We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to be the full record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. Different men, while writing according to their own styles and personalities, were supernaturally moved along by the Holy Spirit to record God’s very words, inerrant (without error in every aspect) in the original writings. Therefore, those applying themselves to study its literal, historical-grammatical context can accurately understand God’s Word. Scripture is fully trustworthy as our final and sufficient authority for all of life (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
The Triune God
We believe in the one living and true God (Yahweh), eternally existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes, and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory and honor and obedience (Jhn 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4).
God the Father
We believe God the Father created all things out of nothing for His glory according to His own will (Gen.1:1, Rev. 4:11), through His Son, Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:2; Jhn 1:3). He upholds all things by the Word of His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creation, providence, and redemption (Col. 1:17, Heb. 1:3).
God the Son
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah). He possesses all the divine perfections and in these He is co-existent, co-equal, co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 10:30; 14:9).
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh (John 1:1, 14, 18), was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26–35), and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and eventually rule over God’s kingdom (Ps. 2:7–9; Isa. 9:6; John 1:29; Phil. 2:9–11; Heb. 7:25–26; 1 Pet. 1:18–19).
Jesus, being fully God and fully man (John 14:8-9), lived a sinless life and sacrificially shed His blood and died on the cross in our place accomplishing redemption for all who place their faith in Him. He arose visibly and bodily from the dead three days later and ascended into heaven, where, at the Father’s right hand, He is now Head of His Body the Church, the only Savior and Mediator between God and man, and will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission (1 Tim. 3:16).
God the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person and therefore eternally possesses all the attributes of personality and deity. In all that He does He glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ during this age. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Eph. 1:22; 4:11-12; Rom. 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Gal. 5:25; Heb. 2:1-4; 2 Cor. 12:12).
We believe that God created mankind—male and female—in His own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship. Tempted by Satan, but in the sovereign plan of God, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are totally depraved by nature and by choice. Alienated from God without defense or excuse, and subject to God’s righteous wrath, all of mankind is in desperate need of the Savior (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19; Rom. 1:18, 32).
We believe that the Lord Jesus the Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the substitutionary atonement in our place, and that salvation is found in none other than Jesus the Christ. Before Creation, God chose those who would be saved and granted this unearned grace solely based on His sovereign good pleasure. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was the sole and complete payment for sins, fully satisfying God’s righteous wrath, for each person that turns from sin in repentance and places their faith in Christ alone by grace alone. At salvation each person is made a new creation by the Holy Spirit, declared righteous before God, and secured as an adopted child of God forever (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom 5:1-2; Jhn 1:12). Genuine faith continues in obedience and love for Jesus Christ with a life eager to glorify God and persevere to the end (Rom. 8:37-39; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 12:13).
We believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and communion, service to the local body through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make disciples (Eph. 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Cor. 14:26; Matt. 28:18-20). Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church under the watchful care of a plurality of elders. A church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Jesus (Eph. 4:16).
Baptism and Communion
We believe that Christian baptism is a public declaration of the believer’s salvation in Jesus, identifying with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection symbolized by immersion in water. It is also an act that identifies a person with the local church. The Lord’s Supper is the New Testament’s continued observance of Passover but now in light of the new covenant inaugurated by Jesus Christ it is a remembrance and celebration by believers of Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection, which brings new life to all who believe(Matt. 26:17-29; Luke 22:1-20; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-6).
We believe it is the aim, duty, and privilege of every believer and local church fellowship to glorify God by responding as active participants in the Great Commission call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all peoples as we live out our new life in Christ as witnesses for Him. We believe the primary focus and priority of this call is centered on efforts that establish, strengthen, and reproduce biblically-based churches, which will then plant churches that plant churches for future generations and God’s glory (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
Things to Come
We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed hope of His return has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer (1 Thess. 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the manifested presence of God (Acts 1:3, 9; Heb. 7:25-26).