The Word of God. We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all that we believe and for how we are to live.
(Matthew 5:18; John 10:35 and 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
The Trinity. We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these being one God are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in wisdom and judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God created the world, and that He upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists. He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name and according to His sovereign will.
(Psalm 104 and 139; Matthew 10:29-31 and 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12 and 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)
God the Father. We believe the heavenly Father is the source of all that exists, whether of matter or spirit. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, He made man, male and female, in His image. He relates to people as Father, thereby forever declaring His goodwill toward them. In love He both seeks and receives penitent sinners.
(Psalm 68:5; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 5:45; 7:11; John 3:17; Romans 8:15; 1 Peter 1:17)
God the Son. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (the Messiah), the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed on the cross He obtained for us eternal redemption--the forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, and eternal life. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, and He is forever fully God and fully human, making intercession for the saints forever, and reigning over all of heaven and earth, one day returning to the earth in glory to consummate our salvation and restore all things.
(Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25, 9:13-15 and 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2)
God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service, resulting in our increasing sanctification, Christlikeness of character, and fruitfulness. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, which are supernatural manifestations of God’s power such as healing and miracles, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are all operative today, and are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission.
(Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13 and 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 8:9 and 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14 and 5:18)
Salvation. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, and is in Christ and His work of redemption through the cross alone. No ordinance, ritual, good work, or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, also sanctifies believers by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God's sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ.
(John 1:12-13, 6:37-44 and 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4 and 8:1-17, 31-39 and 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7, 9)
Sacraments. We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two ordinances of the Church given by Christ to be observed until the time of His return. They are not a means of salvation, but are vital and necessary means of God's sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus, and we are commanded by Christ to observe these faithfully.
(Matthew 26:26-29 and 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21)
The Church. We believe that the Church is God's primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church ministry gifts in specific men and women, as well as spiritual gifts to every individual believer, that the church would be built up and mature in love and ministry. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers, and that every Christian has personal access to God directly, and serves God through serving others as His representative. We believe in the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of believers, which are led by servant leaders who care for the flock of God, and equip and release each believer into their calling. We understand that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the Gospel and do all the works of the Kingdom.
(Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18, 42; Ephesians 3:14-21 and 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5 and 9-10)
Humanity and Evil. We believe that humanity was created in the image of God, male and female, righteous and without sin. Humanity fell into sin, and as a consequence of disobedience, all persons are sinners by nature and choice, spiritually dead and justly condemned in the sight of God, unable to save themselves. The whole created order suffers under evil and limitation because of this fall of humanity into sin. God also created angelic beings, one of whom fell into rebellion, Satan, taking a host of other angels with him, which are the cause of much evil on the earth. But Satan was defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the place of judgment prepared for him and his angels.
(Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18 and 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 Tim. 2:3-6, Isa. 14:10–17; Ezekiel 28:11–19; Matthew 12:25–29; 25:41; John 12:31; 16:11; Ephesians 6:10–20; Colossians 2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelations 12:7–9; 20:10)
Missions and Service. We believe that God has called the Church to work together in unity and honor in preaching the Gospel to all nations, in making disciples, and remembering the poor and ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the Kingdom of God. Every believer is called to be a witness, in whatever sphere of society and culture they are located, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in this way is serving in the fulfillment of the great commission of Christ and are functioning as salt and light to the world, and transforming agents of the Kingdom of God.
(Isaiah 58:6-12 and 61:1; Matthew 5-7, 28:18-20; Luke 4:18 and 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8, Acts 1:8)
The Return of Christ. We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of this age when He will return to earth personally and visibly to reign over the nations and to consummate His Kingdom. We believe in and are praying for an end time great harvest of souls and the emergence of an overcoming Church that will experience an unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit.
(Psalms 2:7-9 and 22:27-28; John 14:12 and 17:20-26; Romans 11:25-32; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14)
Heavenly Rewards and Judgment. We believe that when the Christian dies they pass immediately into the presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with Christ until the day of the resurrection, and the glorious transformation of their body. The saved will receive eternal rewards and forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God and serve in His eternal purposes in the ages to come. We also believe that when the unbeliever dies they are consigned to hell because of their refusal to repent and believe, there to await the final just judgment of God, and eternal separation from the presence of God because of their impenitence. God desires that all men be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26 and 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15 and 21:1-22:15, 1 Timothy 2:4)
We Confess and Believe the Historic Creeds of the Church and are committed to the great truths and abiding fundamentals of the Christian faith. This commitment is expressed through our alignment with the historic creeds, the two primary examples being the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. We also align ourselves with the more contemporary Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals (USA).