We believe the Holy Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is infallible and trustworthy pertaining to all matters on which it teaches. It is unrivaled in its authority over life and faith and it is the sovereign director of our worldview (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
The Nature of God
We believe in the Triune God; in the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible; in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God and Lord over all, through whom all things were made and to whom all things belong; in the Holy Spirit given by the Resurrected Christ for the sanctification of men, in order that God may be all-in-all. The substance of God is Spirit, His Word speaking, which is also the true cause and substance of all things visible. Each is personally distinct from another, yet one in being, power, nature, glory and goodness having existed eternally in the Godhead (John 1:1-3, 14, 18, 3:31, 4:24, 10:30, 15:26, 2 Cor. 3:17, Col. 1:15-19, 2 Thess. 2:13, Rev. 1:8, 22:13, 1 John 1:5).
The Nature of Humanity
We believe that humanity was created in the image of God, and because of this, people are of great value to God. He created people for Himself that they would know Him and enjoy fellowship with one another. However, because of the sin of Adam, humanity alienated itself from God and inherited a sinful nature, making it impossible to restore the communion between them and God. Humanity is spiritually lost and now under the judgment of God for its rebellion. Without Jesus Christ, humanity has no hope (Gen. 1:27, 3:22-24, Rom. 1:18-31, 3:23, 5:19, Psalm 51:5, John 3:18, 1 John 1:7, Eph. 2:12).
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Triune God, born of the Virgin Mary as God Incarnate. Having lived a sinless life, He offered His body as propitiation to God on our behalf in order to atone for our sin. His death, by crucifixion, accomplished our redemption and reconciliation. His resurrection declared Him to be, most assuredly, the Son of God, and by it we have secured our justification before God. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty where, as our advocate and mediator, he lives to intercede for us. He will return one day in glory so as to bring all things to fruition and accomplish the fullness of the plan of God (Isa. 7:14, 53:5, Matt. 1:25, Heb. 4:15, 7:25, 2 Cor. 5:18, 21, 1 John 2:1-2, Col. 1:22, Rom. 1:4, 4:25, Acts 2:33, 1 Thess. 4:16-17).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Triune God, who indwells all those who have embraced Christ by faith, animating and empowering them to live worthy of God and in Christ-likeness. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and leads people to knowledge of the righteousness of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the work whereby the Spirit of God places the believer into union with Christ and into union with other believers in the body of Christ at the moment of salvation thereby enabling him/her to exercise their Spiritual gifts. He is the regenerating agent sent to sanctify believers to God, and the One through whom spiritual gifts are imparted that God’s Church would be a dynamic force in blessing the world (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 2 Cor. 3:17, Rom. 8:9-11, 1 John 5:12, John 16:8-11, 2 Cor. 3:18, 12:4-5).
Salvation and Judgment
We believe salvation lies in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. It is a free gift, unable to be merited by any human achievement or personal goodness, but rather it is received by faith and expressed in the individual’s repentance and recognition of Christ and His finished work on the cross. One is born again when they undergo a “spiritual rebirth” of the human soul or spirit, contrasted with the physical birth everyone experiences. Those who profess to be born again have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe in the ultimate judgment of God, whereby people, having been sealed by death, will stand before God to give an account for the life lived in the body. Those who have no faith in Christ will be eternally damned to Hell. Those who know Christ and have been faithful to Him will be ushered into an eternal existence in the worship and love of God (John 3:3, 18, 11:25, 14:6, Eph. 2:8, Mark 1:15, Heb. 9:27, 2 Cor. 5:10, Matt. 7:23, 1 John 3:2).
We believe in the one, true Church universal, fashioned from all those born again into the Kingdom of God. We believe this holy Church to be the spiritual body and future bride of the resurrected Christ. This Church is not confined to a physical structure or by ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, or denominational lines, for its unity is testified to in the sacraments of Baptism and Communion. This body of Christ is a congregation of all those who believe in Christ and seek to foster a community nourished by God’s Word, corporate prayer, mutual encouragement and accountability as well as godly instruction so as to become a sanctuary for a lost and dying world (Eph. 4:4, John 3:3,5, 1 Cor. 12:12-13, Luke 22:19, Acts 2:38, 2 Tim. 1:13-14, Heb. 3:13, 10:25, Col. 1:9).
We believe in the reality of spiritual gifts as imparted by the Resurrected Christ through His Holy Spirit to all those who have taken faith in Christ. We believe it is the responsibility of the Church to provide opportunity for believers to grow in grace just as it is the responsibility of the believer to foster and exercise these gifts so as to minister to the Church. It is the assignment of every believer to serve according to the gifts he has been given in order to fulfill God’s perfect will for the believer’s life in the Church (1 Cor. 12:4-31).