THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these are equal in every divine perfection, that they execute the distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 12:29-30; John 1:1-3; Acts 5:1-4; II Corinthians 13:14)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 34:15-18; Isaiah 6:1-5; John 4:24, 6:43-51; Romans 11:33-36)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful men. He lived a sinless and miraculous life, died on the cross for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice to atone for sins, bodily rose from the dead, ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His people, and will visibly return to earth.
(Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14-18; Acts 1:6-11; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-16)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer in Christ, and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
(John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-11; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 2:6-16; Galatians 5:16-25)
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God. God created them male and female, and established marriage to be a lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman. Though originally free from sin, through Adam's sin mankind became alienated from God, acquired a sin nature, and came under the judicial sentence of death.
(Genesis 1:26-31, 2:18-25, 3:1-7; Matthew 19:1-9; Romans 5:12-21)
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through personal faith in Jesus Christ, and that this faith is manifested in good works through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Those who are truly redeemed are kept by God's power and secure in Christ forever.
(John 10:27-30; Romans 3:21-31; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:8-10)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members; and in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. Members of the church are commissioned to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them. The Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism (by immersion) and the Lord’s Supper.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 11:17-34; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 3:12-17)
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Millennial Kingdom; and in the bodily resurrection of all people, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to conscious and everlasting punishment.
(Matthew 13:47-50; I Corinthians 15:12-58; Revelation 20:1-22:5)
We believe that each local church is self-governing, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. The Church and State are separate institutions and are not to dictate the affairs of the other. Christians are to submit to the governing authorities, except when it conflicts with the Word of God. Christians may influence the State through uncompromising political involvement.
(Acts 4:13-22; Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:1-5)