsequent to conversion the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18

Creation

We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper end in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name. Genesis 1, John 1:1-14, Acts 17:22-31, Colossians 1:15-20

Man and Sin

We believe that mankind in Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. In consequence of his disobedience, all humanity is born sinful and are therefore by nature and choice the children of wrath, justly condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance by God. Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-18; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3

Salvation

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17, 31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7, 9

Rights of Salvation in Christ

In addition to all the promises by God in Scripture that we possess in Christ, there are four key rights given to us by the saving work of Jesus.  Adoption: the act of God through Jesus whereby He makes us part of His family, complete with all the rights of the family and people of God.  Justification: the legal act of God in which He, by grace alone, grants us forgiveness of sin and imputes His righteousness, as earned by Christ, to us for all eternity.  Sanctification: the right and process in which God, by Christ and through the Holy Spirit, works in our daily lives to make us more and more like Christ and free from sin.  Finally, Glorification: the final right and act of redemption in which, upon our death or Christ’s return, we will be given a perfect resurrection body completely free of sin and fully capable of enjoying all the pleasures of God throughout eternity.  This resurrection body is like the resurrected body that Jesus has, and thus, Jesus’ resurrection is the guarantee of all these rights. 2 Corinthians 1:20; Romans 8:28-31; John 1:12; Ephesians 2:2; 5:6; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 3:6, 3:28, 5:1; Galatians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; Philippians 3:20

The Church

We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. We believe that God has called the church to preach the gospel to and make disciples of all nations, and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the call of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. Isaiah 58:6-12; 61:1; Matthew 16:17-19; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18; 21:1-4; Acts 2:17-18, 42; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10

Gifts of The Holy Spirit

We believe that all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and encourage the church to fulfill its calling and mission. John 14:12; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; Galatians 3:1-5

Baptism and Communion

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation but are symbols and testimonies of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus.  Baptism is a public confession of faith in and union with Jesus Christ, and is practiced by immersion in water for those who believe. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21

Eternity and Judgment

We believe that when the Christian dies he/she will enjoy eternity in the presence of God in heaven.  When the non-Christian dies, because of sin, they will spend an eternity in hell separated from the presence of God. Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26; 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-22:15

Christ’s Return

We believe at the end of the age Jesus Christ will return to the earth personally and visibly. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21