God our Father – We believe in the Holy Trinity. He is one God who exists in three persons as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that God is sovereign in His love, power, understanding, presence and judgments. He is our compassionate Creator who never changes. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39, 6:4-9; Matthew 28:18-20; Exodus 34:5-7; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus our Savior and Lord – We believe that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man in His deity. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He was physically raised from the dead by God for our justification and to give us the assurance of everlasting life. He is presently the head of the church, seated at the right hand of God serving as our High Priest and advocate. We believe in His second coming to judge the world and His ultimate victory over His enemies.(Romans 3:21-26; 5:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:13-20; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Peter 3:3-13; Revelation 19:11-16; Psalm 110: 1-2; Mark 1:1)
The Holy Spirit our Helper – We believe, as Christians, that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He regenerates, empowers and enables believers to understand Scripture, to testify about the Lord Jesus and to bring glory to God. He convicts us, counsels us, and He conforms us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. The church is unified by the Holy Spirit for the work of fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:25-27, 15:26, 16:5-15; Romans 8:29; 1 -17; Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22-25; 2 Timothy 1:7; Genesis 1:2)
The Bible – We believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments (66 books) to be the inspired Word of God. It is without error and a complete revelation of His will and the final authority for Christian faith and living. The Bible is absolute truth. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; Psalm 119:160; Deuteronomy 8:3)
Mankind – We believe that mankind was created in God’s image and originally sinless. In this sinless condition, mankind enjoyed fellowship with God. (Genesis 2 and 3) However, original mankind sinned and fell out of the fellowship that the holy God meant man to have. At this point, God began to call mankind to Himself (Genesis 3:9, John 12:32), provide atonement for mankind’s sinful condition (Genesis 3:21, Leviticus 1:3, Leviticus 16, Isaiah 53:5-6, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 10:1-18) and began the plan of redemption. God’s plan for redemption led to the willing and ultimate sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus.
Mankind is only saved by faith in Jesus. (John 3:16,34-36, John 1:12-13) This salvation is available to all who earnestly repent of their sin and believe in Jesus as their Savior and Son of God. (Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38-39, Romans 10:9-10) This saving faith is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8-10) True faith is a faith that acts in loving actions for God’s people and creation. (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 9:37-38, John 13:34-35, James 2:14-26)
Mankind is called to be in relationship with God through Jesus for the purpose of bringing glory to the Father in all that one may do. (Matthew 5:13-16) Also see Psalm 16:2; Romans 3:23; 1 Kings 8:4-6; 1 John 5:1-7, 11-12; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 2 Timothy 2:15, Matthew 28:18-20.
Church – We believe the church was created on Pentecost (Acts 2) and is composed of all believers in all places in all ages. Believers make up the body of the church but are under the headship of Jesus. (Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 1:22-23 and 5:22-32, Colossians 1:18) Members of Jesus’ church are to meet regularly for the building up of the church and glorification of Christ. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Sacraments – We believe that two Sacraments have been given to the church, these being the Lord’s Supper and Baptism. In Baptism, an outward testimony of the believer’s faith is displayed. The believer is proclaiming union with Jesus Christ and fellowship with the body of Christ. (Acts 2:41-42, 47; Romans 6:1-11) In the Lord’s Supper the elements of commemoration are representations of the body and blood of Jesus Christ and serve to remind us of the Lord’s death until He returns. (Luke 22:1-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)