We believe the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. In other words, it is the revealed will of God concerning what Christians should believe and how they should live.
The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith. "Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent." Doctrinal creeds and statements of faith can be both divisive and misleading, since they are all composed by imperfect human beings.
Therefore, we assert the following:
In essential beliefs - we have unity. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
In nonessential beliefs - we have liberty. (Romans 14:1,4,12,22)
In all our beliefs - we exhibit charity. (I Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15)
What We Believe About…
There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.
[ Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14 ]
2. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is coequal with the Father. He is the expressed image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, is seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
[ John 1:1-5,14, 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10 ]
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. People are re-generated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ. He provides believers with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily guidance. We believe that every gift of the Spirit present in the New Testament is present in the church today, and should be practiced in humility, faith, and love in proper submission to the Head, which is Christ.
[ Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14, 12:3-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18 ]
People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God's creation and love. Through willful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
[ Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21 ]
Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin. Salvation is the perfect, free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through the acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as the son of God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
[ John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:6-21, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 ]
6. THE CHURCH
The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God. All true believers are then members of the universal church — the body of Christ. Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord's Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God's plan for His people and the world. The work of parachurch groups is appreciated, but the local church is God's chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in cooperating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions.
[ Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 1 Corinthians 14; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4-6, 9-16 ]
7. ETERNAL DESTINY
God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell. Eternal fellowship and union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
[ John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46, 19:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15 ]