All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God. We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe he was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete His saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit applies to people the saving work of Christ. He brings conviction of a person's need for forgiveness and he leads that person to Christ. Those who truly embrace the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith are regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. He regenerates their heart and permanently indwells them. His ongoing work is to guide, lead, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Humanity. We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God in His eternal kingdom. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way. Thus we are alienated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can only be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and life in God’s eternal Kingdom.
Salvation. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us from separation from God and the eternal penalty of sin. At the end of the age, the bodies of the dead shall be raised. Those saved by Jesus Christ shall enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and the lost shall be condemned to eternal punishment and death. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal alienation from God. It is only by God's free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation, and this grace is appropriated by personal faith, through a change of heart toward God's leadership in our lives, by reliance on Jesus and His cross to forgive our sins, and a commitment to follow God through him. The normative Biblical way for expressing one’s personal decision to place faith in Jesus Christ, turn from sin, and commit oneself to the path of being a Christ-follower (disciple) involves a verbal confession of belief and water baptism by immersion, which re-enacts the burial and resurrection of Christ. Baptism is the concrete means by which we entrust and commit ourselves to God through Christ in a visible, historical, and covenant making moment.
Faith. Those with genuine faith in Jesus Christ are known by their warm heart for God and faithfulness to God’s commandments. Love for others displayed in ministering to the poor, reaching out to those who are eternally lost, service, the practice of forgiveness, and the like are all signs of the presence of God’s kingdom and ministry of the Holy Spirit within a person. In short, those with true faith are known through the demonstration of faithfulness and Christ-likeness.
The Bible. We believe the 66 books of the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, were given by God's inspiration as the authoritative Word of God for the church of all time. We believe the Scriptures originated with God but were written by the instrumentality of people and thus speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, formats, and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the uniquely supreme, reliable, and the final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.
Relationships. We believe that God made us for relationships, with God himself and with our fellow human beings. We emphasize the greatest commandment which is to love God with all of one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love others as oneself. And the second greatest commandment is like it, as we love all others. Specifically, 0ur love for each other, as Christians, is the clearest demonstration to the world that we are true disciples. Love is the answer to our deepest problems: God’s love for us and our love for others, as God loves and empowers us.
The Church. We believe that there is only one true Church universal composed of all people who have been regenerated and forgiven by Jesus Christ. Discipleship is the fundamental ministry of the local church which facilitates the development of Christ-like people. The diversity of all believers working and serving together, using their gifts to build up one another, form the parts of the body of Christ, the Church. The scripture commands believers to gather together for the teaching of God's Word, fellowship, prayer, encouragement, and those things which enable the people to glorify God. There is benefit in partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis, as we are constantly brought back to Christ, his atoning death, his future coming, and God’s grace. Wherever God's people meet in obedience to these commands, there is a local expression of the church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the obligation to seek to appoint godly male pastors/elders and preachers, who lead her, as they rely upon God’s wisdom and daily guidance.