We believe God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God.
God the Father is eternal, unchangeable and the Creator of all. He is fully knowing, wise, good, loving, merciful, gracious, patient, holy, peaceful, righteous, powerful, sovereign, and perfect. (Gen. 1:1; 1 John 3:20; Rom. 16:27; Luke 18:19; 1 John 4:8; Ex. 34:6; Is. 6:3; Rom. 15:33; Is. 45:19; Ps. 115:3; Mt. 5:48)
God the Son is Jesus Christ, eternally existing and begotten from the Father. He took on human flesh for the sake of our salvation. He is fully God and fully man. Through Him, all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. He was crucified on a cross, buried in a tomb, and resurrected three days later to sit at the right hand of God the Father until He returns. (Col. 1:15-20; John 1:14; Heb. 1:3; Mt. 28:1-8; Acts 1:9-11;
God the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and Son and is sent to give new life. He unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, convicts men of sin, brings about the new birth, and dwells within believers. (John 15:26-27; Eph. 1:13-14; John 16:7-12)
We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible (39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament) to be the inspired Word of God and therefore are inerrant in their original manuscripts. The Scriptures carry full authority, truth, and sufficiency to one's own faith and life. (Ps. 19; Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)
We believe that God made man – male and female – in His own image. As the crown of His creation, every human being is considered sacred as an image bearer of God. Man was created good, but by temptation and voluntary transgression fell from a holy and happy state into a rebellion against the Creator. Consequently, all are now sinners. Though marred by the Fall, mankind retains the image of God and therefore possesses intrinsic value, dignity, and dominion over creation. Therefore, human dignity is not dependent on age, mental capacity, developmental stage, health, race, or gender. (Gen. 3:1-7; Rom. 1:18-25; Rom. 5:12-19)
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. Salvation is only by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ through faith are declared righteous by God and become children of God. (John 3:5-8; Heb. 10:19-25)
We believe that God, by His Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling humanity into the fellowship of Christ’s body. The Church is made up of those have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and personally follow the gospel. The purpose of the Church is to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples. The Church is called to do this through worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, the exercise of our gifts and talents, and the proclamation of the gospel both in our community and throughout the world.
We believe there are two ordinances of the Church. One is that of believer’s baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the other is the Lord’s Supper.
Water baptism is done subsequent to a person receiving the benefit of salvation and is a visual and symbolic demonstration and a person’s identification with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death.
As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
The Return and Eternity
We believe that the consummation of all things includes the future, physical, visible, personal, and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of the dead, the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, will be finally, fully, and forever separated from the presence of God, enduring eternal conscious punishment. The righteous shall live and reign with Him forever, serving and giving Him unending praise and glory. (Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20:7-15; Rev. 21:1-5)