The Authority of the Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture so that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

One God

We believe in one God, who is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power, and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25)

The Kingdom of God

We believe that God’s kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and human beings. God created all things very well. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 145:13; John 14:6-13; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 1:8; Revelation 11:15)

Counterfeit Kingdom

We believe that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and, as a usurper of God’s rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth. (Luke 4:6; 10:18; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 2:2)

Original Sin

We believe that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for a relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness and God’s judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God’s good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam’s original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God’s judgment of death and captive to Satan’s kingdom of darkness. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18; 23.)

Jesus Christ

We believe that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully human in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God’s Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, bringing God’s kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. (Luke 4:18-19). Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God’s people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross, He took God’s judgment for sin which all people deserve as law-breakers. By His death on the cross, He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth from David’s house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God’s Son and David’s heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God’s reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 14, 20-28; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 3:16)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 14:15-18, 16:7-11, 13; Acts 1:8).

The Church

We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, called to fulfill the Great Commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23) Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world, the priority reason-for-being of the Church is:

  • To actively spread the Gospel to the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)
  • To be a corporate body in which people may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13)
  • To disciple believers to continue to work out their salvation, that they may be transformed into the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Peter 2:1-5)
  • To be a people who demonstrate God’s love and compassion for all the world
    (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:9-10; James 1:27)

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both are available to all believers. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4) (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).

The Second Coming of Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to consummate His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures; it is both delayed and immediate, now and not yet. (Mattew 24:30;36-25:46; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)