Beliefs

Scripture

We believe that the Bible in its entirety was inspired by God. The Holy Spirit guided its human authors to write every word of the Bible without detracting from each author’s personality or circumstance. Each word in the originals was written without error and is true in every matter of faith or history. The Bible is the ultimate authority concerning faith and conduct both for the church and for each believer who participates in it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21

God

We believe there is only one true God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity has a distinct personality, yet they are of the same substance—one God. Each of them possesses the same attributes, the same nature, and is worthy of as much worship and obedience.

Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Mathew 28:19, John 1:1-3, 14 and 10:30, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:1-3

Jesus

We believe that the Son of God has eternally existed. He became flesh in the Lord Jesus Christ, miraculously begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life. He bodily died on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later.

John 1:1,14,18 and 5:18; Hebrews 1:1-9 and 5:8; 1 John 5:20; I Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 15:1-5

Mankind

We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam,  all humanity participated in the original sin. As a consequence, every human being is spiritually dead, separated from God, and possesses a nature that has been affected by sin in its entirety. We believe that, without the intervention and initiative of God’s grace, human beings are incapable of remedying their sinful situation before a holy God.

Genesis 1:26; 2:17 and 6:5; Psalm 14: 1–3 and 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23 and 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3

Salvation

We believe that Christ died as a substitute for sinners. Christ’s sacrifice was offered willingly, and it is sufficient to atone for the punishment that humanity’s sin deserved in the sight of a holy God. No work, religious act, merit, experience, or knowledge is sufficient to earn one’s salvation. The only way human beings can be saved is by placing their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the only means of salvation. A true believer cannot possibly lose their salvation.

John 10:29, Romans 8:29-30, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. We believe that the Holy Spirit produces the miracle of conversion, that he comes to permanently dwell in the believer, and that he baptizes and seals the believer the moment they believe in the gospel. An important aspect of the ministry of the Holy Spirit involves glorifying the Son of God. We also believe that the Holy Spirit bestows gifts on believers for the edification of the body of the church and empowers them for work in the ministry.

Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7, 15:26 and 16:14; Titus 3: 5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:12 and 12:13; Ephesians 1 : 13 and 4:30; Colossians 3:14

Sanctification

We believe that every believer is promised sanctification (growth in holiness). God grants the believer salvation from the condemnation and power of sin in this life. It is only in the life to come that the believer is promised salvation from the presence of sin.

Hebrews 10:10,14; John 17:15-17; Ephesians 5:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,4; 1 John 1:8-10 and 3:2; 1 Corinthians 6:1

The Church

We believe that the true church consists of every person who has been born again. The church manifests itself in two ways: the universal and the local church. The universal church is the invisible body that exists throughout the ages and it includes all the true Christians of every culture and denomination. The local church is a group of professing Christians who organize themselves to do God’s will in one location. We believe that the church as the body of Christ exists so that its members may worship God, grow as disciples of Christ, serve one another utilizing their spiritual gifts, engage in authentic relationships (fellowship), and show God to the world.

Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:20-23 and 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15

Gender

We believe that God created mankind as male or female alone; therefore, any attempt to adopt a gender or behavior other than the one received at birth goes against the divine design and is thereby sinful. Nonetheless, God calls us to love and respect people whose convictions are different from our own without diminishing or eluding biblical truths.

Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 22: 5

Things to Come

We believe that Jesus Christ will return much the same way he left. His return may take place at any given moment. His second coming will be marked by a series of events. He will come back to judge the living and the dead and to establish his eternal kingdom. Anyone who has not believed in him as their savior during this life will be eternally separated from his presence in hell. The people of God, consisting of the church and all those who practiced a salvific faith in other ages, will participate in the joy of his kingdom where we will worship, serve, and experience the eternal delights of being in his presence and in the presence of all who are saved.

Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18 and 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:21,29,30 and 25:31-46; Revelation 3:10