What We Believe
In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, in all beliefs we show charity.
Eph. 4:4-6; Rom. 14:1, 4, 12, 22; 1 Cor. 13:2
God is the Creator and the Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are equal and are one God.
Gen. 1:1, 1:26, 1:27, 3:22; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14
The Bible is God’s Word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105, 160, 12:6; Prov. 30:5
We are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by an attitude of rebellion and disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with God the Father. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matt. 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15: 3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11 ;1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. We can never make up for our sin through self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from the penalty of sin. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living a life of faith, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18
People are created to exist forever. Every person will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life or heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Rom. 6:23, 8:17-18; Rev. 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9
Baptism and Communion
We believe that baptism and communion are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.