I. THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the inspired word of God, the final authority for life and faith, infallible and God-breathed. (John 17:17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Mathew 4:1-11; 5:17-18; 22:23-33)
II. THE GODHEAD
We believe that there is but one true and living God who eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is distinguished from the others, yet all three Persons possess the essence, attributes, and perfection of deity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Mathew 28:18-20).
III. CHRIST JESUS
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, the Son of God (John 10:30; 14:9- 10) came into the world, being born of a virgin, and became a man, so that He might reveal God to humanity and redeem a lost world. On the cross, Jesus died for the sins of humanity as a voluntary and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are freed from the penalty of sin, spiritual death, and are given eternal life. (John 10:15; 11:25-26; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24) We believe in the physical resurrection of the crucified body of Christ as proof of our justification, His ascension into heaven, and His position at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes on our behalf. (Romans 4:25; 8:34).
IV. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. (John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 9:14; Mathew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4- 6; 2 Corinthians 13:14) The primary work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is to progressively transform the us into the image of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells in the believer providing guidance and instruction. He convicts men of sin, produces faith in our hearts, baptizes us into the body of Christ, bestows spiritual gifts upon every believer, equips for ministry, and seals us for eternity. (2 Corinthians 3:18; (Romans 8:9; John 14:26, 16:7-8; 13; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Acts 1:8).
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God but that through Adam’s sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-19; Romans 5:12, 6:23) We believe that the whole human race, with Jesus being the only exception, is born with a nature that is unchangeably corrupt and hopelessly unable to please God apart from divine grace. (Psalm 14:1-3; Hebrews 4:15; Ephesians 2:1-10). However, we believe that because every person is made in God’s image, they have intrinsic value. This is seen in the reality of Jesus’ incarnation and his willingness to die for humanity.
We believe that salvation is a transition from spiritual death to eternal life, a new birth by the Spirit without which one cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Salvation, with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature, and its hope of eternal life, is entirely apart from man’s works. It is the gracious gift of God. We believe that salvation is given to all who receive Jesus Christ by faith. With salvation, the believer is eternally secure; he cannot lose his salvation. (Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:8-9; John 5:24; 3:11, 16; 10:27-29; Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 12:5-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe that every believer is justified by God (God’s legal act of freeing a person from the condemnation and penalty of sin and reckoning the same person as completely righteous) and is therefore declared to be holy and identified as a saint. This justification is positional, instantaneous, and has to do with the believer’s legal standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32,
1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1: 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2) Through Christ, the believer is accepted by the Father in Christ as Christ Himself is accepted, loved as Christ is loved, being linked to Him and one with Him forever. He is, at the point of salvation, in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ (John 5:24, 17:23; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12).
We believe that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive transformation (sanctification) by which the believer is brought closer to the likeness of Christ and is therefore able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God. (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22;
2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
VII. THE CHURCH
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 3:14-15) We believe that the establishment of local churches is biblical and is commanded in the New Testament scriptures. We believe that a plurality of godly men, called elders, serve over the local assembly under the authority of Christ as servants to Christ and are given authority by Him in directing the local church. (Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1;
1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18; Titus 1:5,7-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7).
We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the sacraments instituted by Christ for the Church in this age (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe that for the building up of the Body, divine, enabling gifts of service are given by the Spirit to all who are saved. There is a diversity of gifts, yet each believer is empowered by the same Spirit, and each is called by God for his own appointed service (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11).
VIII. THE FUTURE
We believe in the “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at an unexpected time to judge all humanity and consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1:10; 5:2, 9; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 3:10).