We believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Savior of all persons who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe those who receive new life in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord’s Spirit. We believe in the Bible and seek to establish our faith and actions on its teachings. We believe God wants people to know Him and that the purpose of the church is to tell the world about Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
Faith in the Holy Trinity
We believe in the one living and true God, who is holy and loving, created and preserves everything, and lives eternally. His power, wisdom, and goodness are without limits. We believe in the Trinity, the divine unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are one in nature, power, and eternity.
We believe that God the Father is the Source of everything that exists. With the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Father made humanity in His image. He relates to people as Father, showing how much He loves them. Because of this love, God both seeks and receives people who repent of their sins.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He is both God and man. He died on the cross and was buried to be a sacrifice for original sin and all human transgressions, making those who trust in his atoning death right with God. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He occupies a place of honor and intercedes for us. One day, He will return to earth to judge every person, living and dead.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who was sent to us by the Father and the Son. Having the same nature, majesty, and glory as the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is and always will be truly God. Through the Spirit, we experience God’s grace. The Spirit points out sin, brings new birth to believers, sets us apart to belong completely to God, and changes our nature to be like God’s. When we die, the Spirit will glorify us. He is everywhere, assuring, preserving, guiding, and enabling believers.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired and infallibly written Word of God. In their original form, they are completely without errors, they constitute our highest authority, no important teaching is corrupted, and they are all we need to know to become Christians. Teaching not found in the Bible or not proven in the Bible are not necessary for salvation. The Old and New Testaments point to Christ as the source of eternal life and the only Mediator between God and human beings. What the Scriptures require of us, the Holy Spirit makes possible.
We believe that God’s whole law is summarized in the two greatest commandments: to love God with all our heart, and to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. These two laws describe how we must live every aspect of our lives, reminding us that God is our King and all people are equal before Him.
Marriage and Family
We believe that everyone is created in the image of God and that human sexuality reflects that image in terms of intimate love, communication, fellowship, subordination of the self to the larger whole, and fulfillment. The marriage relationship is the supreme metaphor for His relationship with His covenant people, one God with one people. God intends for human sexuality to be expressed only in a monogamous lifelong relationship between one man and one woman within a marriage. This relationship is designed for the birth and rearing of children and is a covenant union made in the sight of God, taking priority over every other human relationship.
We believe that God gave us the ability to choose between right and wrong, to be morally responsible for our choices. But since the fall of Adam, on our own we have been unable to do right because of original sin, which reflects the corruption of human nature, is passed on from parents to their children, and leaves us short of being what God intends us for us. We are inclined to evil and cannot call on God or exercise faith to be saved. But through Jesus Christ, God’s grace makes possible our salvation. This grace, which precedes human response, is freely given to everyone and enables those of us that choose to turn to Him.
We believe that Jesus Christ offered himself through His sufferings and death on the cross as redemption and atonement for ours the sins, original and actual. Salvation from sin is possible only through His death and resurrection, but this salvation is sufficient for anyone who asks to be saved.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that for men and women to receive what God’s grace has made possible, they must voluntarily respond in repentance and faith. Because the Holy Spirit has pointed out sin in our lives, we must repent, turn our back on that sin, and long to be made righteous. We must truly be sorry for our failures and confess them, paying others back and resolving never to let them happen again. Without this repentance, saving faith is impossible.
Faith is the only condition of our salvation. That faith allows us to agree with God about our sinful condition and that the only solution for that condition is found in the gospel. When we have faith, we completely rely on the saving ability of Jesus Christ and completely trust ourselves to Him as Savior and Lord. We express our experience of saving faith by public acknowledging His Lordship and by identifying with His Church.
Justification, Regeneration and Adoption
We believe that when we repent of personal sin and believes in Jesus Christ, we are justified, regenerated, adopted into God’s family, and we are assured of salvation through the witness of the Holy Spirit. We believe that justification is the judicial act of God in which He counts us as righteous, pardons our sins, delivers us from guilt, and completely releases us from the penalty of our sins. Justification comes by the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by faith alone, not on the basis of our works.
