The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and that it is God’s perfect and trustworthy revelation of his character and will to humankind. It was written by the hand of men under the perfect inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct, and is ultimately a testimony of Christ.
The One True God
We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of the same worship, reverence, and obedience. God is infinite in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. He alone is worthy of all honor and praise.
God as Father is all wise and providentially cares for his universe. He is fatherly toward all people but is Father in truth only to those who become his children through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
God as Son is Jesus Christ who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was fully God and fully human. He took upon himself the form of humanity yet without sin. After living a perfect life, he died a substitutionary death on the cross to provide redemption. After his bodily resurrection, he appeared to people for forty days and then ascended into heaven to serve as the Mediator and Intercessor for his people. At the Father’s initiation, the Son will return to earth to judge the world and bring to consummation his redemptive mission to all of creation.
God as the Holy Spirit is the divine Spirit of God that was active in creation. He was the person of the Trinity responsible for inspiring men to write the Bible. He now works to convict people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He illuminates truth in order to call people to salvation. At the moment of salvation, he baptizes believers into the Body of Christ, indwells them, and seals them in salvation as a down payment of the future fullness of their relationship with God. His presence in a Christian enables them to grow in their faith and understanding of the work and will of God.
The Nature of People
We believe that people are the special creation of God, made in God’s own image in a state of innocence with moral responsibility. Adam’s choice to sin has brought sin into the human race and marred the image of God in us. All people are born in sin and now stand under the righteous anger of God’s punishment.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and is necessary for every person since we are all affected by sin. Salvation comes only by Jesus Christ who freely took upon the form of man, yet without sin; lived a perfect life; and became the sacrifice for man’s sin by his death. Having been raised from the dead, he ascended to his throne in heaven. When a person believes in Jesus Christ, they are freed from the guilt of sin, released from darkness into life, placed into a friendship with Christ, made a new creation, indwelt and baptized by the Holy Spirit, renewed in the image of Christ, and given the gift of eternal life.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit chooses how to gift all believers in a supernatural manner to enable them to evangelize those yet to be saved and edify the church in such a way that believers remain in control of their faculties and operate within the bounds of scriptural mandates. All gifts are available today and are to be used in an orderly fashion and under the guidance of the Spirit and the leaders of the church.
We believe in the global church, a living spiritual body which includes all of the redeemed of all ages and all nations, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of an assembly of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, who join their lives together by a covenant of belief and practice with Christ as their Lord. They observe the two ordinances of Christ, which are baptism by immersion after personal belief and the Lord’s Supper. The church is governed by the Scriptures and shares the Gospel with the world.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered to those who are born again until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe Jesus gave his followers the mission of sharing the message of salvation and making disciples of all nations and cultures. Christ expressly commanded that the church and its members are to serve as a witness in their life and words as to the grace of Christ offered by His sacrificial death for sin. In order for that work to be done, all Christ-followers are to mature in their understanding of God and practice of their beliefs through spiritual growth and formation. It is the work of Christ to save people from their sin and that work continues through transforming the redeemed into his image. This work is to be done in a culturally relevant fashion by imaginative pioneering methods with the Scriptures as the guide for its content and method. A further element of missional living is the willingness on the part of believers to give of their finances in a cheerful, generous and sacrificial fashion to finance the work of the church in its ministries locally and globally.
We believe that local churches of similar faith, vision and practice can best promote the mission of Jesus Christ by networking with one another. All such networking exists and functions by the will of the churches, is voluntary and may be terminated at any time, and is global in nature.
We believe that Christ-followers should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to achieve for themselves and others the full stature of maturity and unity in Christ.
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
God has chosen the family as the foundation of culture and as a portrait of His relationship to the church. Marriage is defined by God as a lifetime covenant between one man and one woman in which there is mutual submission to one another. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and the wife is to lovingly submit to the leadership of the husband as the church does to Christ. Parents are to nurture their children by teaching them the truths of the Bible and modeling a loving relationship with their Lord and one another.
The Last Things
We believe that, according to his promise and at a time known only to God, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to earth and the establishment of his kingdom. He will raise the dead and judge all men by His righteous standard. There will be an eternal separation of those without Christ to hell, a place of real and eternal punishment, and the saved to endless joy in a perfect place of fellowship with God. The Bible teaches that believers are to live as if the time of Christ’s return could be at any moment.