Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures are the manner in which God has revealed to man who he is, who we are, why he created man, and how man can know him. Comprised of both the Old and New Testaments, the scriptures are God-breathed, God-inspired, inerrant in the original writings, and infallible. They are the sole authority for discerning the will of God and leading man into relationship with Jesus through salvation.

Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 19:7-11; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Trinity

The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16-17; Romans 8:12-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Father

We believe that the Father is coequal and coeternal to the Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator, sovereign ruler, and sustainer of all things. He is father over all creation and to all creation. The Father adopts as his children, through Jesus, all humanity whom he calls to Himself.

Psalm 146:5-7; Romans 8:12-17; John 17:24

The Son (Jesus)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the coequal, coeternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God. He was the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary to reveal God to mankind. Jesus lived a perfect life and offered himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. The Father raised Jesus from the dead three days later, conquering Satan, sin, death, and hell. After presenting himself to many witnesses, he ascended into heaven, where he sits as High Priest at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers and awaiting his return to the earth to judge the living and the dead.

Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1; John 1:14; John 3:16; Romans 8:31-34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 4:5

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is coequal and coeternal to the Father and Son. He is present and active in the world and in the hearts of believers in Jesus. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Jesus Christ. The Spirit seals and indwells the followers of Jesus being their assurance comforter, and teacher until the day of redemption.

John 14:25-26; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9

Man & Sin

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, consisting of: personality, the ability to discern good and evil, the capacity to rule, and the capacity for relationship. This image was distorted when sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience and rebellion against God. Through Adam’s rebellion, all mankind inherited a sin nature and is separated from God. Man is totally depraved and, apart from Jesus, is unable to remedy his sin condition. Mankind’s only hope for salvation is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-10

The Gospel

We believe that the Gospel is the good news of redemption from sin found in Christ and is the power of God unto salvation. Through the Gospel alone can mankind be delivered from the power of and punishment for sin. The Scriptures teach that the only way to the Father is through Jesus. He is the only mediator between God and man, and it is through him alone that we can have a relationship with God. The redemption of mankind is accomplished through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on earth, died an underserving death as a substitute for mankind’s punishment for sin and resurrected from the dead after three days to display his power over Satan, sin, death, and hell.

Romans 1:16; Romans 3:21-26; Galatians 3:6-14; 1 Peter 1:17-19; 1 Corinthians 15

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift of God: brought to man by grace from God, and only received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The accomplishment of our salvation is entirely of God. God purposed salvation for all who believe and now works in all who believe to bring salvation to its certain completion, which is perfection and glory in the everlasting presence of God. All who repent and believe in Jesus are saved from their sins, sealed with the Holy Spirit, given access to God, released from the power of sin, and given the responsibility of carrying out Jesus’ mission of reconciliation. The Gospel is not a one-time need or event, but a life transformation.

Isaiah 53:5-6; John 1:12; Romans 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:19-20; Ephesians 1:3-10, 2:8-10; Philippians 1:6, 3:12; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 Peter 1:17-19

The Church

We believe that the church of God is a gift to believers and the world. The church is both universal and local. The universal church, which is the body of Christ, is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers throughout the world and history. The local church is the visible manifestation of the universal church to the world in a particular place. The church is to follow the example of Jesus, our foundation and cornerstone, by manifesting the will of God on the earth, advancing the mission of God to the unbelieving, and providing believers with a community of fellow believers who will encourage them to sanctification and good works.

Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25