What we believe is at the heart of all that we are and do. Like ripples in the water, the priorities that individuals and the church are collectively committed to extend outward, affecting everything.
1 We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, absolute and complete, authoritative Word of God, and the one rule of doctrine and duty.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
2 We believe in one true and triune God, eternally existing in three Persons – – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – – co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
3 We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His substitutional and atoning death through His shed blood, in His literal bodily resurrection, His intercession for the saints, and His personal return in power and glory.
(Luke 1:26-35; John 1:12; Acts 2:24; 18:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:18, 19)
4 We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; and regenerates and indwells all believers, baptizing them into the Body of Christ, sealing and setting them apart unto the Day of Redemption.
(Acts 18; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 5:18)
5 We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God), and that all men are corrupted in body, soul and spirit, and are in need of redemption.
(Genesis 1:26; 2:17; Romans 3:10-23)
6 We believe in one condition for eternal salvation, which is trusting and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through an act of the will and that salvation is by faith and not based on any work or merit of the individual. Also, at the moment of salvation, one is justified (sins completely pardoned and one declared righteous before God), one is regenerated (born into God’s family) and one is sanctified (a state of being set apart unto God). We believe that Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and man, and that there is no other means of identifying with God, no other way to God, and no other means of experiencing the saving grace of God.
(John 1:12; 3:16; John 3:3-8; John 14:6 Acts 13:39; Romans 8:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6;)
7 We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(John 6:37; John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:38, 39; 1 John 5:13)
8 We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all persons who are born of the Spirit into God’s family through a personal faith in Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
9 We believe that the ordinances of the Church are: the Memorial of the Lord’s Supper (communion) and believer’s Baptism (baptism by immersion following salvation).
(Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:37, 38; Romans 6:3-7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
10 We believe in the personal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth; the bodily resurrection of the saved to the eternal abode in the glory of God’s presence; and the bodily resurrection of the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire.
(John 5:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
11 We believe in executing Christ’s last command to His disciples to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
(Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8)