We believe in one God who created all things, who eternally exists in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are equal in power and glory but distinct in role (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus became man without ceasing to be God. He was born to Mary, a virgin who miraculously conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), in order to reveal God and to pay the price for people’s sin (John 1:1,2,14). After dying on a cross, Jesus came back from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of God. Jesus will return in bodily form to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He helps our weakness and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26), and is a pledge of our final resurrection (Romans 8:23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:5).
We believe the Bible is true in every way because it is the inspired word of God (God is its source). It was written and expressed by men under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:21) and is the final and absolute authority for how we live and what we think (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13).
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that Adam’s sin had consequences for everyone (‘the fall’). As a result, all people inherit a sinful nature, and are alienated from God; mankind is lost, spiritually dead, and unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
Salvation is only by grace, a gift from God. It is received through faith in Jesus, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3). Those who receive Christ by faith have their sins forgiven (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10), become children of God (John 1:12, 13), and are made new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). This gift of salvation is accomplished by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ through His death on the cross. Our justification (declaration of innocence) is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:12-17).
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, and is made up of all people who have received Christ’s salvation (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). We believe that the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11). The goal of the church is to make disciples, to encourage and teach godliness, and to present each believer complete in Christ (Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:28). We believe that the church should baptize believers and regularly observe communion (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The Responsibility of the Christian
Christians are to live a new life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 3:20; Acts 5:32, Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 2:6). The Christian’s responsibility is to pursue obedience to God through faith (Romans 6:13) in matters of Biblical ethics (Ephesians 4-6), Christian service, and the preaching of the Gospel. We believe that God has given all believers spiritual gifts which are to be used to serve the church (Romans 12:1-8; Colossians 1:28, 1 Cor 12-14). Prayer is to be a constant part of the life and ministry of the Christian (John 14:12-14; Ephesians 6:18, 19, 1 Thessalonians 5:17).