We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is therefore our ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice. The Bible consists of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, has been intentionally given to us by God, and alone constitutes the verbally inspired Word of God. The Bible is therefore completely true, sufficient, beneficial, joy-producing, powerful and without error in the original manuscripts (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 19:7-11, John 15:11).
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. He is the one true and living God, the Creator of all that exists, and is infinitely perfect in his knowledge, love, and holiness. He sovereignly rules over all things and graciously brings about his eternal good purpose to redeem a people for himself. He is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration (Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 45:5-6, Isaiah 46:9-10, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-3, Ephesians 1:11-12, Hebrews 11:3, Revelation 4:11).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, and is therefore both fully God and fully man (Mark 2:1-12, John 1:1&14, 8:58, 20:28, Romans 9:5). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:20, Luke 1:34-35). We believe in his sinless life, his miracles, and his teaching (2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, Acts 2:22). We believe Jesus was crucified on the cross and died as the substitute to pay the penalty for our sin (Matthew 20:28, Romans 5:6-8, Hebrews 9:28, Galatians 3:13); that he physically rose from the dead and ascended into heaven (Matthew 28:1-7, Acts 1:9-11, 2:23-24, 5:30, Romans 1:4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin, and by his powerful work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every person who believes in Jesus, giving them gifts for the building up of the church and empowering them to live a godly life (John 14:16-17, 16:8, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12:1-11, 14:12, Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 4:11-12).
We believe God created human beings, male and female, in his own image, and that we were created as very good and are fearfully and wonderfully made (Genesis 1:26-31, Psalm 139:13- 14). Therefore all human life is sacred from conception until death. At creation God established and ordained marriage as the life-long, covenantal union of one man and one woman, as a representation of Christ’s relationship to his church. (Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-33, Revelation 19:7-9, 21:2, 21:9). Adam disobeyed God as the representative of the entire human race, and we have all inherited a sinful nature in him. We all are therefore sinners, guilty by birth and action and thus deserve the penalty of physical and spiritual death. As a result we are separated from God, stand under the condemnation and wrath of God and are in an entirely hopeless situation apart from God’s gracious intervention (Genesis 3:5, 6:5, Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:10-18, 3:23, 5:8,5:12,1 Corinthians 15:22, Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe the gospel is the life-transforming good news of Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:44). By Jesus’ perfect obedience to all of his Father’s commands and purposes, including his substitutionary and atoning death on the cross, he satisfied the just demands and the righteous wrath of God on our behalf, and his righteousness can now be credited to us by grace through faith. We believe salvation is accomplished through God’s predestining and regenerating love through Christ Jesus, and man’s right response of repentance and faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Those who believe have their sins fully forgiven and are reconciled to God. They become a new creation, are allowed to experience true life and joy and are given eternal life. We believe Jesus is the only way of salvation and that salvation is found in no one else (John 3:14-16, John 5:24, Romans 3:21-26, Romans 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Galatians 2:21, Ephesians 1:3, 11, Ephesians 2:4-10, 1 John 5:1, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
We believe the church includes all the people who have been saved by Jesus Christ and is central to God’s purposes in creation. Jesus is the head of the church. The church is the means by which God is fulfilling his primary purpose in the world of raising up a people from every nation, tribe, tongue and language who will declare and delight in his greatness and glory. This mission of good will succeed. We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly commanded in the New Testament, and that active, involved membership in a local church is essential for a follower of Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit gives gifts to the different parts of the body for the building up of the body and the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. We believe Jesus has commanded two ordinances for the local church, baptism of a believer by immersion and the Lord’s supper, which should be administered until the return of Jesus (Ephesians 1:22- 23, 2:19-22, 3:10-11, 5:25-27, Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 16:18, Habakkuk 2:14, Revelation 7:9-10, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38,Acts 2:42-47, Romans 6:3-4, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Corinthians 14:12, 1 Timothy 3:1-3, Titus 1:5-11, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe in the personal, visible, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe every human being will live forever, will be physically resurrected, and will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Those who have not trusted in Christ will receive the just penalty for their sins, eternal conscious punishment in hell, as Jesus himself taught. Those who have trusted in Christ will live and reign in eternal blessedness in the presence of God in the new heaven and the new earth (Matthew 24:30, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Romans 14:9, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 25:41, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 12:5, Revelation 21-22).