What We Believe...
The Bible
We believe the Bible is the written revelation of God, the 66 books constituting the plenary, verbally inspired words of God, being absolutely inerrant in the original documents. The Bible is to be received as God’s word to man – the only infallible rule of faith and practice – which performs its work in those who believe. (Galatians 1:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
One God
We believe in the one true living God, Who eternally exists in three separate Persons: the Father, the Son - Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. These three are One in essence, co-equal, and deserving of the same worship and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in God the Father, Who orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, and He relates Himself to His own as ‘Father.’ (Philippians 2:13; John 14:6; Romans 8:15)
We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ. He was virgin born, God incarnate, His Divine nature uniting with humanity into an indivisible oneness. He is without sin, and He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross. He was bodily resurrected from the grave and ascended back into heaven. He is our Lord, our Mediator, and Advocate. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 3:5; Colossians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit. He is eternal, and co-equal with the Father and the Son, and is One with them. His work is to execute divine will within relation to man: convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and conforming believers into Christlikeness. (Psalms 139:7-10; Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-15; Romans 8:29)
Creation of Man
We believe that God directly and immediately created man in His image and likeness, free from sin, with rationality, intelligence, and moral responsibility to Him. Man was created to glorify God, enjoy His fellowship, live his life in the will of God and thus accomplish His purpose for man in the world. (Genesis 1:26-30, 2:1-2; Isaiah 43:7; 1 John 1:3b; Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 2:10)
Adam's Sin
We believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will of God, he lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, and became subject to the wrath of God. He became inherently corrupt, utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from Divine Grace. Adam’s sin has been transmitted or imputed to all men of all ages (Jesus the exception), and all men are thus sinners by nature and by choice. (Genesis 2-3; Jeremiah 17:9-10; Romans 5:12, 3:23)
Salvation by Grace
We believe that salvation is wholly of God by Grace, through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and it is not on the basis of human merit or works. All who believe on Him, trusting in His finished work, are forgiven of their sins, imputed with Christ’s righteousness and set apart unto God. They are enabled to live a life of increasing holiness and conformity to the Will of God, becoming more and more like Jesus. They are given eternal life and cannot lose that free gift, and will show evidence of their salvation by continuing in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Colossians 1:19-23; John 3:16, 10:29)
The Body
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to all believers, baptizing them into one united spiritual body – the Church, of which Christ is the Head and they His espoused Bride. Spiritual Gifts The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers which are to glorify Christ, and be employed in service to one another for the purpose of edification. The Body of Christ is to be built up in the faith by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, keeping Biblical ordinances, and by advancing the communication of the Gospel to the entire world. (2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 12:13, 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:19-20)
We believe in angels which are created beings and therefore are not to be worshipped, though they are a higher order of creation than man. They were created to worship God and serve Him. Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He rebelled against God, taking with him numerous angels in his fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man, but his works are destroyed by Christ’s coming. He, and the angels that rebelled with him, will be eternally punished in a lake of fire. (Psalm 148:2,5; Hebrews 1:6,14; Isaiah 14:12-17; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 25:41)
Return of Christ
We believe that Christ will personally and bodily return to translate / remove His Church from this earth and reward them according to their works. Then His righteous judgments and wrath will be poured out upon the unbelieving world. He will bring to fulfillment all that He has promised. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; The book of Revelation)