Beliefs

The Scriptures
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to
be the inspired Word of God without any mixture of error
and, therefore, the final authority for faith and life. The
Bible is the essential and infallible record of God’s selfdisclosure to
mankind. All of the words in Scripture are
God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any
word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God. Church
doctrine, theology and practice must be put to the test of
the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture. (2 Tim 3:16;
2 Pet 1:21; Prov 30:5, Joshua 1:8, James 1:22)

God the Father
We believe there is but one God who exists eternally as
three persons– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit– each with
distinct personal attributes but without division of nature,
essence or being. We believe that by His Word and for His
glory, God is the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things,
having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in
them all. God is faithful, working all things together for good
to those who love Him and offering unfathomable grace in
His Son Jesus Christ. He has made all things for the praise
of His glory and intends for man, in particular, to live in
fellowship with Him. (Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4; Rom 3:24, 8:28; Eph 1:12)

The Person and Work of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is the
only Son of God. He took upon Himself human nature,
thereby existing as fully God and fully man. Through Him all
things came into being. He was before all things, and in
Him all things hold together. Jesus is perfect in nature,
teaching and obedience. Jesus is the only Savior—the only
one who can reconcile sinful man to God. Having shed His
blood on the cross for our sins, Jesus was buried and
literally rose again on the third day, victorious over death
and the powers of darkness. After appearing to over 500
witnesses during a 40-day period, the Lord Jesus Christ
ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of
God where He makes intercession for His people and rules
as Lord over all who are awaiting His return. (Matt 1:22, 23;
John 1:1-5; Heb 1:3, 4:14-15; 1Cor 15:3-7; Acts 1:9-11; Eph 1:7-14)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and judgment,
thereby making men aware of their need for Jesus. The
Holy Spirit is the Agent in regeneration, which changes the
heart, enlightens the mind, and renews the nature of man
so that he becomes a new creation, desiring to bring glory
to the name of Christ. The Holy Spirit unites believers in
faith and leads The Church into a right understanding and
application of the truth of God’s Word. (John 16:7-11;
Acts 1:8; Rom 8:9-11; Titus 3:5)

Man
We believe God created man in His own image but through
Adam’s sin, all humanity inherited a sinful nature resulting
in rebellion and total opposition to God, and, thus, became
the subject of divine wrath. Man is totally depraved, utterly
unable to remedy his fallen condition and incapable of
returning to God on his own. Fallen, sinful people are lost
and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.
(Gen 1:26-27; Isaiah 59:1-2; Rom 3:22-23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12)

The Gospel
We believe that the good news of Jesus Christ is revealed in
His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Christ’s
death is a substitutionary atonement and a propitiatory
sacrifice to God for our sins. God’s holy justice is satisfied
and His holy wrath is appeased because of Christ’s sacrifice
on the cross. This demonstrates God’s love and reveals His
grace. Jesus Christ is the Gospel; there is no other name by
which men must be saved. (1 John 2:2; Rom 5:9; John 3:16;
Acts 4:12)

Salvation
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God provided by
grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone,
for the glory of God alone. Salvation is received by a proper
response to the Gospel, which includes personal faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ and visible biblical repentance. Neither
repentance nor works can save. Unless a person is willing
to deny himself, take up his cross and follow Christ, he
cannot become His disciple. We believe that all true
believers are secure in Christ forever, being kept by God’s
grace and power, not by any effort of their own. (Rom 1:16,
6:23; Eph 1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Mark 8:34; John 6:37-40,
10:27-30; Rom 8:38-39)

The Church
The Church is not a religious institution or denomination.
Rather, The Church is made up of those who are genuine
followers of Jesus Christ, who is the Head of The Church.
Therefore, we believe The Church exists to worship and
glorify God and to serve Him by faithfully doing His will on
the earth. This involves a commitment to see the Gospel
preached and to make disciples. We believe those
transformed by the Gospel should participate in the
ordinances of The Church and devote themselves to the
study of the Word, to fellowship, and to prayer. God has
given varied and specific gifts to leaders of the local church
to equip the body of Christ for the work of ministry. The
body, then, has the opportunity and responsibility to employ
their own God-given gifts in His service in relation to one
another and to the world. (Matt 28:19-20; Eph 1:22-23,
4:11-16; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor 12:12-14)

Last Things
We believe God, in His own time, will bring the present age
to an end. Jesus Christ will return; all will be raised; and
Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The present
heavens and the present earth will be created anew.
(Rev 22:12-13; John 14:1-3; 2 Pet 3:10)