What We Believe

 

The Bible; authority and revelation
We believe that God is revealed through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) and in His creation.  The Bible, which consists of all sixty-six Old and New Testament books, are divinely authoritative in all they affirm. (Ps. 19:1-6; Heb. 1:1-2; John 17:17)
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture. This means the Holy Spirit dynamically superintended the verbal expressions of the human authors of Scripture so that the very thoughts God intended were accurately penned in the wording of the original manuscripts. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13)
We believe the Scriptures are trustworthy, without error as to fact and infallible as to truth, and should be interpreted in context to properly understand the intent and meaning. The Bible, in it's diligently translated versions, continues to bear the final authoritative instruction of God for the church and the world. (John 10:35b; Ps. 19:7; Matt. 5:17-18; Jude 3)


The Divine Trinity
We believe in God, the one triune, infinite, personal Spirit who created and governs all things and who is the sole object of our worship. This one God has always existed in eternal relationship as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having precisely the same divine attributes. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 4:24)


God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the holy and loving Creator of all things. Unlimited in time, space, knowledge, and power, the Father has planned all that comes to pass. Although distinct from His creation, He is immanently at work in it. (Ps. 139: 1-16; 1 Cor. 8:6; John 5:17)


God the Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became man, without ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to redeem sinful humanity. He satisfied God’s holy and just demands by dying as our substitute on the cross. He assured our redemption by His resurrection from the dead in the same, though glorified, body in which He was crucified. (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)
We believe Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is exalted at the right hand of the Father. As High Priest for His people, He lives forever as our Intercessor and Advocate. (Heb. 9:24, 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)


God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, is co-equal with the Father and the Son.  He is the One who effectively imparts Christ’s life to all who believe on Jesus Christ through faith. He baptizes them into the body of Christ, dwells within all believers, seals them for the day of redemption, fills them, gifts and empowers them for a life of holiness and enables the believer to love and serve God and His church. He has also been sent by the Father to convict the world of sin, righteousness and the coming judgement. (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:1-14; Eph. 1:13-14, Gal. 5:22-25, John 16:8-11)


The Creation and Fall of Humanity
We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God. Through Adam's disobedience, all mankind is born into sin.  All men, sinners by birth and by choice, are alienated from God and have come under the judicial sentence of death. (Gen. 1:25-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3, 12)


Salvation
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God offered to all humanity by grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  All true believers, having been justified by faith are sealed, kept by His power and forever saved.  It is therefore the privilege and duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit, enjoying His presence, power and provision in a life well pleasing to God, exercising their spiritual gifts and manifesting their new life in Christ through good works in the church and to the world.  (Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; John 10:27-30; Phil. 1:6; Eph. 2:8-10; 5:17-19; Titus 2:11-14)


The Church
We believe the true Church, having begun at Pentecost, is the body of Christ, a spiritual community of all who have been born again through faith in Jesus Christ. Local gatherings of believers, the local church, represent Christ’s presence on earth as they proclaim the gospel message, observe the Lord's table (communion) and believer's baptism; and while loving one another, they are also to be the expression of Christ’s love to a lost and dying world. (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Mark 12:28-34; John 15:12)


Human Destiny
We believe in the physical resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous: the righteous to eternal fellowship with God, the unrighteous to eternal punishment, and conscious separation from God. (Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:15, 22:3-5, 11)
We believe in the personal, physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His kingdom reign upon the earth, and in a glorious, new heaven and earth where redeemed humanity will dwell forever with God. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 20:6)