We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and written down by people of His choosing. It speaks with God’s authority through the individual styles and personalities of those who wrote it. The Bible teaches us how to live God-honoring lives, points out when we disobey God, and shows us how to correct our ways and continue on God’s path. The Bible is the trustworthy final authority on what is believed, taught, and practiced by this church.
(See Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in the one true and holy God, eternally existing in three “persons:” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. By His power, God created the universe, displaying His wisdom, goodness, and creativity. God continues to work throughout history by sustaining His creation and fulfilling His plan for the salvation of mankind.
(See Genesis 1:26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)
We believe Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. He became a man through a miraculous conception and a virgin birth. He lived a perfect life, committing no sin. He voluntarily died on the cross for our sins, bodily rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. Jesus will return at God’s appointed time to judge all of mankind according to God’s plan.
(See Matthew 16:16; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:14-16)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is coexisting and coequal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and righteousness. The Holy Spirit comes to live within every Christian at the point of salvation to empower him or her for spiritual growth and to build up the church through the use of spiritual gifts.
(See John 16: 4-15; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe humans were created in the image of God to have fellowship with, and glorify Him. People, however, sinned against God by choosing their own way. All people who have ever lived, except Jesus Christ, have chosen to sin against God and are, therefore, separated from Him. Salvation, which reconciles man to God, is available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can receive God’s grace by freely choosing to follow the biblical teachings concerning faith, repentance from sin, confession of faith, baptism, and the Lordship of Christ. Salvation is a gift from God and is not earned in any way.
(See John 1:12; John 14:6; Acts 2:36-39; Romans 6:3-5, 23; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
The Christian Life
We believe a saving relationship with Jesus Christ results in a life that is being transformed to be like Jesus. Our part of this process is to yield our lives to the Holy Spirit through appropriate spiritual disciplines. God’s part of this process is to transform us, from the inside out, into the image of Christ.
(See Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:1-2; Colossians 1:28-29)
We believe every man and woman who has ever lived will one day stand before God in judgment. Those who have rejected God and his offer of grace through Jesus will be eternally separated from God. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
(See Matthew 7:23; Matthew 8:12; Matthew 25:46; John 3:16-17; II Timothy 2:12; Revelation 14:13)
We believe all those who experience union with Christ through salvation are united with his body, the Church. The Bible instructs believers to gather for fellowship, worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, regular observance of the Lord’s Supper or Communion, service within the church, and outreach to the world. Its members meet regularly in obedience to these teachings. Under the guidance of elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity to extend the Kingdom of God on the earth.
(See Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:1-13; I Corinthians 12:12-13:13)