We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit to write the very words of scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error and serves as the absolute and pure standard for all matters of faith and doctrine.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity, the Son of God, who became flesh to reveal God to man and to become the Savior of the lost world.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2
We believe that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53: 6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, salvation only occurs when a person places his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his sin.
John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer’s redemption is secure for eternity. The work of salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.
Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 3:20-21, 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18, 24, 3:15
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and hell are states of eternal existence.
Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-12
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of spiritual regeneration. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and daily guidance.
John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18
Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but serves as a sign of your salvation to others. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:12
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26