What We Believe
Trinity: God is the sovereign, righteous, holy, triune Creator of the universe. He is not a distant apathetic being, but immensely personal as expressed through His love, justice, mercy and truth. He exists in three persons -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.. These three are distinct persons in one essence, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 32:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4, 14; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Father: God the Father is the sovereign King of heaven and earth, creating and sustaining all things by His word for His glory. He is faithful to every promise and works all things together for good to those who love Him. In His unfathomable grace, He gave His son, Jesus Christ, for mankind’s redemption and sent His spirit to indwell those whom He has saved. He created man to live in fellowship with Him and in Him is complete contentment and full joy.
(Genesis1:1-2:3; Psalm 3:5, 103:19; Isaiah 41:10; John 14:26; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Peter 4:11, 1 John 4:14; Titus 3:4-7)
Son: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, through whom all things were made. He humbled Himself being made in the likeness of man (fully man, knowing temptation and suffering, yet fully God) and lived a sinless life in 1st century Judea. In His unending grace, He willingly died in atonement for the sins of humanity and was physically raised from the dead three days later. Through His death all who believe are forgiven of their sins and are no longer under the enslavement and penalty of sin. Through His resurrection comes the guarantee of salvation to all those who believe, the fullness of life in the Spirit, and the hope of the restoration of all things. He ascended in to heaven where He acts as our High Priest, mediator, and advocate before God. He will return to judge the living and the dead.
(John 1:1-18, 3:16, 32, 10:10; Romans 6:23, 8:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Philippians 2:1-11; Hebrews 1:3, 2:18, 4:15, 5:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-61 John 5:20)
Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Lord, giver of life, and the third person of the Trinity who is worshipped along with the Father and the Son. He restrains evil, brings conviction of sin, and gives guidance, spiritual gifts, and instruction. It is only by His power that we are able to cry out to God for forgiveness, praise Him, and grow in faith and righteousness. He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. Those who believe in Christ and the one who sent Him are baptized by the Holy Spirit, uniting them with the Body of Christ, the Church, and permanently sealing them unto the day of Christ’s return. There is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit occurring at salvation. Those yielded to God are filled with His Spirit to bear spiritual fruit, seek God, pray in accordance with God’s will, and grow in righteousness. All who are indwelt by Him are noticeably changed bearing His fruit.
(John 3:8, 14:16-17, 16:7-11; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 13, 14:22-24; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; Hebrews 2:4)
Bible: The Bible is God’s word, in which the Holy Spirit authoritatively guided human authors so that they composed and recorded His revelation without error in the original manuscripts. Using their personalities, languages and experiences they wrote the manuscripts as revealed to them by God, not by acts of their own imagination. As such, all Scripture is useful and beneficial as the authoritative source for correct doctrine and worship of God, sufficiently revealing God’s nature and acts to mankind. Its words are beneficial for learning, practicing, meditating upon, and teaching. It is true to everything to which it speaks and neither seeks to confuse or deceive.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 17:19; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9; Matthew 5:17-19; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
Man, Sin, Salvation: Man was created in the image of God, being made male and female and was given authority and a mission on Earth. Though the first people on Earth, Adam and Eve, lived in perfect union with God, they chose to turn from Him in sin. As a result, all people are born in depravity, having the nature of rebellion against God. It is impossible for us to reach up to God in praise or do anything to clean ourselves from sin and avoid the penalty due us. We need a savior.
God, through His love and grace, sent His son Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for all mankind. By faith, through grace, we can accept this gift of redemption. Those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for their sins are forgiven by God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and given a future hope.
(Genesis 1:27-30, 2:15, 3:10-13; Isaiah 64:6; John 3:16-21, 5:24; Acts 13:39; Romans 3:23-25, 5:8, 6:23, 8:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, 12:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:3, 2:8-10; Philippians 1:6, 3:12-14)
Christian Life: The process of spiritual maturation and becoming like Christ, known as sanctification, begins in the life of the Christian immediately after salvation. This growth is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit who guides, indwells, empowers and enables us to live the Christian life. All who are in Christ are set apart from sin and for God in His Church. This does not mean that we never sin or are already perfect, but we strive towards that end by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately, those who are in Christ will be perfected when they are taken to be with Christ.
(John 17:17; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:19-5:27; Philippians 1:6, 12-14; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10, 14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:16, 2:9).
The Church: The Church is not a building or a specified meeting, but a people transformed by the grace of God. All who believe in the Son are baptized by the Spirit and become members of the church – part of the people of God. The local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and equipping for/practice of Kingdom service; specifically stewarding our lives for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. The Church is God’s main engine for life transformation and redemption of culture. As such, all persons who claim Christ are called to invest and include themselves in corporate worship, service, and care of other believers.
(Genesis 2:18; Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47; I Corinthians 1:1-2, ch. 12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-13, 10:32; Hebrews 10:25)
Ordinances of the Church: Christ instituted two ordinances of the Church – water baptism and the Lord’s supper – both of which are to be observed by believers until He returns. Neither are required works of salvation but are practiced in obedience to Christ and as a testimony to God. Water baptism publicly identifies a believer with their Savior through immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; it is a symbol of union with Christ in death and resurrection and a cleansing from sin. Baptism is only to be practiced once by a person who has received salvation by the confession of sins and belief in Christ’s death and resurrection, symbolically becoming His disciple. The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ's death and remembrance of the His work in our own lives reserved for genuine followers of Christ in remembrance of His death. Whereas baptism is to be done only once, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed repeatedly as a sign of ongoing participation in the Body of Christ. In this, the Lord’s Supper reminds us of the Gospel, nourishing our souls, and signifies the unity of all who partake. Every Christian has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord's Supper but that participation must always be preceded by solemn self-examination.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19–20; Acts 10:47–48; 16:32–33; 18:7–8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Last Things: We believe in the personal, physical, visible, imminent and glorious coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church. We believe that Christ’s kingdom, a new heaven and a new earth, will be established at his return. We believe in the subsequent resurrection of the living and the dead leading to their final judgment at the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium. Those outside of Christ, along with Satan and his host, shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord. The righteous, in glorious resurrected bodies, will live and reign with God, giving Him unending glory. The whole of creation will praise God who will make all things new.
(Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-31; Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:1-15)