WHAT WE BELIEVE
"In the essentials we find unity; in doubtful matters, grace; in all things, we seek clarity."
We believe 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 has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit); they are equal in every divine perfection, and execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe he infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of man, he hears and answers prayer, and he saves from sin and eternal judgment all who come to him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, both fully God and fully man. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for his people, and personal visible return to earth.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who was sent 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 the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers all who repent and believe in Christ, and he is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
We believe man was created by God in his own image. Man sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice, and therefore under condemnation.
We believe, in accordance to Scripture, that Satan is the leader of many fallen angels who have purposed to destroy man’s relationship with God. He is called man’s adversary, and we are told to resist him in faith. To this end, we believe there is a continual spiritual warfare in the heavenly realm, in which we are directed to be involved through the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel; his resurrection is the power of the gospel; his ascension is the glory of the gospel; and his promised return is the hope of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary sacrifice to God for our sins. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which man must be saved.
We believe any person can receive salvation when he repents of his sin and believes that Jesus is Lord, who died and rose from the dead, as complete payment for his sin.
Assurance of Salvation
We believe every believer has the privilege of assurance of his salvation, knowing that he has eternal life and will dwell with Christ in heaven forever.
Empowered by the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service.
He gives his gifts for the building up of the body of the church and for various works of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are still available today, are vital for the mission of the church, and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.
We believe the universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe in the local church, consisting of a body of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe God has given the local church the primary task of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world.
Baptism and The Lord's Supper
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church – baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of his death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.