We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired in every word and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3.16-17; 2 Peter 1.19-21).
We believe that there is one living and true God (Deut. 6.4), self-existent and self-sustaining, eternally existing as one in essence or nature (John 10.30), yet in three persons, each equally deserving worship (John 5.23; 9.38; Acts 5.3-5); that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Matt. 28.19; Matt. 3.16-17; John 14.16). We believe the Triune God is unchanging in His attributes (James 1.17) and that His ways, judgments, and moral character are infinitely perfect, above us and beyond our scrutiny (Isa. 55.9-11; Rom. 11.33-35).
We believe God the Father, as the first person of the Trinity; as Creator is Father to all men (Eph. 4.6), yet is the spiritual Father of only believers (Rom. 8.14; Gal. 3.26). He is sovereign over creation, providence and salvation (Ps. 103.19; Rom. 11.36). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Eph. 1.11) and providentially directs all creatures and events (1 Chron. 29.11). He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ and adopts them as His own, becoming their eternal Father (John 1.12; Rom. 8.15; Gal. 4.5).
We believe Jesus Christ is eternal, having no beginning (John 8.58); being fully God, equal to the Father (John 5.19, 22). We believe that at the incarnation Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence. He joined to His divine person all the essential elements of humanity so as to be fully human, while not diminishing or losing any of His divine attributes (Col. 2.9; John 14.9). We believe in His virgin birth; His human nature being miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit (Isa. 7.14; Luke 1.35; John 1.14; Matt. 1.18-25); His sinless life (1 John3.5; 1 Peter 2.22; Heb. 4.15); His miracles and teaching (John 20.30-31). We believe in His substitutionary atoning death (Rom. 3.24-25; Eph. 1.7; 1 Peter 2.24; 2 Cor. 5.21); His bodily resurrection (Rom. 1.4; 4.25); His ascension into heaven (Acts 1.9-10); His perpetual intercession for His people (Heb. 7.25; 9.24); His return to the earth at which time He will set up His kingdom (Rev. 19.11-16; 20.1-6; Matt. 24.3 â€“ 25.46).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity, possessing all the attributes and nature of God including omniscience (1 Cor. 2.10-13), omnipresence (Ps. 139.7-10), and eternality (Heb. 9.14). He is co-equal with the Father and Son (Matt. 28.19; Acts 5.3-4). He was sent from the Father and Son to convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John1.8-11), and to regenerate (Titus 3.5), sanctify (2 Thess. 2.13, seal (Eph. 1.13-14), and empower (Acts 1.8) all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells, teaches and guides (John 16.13 â€“ 14). He sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts on Christians, which are given for the purpose of building up the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12.7, 11).
We believe man was directly and immediately created by God so that man would glorify God, enjoy fellowship with Him and His life in fulfilling Godâ€™s will (Isa. 43:7; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11; 21:3-4; 22:3-5). Mankind was created in the image of God and is therefore the crown of God’s creation. Being in the image of God, mankind is capable of lofty attainments – artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. But the introduction of sin has radically ruined mankind. We believe Adamâ€™s sin of disobedience resulted in Adam and all of his descendantâ€™s physical and spiritual death and their becoming sinners by nature and by choice (Rom. 5:11-12; Eph. 2:3; Rom. 3:10-18). Man is inherently sinful in his nature and estranged from God, even from the womb (Ps. 51:7; Eph. 2:3) and is subject to the just wrath of God (Rom. 3:9-10, 13-18) and utterly incapable of choosing or doing, apart from Godâ€™s Grace, to save himself from his sin and its consequences and is hopelessly lost (Eph. 2:12; Rom. 3:23). Humanity is loved by God and will, by Him, be redeemed.
We believe that salvation is accomplished wholly by God on the basis of the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ, whose death provided for us redemption. Jesus Christâ€™s death completely and once for all provided substitutionary payment for our sins (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:10-14). It is His death alone which satisfies forever the holy justice of God toward believing sinners (Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 2:14-17; 10:10-14). It is on the basis of grace alone through faith in Christ that we are saved (Eph. 2:8-9). We believe God saves any sinner who calls upon Him in faith: believing Jesus alone is Lord and that He alone has paid the penalty for their sins by dying on the cross and rising again for them (Acts 2:21; 1 Cor. 15:1-5). This faith inherently involves repentance (turning from sin) and submission to Christ alone as Lord (Acts 2:36-38).
The Church is the Body of Christ (Eph. 1.22-23). Its existence, life, and purpose are found in Jesus Christ. It is comprised of all true born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 2.11 â€“ 3.6), who are placed into the Church (the body of Christ) immediately when they first believe (1 Cor. 12.13). We believe the purpose of the church is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10.31) by reflecting the love of Christ (1 Tim. 1.5; John 13.34-35), and by making disciples through evangelizing non-believers and teaching them to obey Christ (Matt. 28.18-20). We believe the universal church is manifested through local churches and that Christians are to commit themselves together in one of these local churches (Heb. 10.25), which are to be governed by spiritually qualified men called Elders [also called bishops and pastors] (1 Tim. 3.1-10; Acts 20.28).
We believe there will be a bodily resurrection of all people: the saved unto eternal life (John 6.39; Rom. 8.19-23; Rev. 20.1-5) and the unsaved to judgment and eternal, conscience punishment in separation from God in hell (Dan. 12.2; John 5.39; Rev. 20.11-15; 2 Thess. 1.8-10; Matt. 25.41). At death, the believer immediately passes into the presence of the Lord (Phil. 1.23). The body of the believer will be raised at the rapture when Christ returns for His church (1 Thess. 4.13-18).