I. The Word of God —
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of life and faith.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32, 20:31; Acts 20:32
II. The Trinity —
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these persons are equal in every divine perfection, and that they perform distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Genesis 1:1-26; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6
III. God the Father —
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1-2, 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
IV. Jesus Christ —
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, and personal, visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 20:28; Romans 9:5, 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8, 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
V. The Holy Spirit —
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, guide, and empowerer of all God's people.
John 14:16-17,26, 15:26-27, 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
VI. Regeneration —
We believe that God created man in His own image; that man sinned, bringing about physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners under God's condemnation. We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit will repent and leave their sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior, thus becoming new creatures, delivered from condemnation, and receiving eternal life - this by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 3:1-24, 3:19, 5:2; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14, 5:24,30, 7:13, 8:12, 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3,20, 20:10,14-15, 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Proverbs 28:13; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19, 5:19; I John 1:9; John 1: 13, 3:16; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
VII. The Church —
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a group of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and connected for worship, community and mission. We believe that God has given the members of the local church the primary task of telling the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Acts 1:8, 2:42; Ephesians 2:19-22, 5:19-21; Hebrews 10:23-25
VIII. Christian Living —
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the benefit of others; that his public and private life should be blameless; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to know for himself and others full maturity in Christ.
I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10
IX. Two Ordinances —
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. The believer's first identification into the body of Christ is through baptism. We believe baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. The second and continual identification with the body of Christ is the Lord's Supper. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Jesus for commemoration and proclamation of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered regularly until the return of Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
X. The Last Things —
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5, 15:1-58; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15