We believe God is. He is holy, just, and good. God the Father revealed His love for us by sending us His son Jesus. He has sent His Spirit to live in us and empower us. The Bible is God’s inspired and supreme revelation to us. God created man in His own image. Because man chose to rebel against God, relationship with God was broken. Jesus came and died on the cross to make it possible for that relationship to be restored. Once we have that relationship restored by accepting what Jesus has done for us, He asks us to join him in demonstrating God’s love to everyone. Followers of Jesus are called to live and love like Him. Jesus is coming again.
We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:20). The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future (FATHER – Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:27; I Timothy 1:17; SON – John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Revelation 1:8; SPIRIT – Hebrews 9:14).
We believe in God the Father, creator of all things visible and invisible (Colossians 1:15-16).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that Jesus Christ was the Creator of everything, for by Him all things were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was very God and very Man (John 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38).
We believe in Jesus Christ’s pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles,
substitutionary and atoning death, bodily resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, exaltation, present rule at the right hand of God, coming, personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion (Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4). We acknowledge His Lordship — that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and on earth, and under the earth (Philippians 2:9-10).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His present ministry, His indwelling, His empowering, His
impartation of gifts for today, and His transforming power in the lives of all believers (I Corinthians 12:4-11, Galatians 5:22-23).
We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-24; Hebrews 4:12)
Man and Salvation
We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4).
We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God. As such, he is unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the gospel (Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4).
We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ are an integral part of God’s work of justification of the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, he or she is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ (Romans 5:1, 9).
We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be to demonstrate righteousness and purity of heart, belief in the keeping power of God, a walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh, a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, and not being conformed to the world (Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; 12:1-2).
We believe that repentance is dependent upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers and their response. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfulness of self, which should lead to godly sorrow. Remorse, or worldly sorrow, is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness, or even despair. It does not lead to constructive change.
On the other hand, godly sorrow produces repentance which causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Repentance is evidenced by an earnest desire to change. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self, and God. Repentance is a total change of mind, will and emotions (II Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51; Acts 11:18; II Timothy 2:25; Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 9:12-13).
We believe that in the final judgment, which will accompany the return of Christ. Every person will give an account to God of every aspect of this earthly life. The Judgment Seat of Christ is the judgment of believers in reference to rewards or lack thereof. Unbelievers will be eternally separated from God (I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).
The Lord’s Commands
We believe in the Lord’s supper and believer’s baptism as acts of our obedience and a testimony of our faith (Matthew 3:6; Mark 16:16; I Corinthians 11:23-29).
We believe that water baptism is necessary in obedient response to the command of Jesus. Baptism is to be performed upon repentant believers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:18-20).
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6. We hold that the real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is one’s response to the Word of God (John 16:13), a Christ-like life, demonstration of Christ’s character, and experience and manifestation of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26; 16:14; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12:4-11).