We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, without error, and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119: 105, 160; Proverbs 30:5).
The True God
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are identical in essence, equal in power, glory, and have the same attributes and perfections (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who is co-equal with the Father. He became a man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (John 1:14, 18; Luke 1: 35; Romans 1:3-4, 3:24-26; Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is also present in the world to make mankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of salvation and seals them until the day of redemption. He provides the Christian with power for living and understanding spiritual truths (John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:7-15, 3:8; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30, 5:1,18; Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25).
The Fall of Man
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. However, because of Adam’s sin, man inherited a sinful nature, which alienated him from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23, 5:12, Ephesians 2:12).
Salvation is God’s gift of grace to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life with God begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1).
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ consists of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. This church, a local expression of the Universal Church of Jesus Christ, engages in public worship; in the building up one another toward likeness of Christ; and the making of disciples both locally and throughout the world in accordance with the Great Commission (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12).
The Church Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinance of baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper to be observed by all believers until His return (Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus for His own, the Church, and his subsequent millennial kingdom on earth (1 Thessalonians. 1:9-10, 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:6).
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God in hell, or in union with God in heaven through forgiveness and salvation (1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 6:23; I John 5:11-12; Revelation 20:15).
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us security (John 10:29; Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39, 11:6; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-5).
The Responsibility of Believers
We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, not bringing reproach upon their Lord and Savior (Romans 12:1, 2; Galatians 5:16, 25; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1). We believe that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures, and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all the world (Acts 1:8). We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them (I Corinthians 16:2; Matthew 6:9-13). We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to grow in Christ through the daily reading and studying of Scripture (John 8:32, 15:5). We believe that every believer is called to worship God individually and corporately as a part of the body of Christ (Matthew 22:37-38; I Corinthians 12). We believe it is the duty of all believers to nurture and minister to other members of the body (Matthew 22:37-38). We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to become a disciple and learn to disciple others (Matthew 28:19-20). And we believe it is the biblical obligation of every believer to fellowship in unity with the rest of the body of Christ (Hebrews 10:25; I Corinthians 12:12-31).