WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the inspired word of God. The 66 books, which constitute the Bible, are entirely reliable and truthful, without error in the original writings and contain the complete revelation of God’s will for humanity. The Bible stands as the central authority over our lives, our faith, and our church. (2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 5:18, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is both self-existent and personal. (Genesis 1:1, 26, John 14:10,26, 15:26)

Jesus Christ, the Son, was and is both fully God and fully man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of humankind, was resurrected bodily from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven where He is now our High Priest and Advocate. He is coming again as King and Judge. At that time, He will complete God’s plan to reestablish His just and righteous rule over all humanity. Jesus Christ is the only provision that God has given for people to be reconciled to Him. His life on earth serves as the model for the Christian life. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Matthew 24:29-31, Revelation 20:11-15)

The Holy Spirit is God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, convict the world of sin and regenerate the believing sinner. He indwells believers at the moment they place their faith in Jesus Christ and endows them with unique spiritual gifts and abilities necessary to live a life that is pleasing to God and personally satisfying. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives by providing affirmation, comfort, guidance and instruction. (John 14:16, 16:8-14, 1 Corinthians 12)

Human beings are created in the image of God for the purposes of relating to God and, under God’s authority, ruling His creation. Of our God-given free will we disobeyed God and became alienated from Him. Humanity now lives in a state of profound need, which can only be rectified by reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ. Humanity, although fallen, maintains the image of God and is, therefore, still dignified and unique. God continues to love us and reach out to us, even though we are hostile to Him. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 3:10,23, 5:8, 18-21)

Satan is the personal, spiritual adversary of God and God’s followers. He actively opposes the work of the church and the spiritual vitality of Christians. We therefore take seriously the reality of spiritual opposition. Jesus Christ defeated Satan and the only authority he now has over our lives as believers is what we concede to him. He is doomed to final defeat and judgment when Christ returns. (Ephesians 4:27, 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8-9, Revelation 20)

The church is not a place but a people. The Church is God’s chosen instrument through which the gospel of the Kingdom of God is spread. The mission of the church is to carry this good news locally and worldwide and to reflect God’s character to the world by relevant social action. God intends all Christians to live their spiritual lives in a corporate context and to faithfully and actively use their time, their talents and their treasure to support the church. This is essential to personal and corporate spiritual growth and crucial to maintaining a Christian witness. (John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:11-16, Matthew 16:18-19, 28:19)

There will be a final judgment at which God will assign all people their eternal destinies, either life or judgment. Those who have received the free gift of salvation will receive eternal life; others will live under eternal judgment. Because eternal issues are at stake there is an urgency to communicate the gospel. (John 5:24, Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20)

Salvation is a free gift that is obtained by God’s grace alone through personal faith alone in Christ’s atoning work alone. The shed blood of Jesus Christ provides the only grounds for justification and salvation for everyone who would believe. God freely offers salvation to all people and every person who believes, is baptized through immersion,  and receives Jesus Christ and is born of the Holy Spirit and becomes a child of God with a new nature. This becomes the foundation for a process of regeneration. (Ephesians 2:4-9, Galatians 2:16, 3:11, 5:4-5 Romans 3:28, 5:1, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17)