We believe the Bible is absolute, authentic, and authoritative. It is the very Word of God. God’s Word is inspired, inerrant, and infallible. We believe the Holy Spirit guided the early church to recognize the canon of Scripture, and it has been preserved for us today. We believe the Bible should be interpreted accurately, literally, contextually, historically, and with reliance on the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 19:7; 2 Peter 1:16-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18
To fully understand or describe God is impossible; however, there are characteristics of God that we can grasp in our finite minds. We believe in one God Who by nature is a Spirit existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself naturally through creation, history, conscience, and especially through Scripture. God is transcendent, immanent, eternal, infinite, immutable, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is also holy, just, righteous, loving, merciful, gracious, and truthful. He is sovereign over all His creation, while allowing man the choice of cooperation with His plans.
1 Chronicles 29:11; Romans 11:33; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:7-8; Psalm 19
We believe Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh. As the second Person of the Trinity, He maintains perfect unity with the Godhead while being distinct as the only begotten Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and humbled by a human existence. His death on the cross provided the perfect sacrifice for sin, and His bodily resurrection assures the believer of a future with God. He is presently exalted in heaven and will physically return to rule and reign over all His creation.
John 1:1; John 20:28; Mark 2:5-11; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-56; Matthew 1:18-25; Acts 17:30-31
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity. He participated in the creation of the world, inspired the Scriptures, and enables the believer for effective service. He brings conviction of sin, affects regeneration, and is actively involved in the sanctification process. He has ordained spiritual gifts to the believers so that they may edify each other in the body of Christ. He is not merely the “energy” of God. He is not a created being. He is God.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Psalm 139:7-10; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:7-16
We believe that salvation is necessary for all people in order for them to have eternal life in heaven. It was provided by Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It gives justification, sanctification, and one day, glorification. It is eternal. It is available to all by the means of faith. When a person trusts the work of Christ to save him from his sin, that person is instantly pardoned and given an eternal home in heaven.
We believe that the church is the organism founded by Christ to proclaim Him to the world during this age. It is vital that Christians have a biblical understanding of the church. The church is so important to Christ that He gave His life for it. If the church is important to Christ, the church should be important to Christians as well. We believe that the church by definition is a literal gathering of God’s people in a particular location. Though circumstances may prevent one from attendance on occasion, believers should do their best to attend each assembly of their local church. We believe that the church should operate independently from outside influences. We believe the purpose of the church is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, encourage believers, and evangelize the world.