God

There is one true God who is both holy and loving, and is perfect in all His attributes. He is one in essence, but exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His holiness prompts our worship and obedience. His love propels us into the world to communicate His gospel.

Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 6:3; Ephesians 4:6; 1John 4:8,16; Revelation 4:8; 1John 5:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21; 2 Corinthians 5:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ eternally exists as equal to the Father in all the attributes of Deity. He was virgin born as God incarnate, yet fully human. He was crucified and physically resurrected. He ascended to the Father, is seated at His right hand and has dominion over all heaven and earth. He will return in the flesh to receive His church unto himself.

John 10:30, 14:11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; Matt 1:25; Matthew 27:35; Philippians 2:6,7; Acts 2:33; John 20:27; Ephesians 1:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-equal with the Father and the Son.  He indwells all believers, placing them into the Body of Christ (the Church), and seals them for the day of redemption.  It is His power that enables believers to live a life of obedience and holiness. He gives spiritual gifts to each believer.  These gifts are not bound by time or tradition and are essential for effective ministry. The Holy Spirit convicts mankind of sin, of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the fact that Satan has been judged.

John 14:17, 16:8-11; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:4-13; Ephesians 4:11-12; Colossians 2:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10

The Bible

The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error. It is the final authority in all matters regarding faith and practice for both the individual believer and the church. The Word of God is alive and active and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:105; Psalms 19:7; John 17:17

Man

Man was created in the image of God, and yet because of Adam’s sin, man incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Because of Adam’s sin, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are incapable of pleasing God by their own efforts. Man has an eternal soul and will spend eternity either in the presence of God in heaven or separated from God in hell.

Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Matthew 25:46

Marriage

We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord and are created in His image; thus, all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Psalms 127, 128; 139:13-16; Matthew 19:1-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesian 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4

Salvation

Eternal life and a relationship with God is available only by God’s grace. It is realized through man’s personal faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death on the cross.

Ephesians 1:7; 2:8,9; 1Peter 1:18,19; Romans 10:9,10

The Church

The universal church, of which Christ is the head, is comprised of all true believers. The local church is a community of believers whose geographical location and common passion unite them in the cause of Christ. Each member has spiritual gifts that must be discovered and expressed for the common purpose of edifying, equipping, healing, serving, and training in righteousness so that the gospel is delivered effectively to a lost world.

1 Corinthians 12:27,28; Ephesians 4:11,12; 5:23; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24,25; Revelation 2,3; 1 Corinthians 12:4-10; Acts 1:8

The Enemy

Satan and his fallen angels are created beings whose goal is to destroy the relationship between man and God. He attempts this through deception, lies, accusations, and temptations. He masquerades as an angel of light, yet is the deceiver of mankind and there is no truth in him. Although Satan was defeated at the cross and his final destiny will be the lake of fire, he continues to be the ruler of this world and the archenemy of God and man.

Genesis 3, Ezekiel 28:13, Matthew 13:39; 25:41, John 8:44, Luke 4:13, 2Corinthians 11:14, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 2:14, 1John 3:8, Revelation 12:9-10; 20:10: John 14:30

Baptism