We believe that regeneration, or the new birth, occurs when the Holy Spirit gives life to our moral nature, making it possible for us to love and obey God. To be regenerated, we must genuinely repent and believe in Jesus Christ. When we are regenerated, we are able to serve God with our whole hearts and are delivered from the power of sin which reigns over the unsaved.
We believe that adoption is when God makes justified and regenerated believers full participants in the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of God’s children.
We believe that good works alone cannot save us from our sins or from God’s judgment. But God is pleased with them because they are the fruits of faith and follow regeneration. God is also when we serve as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, contributing cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministries, the operations of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel.
Sin After Regeneration
We believe that it is possible for us to fall into sin after we have experienced regeneration because there is no level of holiness in our lives from which it is impossible to fall. But God’s grace is sufficient to keep those of us who persevere in the faith from falling. By God’s grace, if we fall back into sin, we can find forgiveness and restoration from God, if we are truly repentant and possess faith.
We believe that the Holy Spirit sets us apart to belong completely to God through sanctification, making it possible for us believers to love God wholeheartedly and blamelessly obey His commandments. Sanctification begins when we are justified and regenerated.
We are progressively sanctified as we walk with God and grow in grace and perfect obedience to God.
We achieve the crisis of entire sanctification instantly when we present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, through faith in Jesus Christ. In this baptism of Holy Spirit, we are cleansed from all inbred sin, freed to love God and others, and empowered for effective service. We experience a lifelong growth in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, continue a life of holiness through faith in Him, and demonstrate a loving obedience to God.
Gifts of the Spirit
We believe that the Gifts of the Spirit are the Holy Spirit himself. He distributes the Holy Spirit to us as members of the Church to help us fulfill our roles in the body of Christ. The gifts of the Spirit, although not always identifiable with natural abilities, function through us to build up the whole Church. We don’t just use these gifts as we want, but we exercise them lovingly under the administration of the Lord of the Church. The real value of the gifts of the Spirit is measured by how useful they make us to the Church, not by any ecstasy produced in us.
We believe that the Christian Church is made up of all of us who believe in Jesus Christ, its founder and only Head. As its members, we have renounced the world, the flesh, and the devil, and have dedicated ourselves to continue the work Jesus Christ assigned to His church until He returns. The Church must preach the pure Word of God, properly administer the sacraments according to Jesus Christ’s instructions, and live in obedience to His commands. Our local church is a body of believers organized on biblical principles, and meeting regularly for evangelism, nurture, fellowship, and worship.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the sacraments of the church. Jesus Christ commanded and ordained these as a means of grace when received through faith. They are symbols of our profession of Christian faith and signs of God’s gracious ministry toward us. By them, God enlivens, strengthens and confirms our faith. The validity of the sacraments is not in any particular mode of administration but in our obeying Jesus Christ’s commands and receiving these divine gifts in faith.
We believe that water baptism was commanded by Jesus Christ to be administered to believers as a symbol of the new covenant of grace. It signifies that we accept the benefits of His atonement and declare our faith in Him as our Savior.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper commemorates our redemption through Jesus Christ’s death, expresses our hope in His victorious return, and is a sign of our love as Christians for one another. When we receive the Lord’s Supper with faith and a proper and humble spirit, God communicates His grace to us through it.
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe that the certainty of the personal, and imminent, and visible return of Jesus Christ inspires holy living and zeal to evangelize the world. At His return Jesus Christ will fulfill all prophecies regarding His final and complete triumph over evil.
Resurrection of the Dead
We believe that we will experience resurrection from the dead at Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, as guaranteed by His resurrection. The just will experience the resurrection of life, and the unjust the resurrection of damnation. Our raised body will be a spiritual body, but we will be whole and identifiable.
We believe that God is the Judge of all and that His judgments are based on His total knowledge and eternal justice. The culminating moment of God’s judgment will be our final meeting before His majestic and powerful throne, where He will examine our records and administer final rewards and punishments.
We believe there is a conscious personal existence after death and our final destiny is determined by God’s grace and our response, which will be evident in the moral character resulting from our personal and willful choices, not from God’s arbitrary decree. If we choose the salvation God provides through Jesus Christ, will live forever in Heaven with its eternal glory and experience His blessed presence. If we neglect this great salvation, we will spend eternity in hell and experience everlasting misery and separation from God.