We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe in one holy, sovereign, and all-knowing, God who is the creator of all things having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. Scripture teaches that there are three that bear record in Heaven and that these three are One. We see God’s three manifestations, collectively and namely as – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – eternally reaching out to mankind in the great work of redemption.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in his image so that he might love them and they might love him and glorify him. However, our first parents lost their original righteousness when they fell for Satan’s temptation and rebelled against God’s revealed will. Man fell by voluntary transgression and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and broke God’s good creation. The effects of sin permeate all of creation including people. Sin separates a person from God, from their true selves and from others. Because of sin, man stands guilty before God, deserves punishment, and is incapable of loving, worshipping or cherishing God.
Salvation is God’s free gift to mankind. It is offered to all, but is individually received through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness. Eternal life and the forgiveness of sins begin the moment one transfers their trust from themselves to Christ for forgiveness of their sins. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of Christians, and when God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He promises to continue performing it until the day of its completion. We are involved in this process by choosing to follow Christ, trust Him, and obey Him as our lives are transformed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in dual natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin named Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest, Mediator and Advocate.
Believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Baptism of the believer in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same, in essence, as the gift of tongues, but different in purpose and use.
A church is a localized community of baptized believers committed to one another and the mission of God who gather regularly with recognizable leadership, practice the two ordinances, and function as a team and family.
Water Baptism is one of the first acts of obedience for a follower of Jesus Christ. Baptism in water is always by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. Baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Communion is taken to commemorate and symbolize the work of Jesus on the cross – the bread symbolizes His broken body and the wine or juice symbolizes His shed blood.
The kingdom of God is His rule, reign and authority. His kingdom is present in this world but not fully expressed. When a person is born again, in essence that person’s citizenship is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. One day, God’s rule, reign and authority will be perfectly expressed “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Marriage is a covenantal relationship instituted by God that is between a man and a woman and provides the foundation for a family. Sexual activity is to only be practiced within a lifelong, covenantal, monogamous, heterosexual marriage.
Man was created to exist forever. Those who are in Christ will spend eternity on the new heavens and new earth in new life under the rule and reign of the good king Jesus, forever. Those who reject Jesus will experience the wrath of God and spend eternity separated from God in hell.