The Bible - We believe the Bible is God's Word given by Divine inspiration, the record of God's revelation of Himself to humanity (1 Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, the supreme authority and guide for all doctirine and conduct (1 Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31; 1 John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2)
God - We believe in the one living God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (1 Timothy 1:17; Psalms 86:15; Isaiah 45:21; Deuteronomy 32:3, 4). He exists eternally in three co-equal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 1:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Angels - We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:1-5; Revelation 5:11-12). The holy angels are obedient spirits; ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-7, 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ's victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10).
- The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe; He hears and answers prayer (1 Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Savior (1 John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
- The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18; John 1:14). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:2-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8-10). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23).
- The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (John 16:7-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christ-likeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18, 22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
Man - We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Him and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptations of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21, 8:22). Therefore, since then, everyone is born with a sinful nature, sins by choice and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18), 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; 2 Corinthians 2:11, 11:13-15). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Salvation - We believe that God, wishing all to be saved from the effects of sin, brought about salvation or redemption of the whole person by the vicarious death of Christ (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 John 2:2). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repenting of sin and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 17:30; Ephesians 2:8-9). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Romans 8:9; Titus 3:5) and set apart as pure and clean (Hebrews 10:10). As a child of God, the believer is declared free of all guilt, brought into a new relationship of peace and hope (Romans 5:1-2), and made a joint heir of the Kingdom of God with Christ (Romans 8:16-17). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (John 14:17-18; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 2:2-3). They are admonished to ever be faithful to their commitments to Christ, to not continue (as in habit) in sinful ways, that there is no need to sin, but that should they err, forgiveness is freely obtained for the repentant one (Luke 9:62; 1 John 3:7-9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 1:9).
Church - We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the Head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commended to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:38, 41, 42, 47; Luke 24:45-48; Hebrews 10:24-25). Each church is a self-governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility.
Church and State - We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience, with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences consistent with the common good.
- The ordinances of the Church are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the body and blood of Christ that was offered for our sake. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and unions of mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfillment of Christ's commission (Acts 15:1; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3).
Christians in Society - We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16). In a Christ-like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they propose truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8-9; 1 John 3:16-17; James 2:1-4; Micah 6:8). We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and believe both Church and State should seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4).
Last things - We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10; Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7, 3:1; John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:27-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).