I. The Word of God
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments alone are the Word of God, being fully written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore are without error in the original manuscripts and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct for all of humanity (Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32).
We believe that there is one living and true God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections including holiness, wisdom, power, love, and being infinite in them all. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, trust, obedience, and worship (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 145:3; John 1:3; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 10:31; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 Timothy 1:17).
We believe that God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events, yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of moral beings (Isaiah 46:9-11; Proverbs 16:33; Colossians 1:17;Hebrews 1:3; James 1:13-15).
IV. The Trinity
We believe that God eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that these are without division of nature, essence, or being and equal in every divine perfection, and that They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5, 6).
V. The Father
We believe that God the Father, a personal Spirit, infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, including the future free choices of all humans and other moral beings, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Luke 10:21, 22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1, 2; 2:5, 6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6).
VI. Jesus Christ
We accept as truth that Jesus Christ is God’s eternally begotten Son and is fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin conception by the Holy Spirit, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We place our faith in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth. We trust that He is the divinely appointed and only Mediator between God and man, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe (Isaiah 53:10-12; Matthew 1:18-25; 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 14; 20:28, 30-31; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9, 10; 8:34; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:25; 9:28; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21-23).
VII. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son to bring glory to the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to regenerate sinners, and to sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ, giving spiritual gifts to each of them for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is the Spirit of adoption, the seal of our salvation, the guarantor of our inheritance in Christ, and an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26, 27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9, 14-17; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 1:13-14).
VIII. The Fall of Humanity
We believe that man was created by God in His own image and free from sin, that humanity sinned against God and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God, and that, as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature opposed to God and His law, are sinners by choice, and are under condemnation that results in eternal death (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-7, 19; 6:5, 12; 8:21; Jeremiah 17:9; John 5:24; Romans 3:9-20; 5:12-19; 6:21,23; 7:13; 8:6-7; 9:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; James 1:14-15; 1 John 3:14; Revelation 21:8).
We believe that regeneration is a change in the nature of a person, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds and renewing their hearts so that they love and practice holiness according to the word of God (Ezekiel 36:25-26; John 1:13; 3:3, 5-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17;Ephesians 2:1-6; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:1).
X. Repentance and Faith
We believe that salvation is conditioned upon genuine repentance and faith, which follow upon God’s gracious drawing of sinners through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Repentance occurs when a person, by the Holy Spirit, is made sensible of the manifold evil of his/her sin, detests and forsakes it, humbling himself/herself with godly sorrow and self-abhorrence, and endeavors to walk before God so as to please Him in all things for the glory of His name. Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatever is revealed in His word concerning Christ and an accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is accompanied by all other saving graces and leads to a life of holiness (Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 3:8-10; Mark 1:15; John 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:40, 44, 65; Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 13:38-39;17:30; 20:21; Romans 2:4-5; 3:21-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 8:1; 10:3-4, 14, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 1:29; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:9; Hebrews 11:6;James 2:14-26; 2 Corinthians 7:10-11).
XI. Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others, their conduct should strive to be blameless before the world, they should be faithful stewards of their possessions, and they should seek, through the strength that God supplies, to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ, pressing after a heavenly life in joyful obedience to all Christ’s commands. If anyone is behaving in a way that does not align with the Christian faith we believe it is the right and calling of his/her fellow Christians to plead with this person, in a loving manner worthy of Christ, to turn from a lifestyle unbecoming of a true follower of Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 36:27; Matthew 5:16, 31-32; 19:1-9; 28:20; John 14:15, 23-24; Romans 1:26-27; 6:1-7:6; 8:3-4, 12-14; 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 6:9-10, 18;10:31; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; 12:21; Galatians 5:13-24; 6:7-10; Ephesians 5:3-6; Hebrews 12:1-2; 13:5; Colossians 1:9-10; 3:17; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; 1 Peter 2:12; 2 Peter 1:3-11; 1 John 2:3-6; 3:16-18; Revelation 21:8).
XII. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, who have given a credible profession of faith and have associated for worship, work, edification, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (John 10:16; Acts 1:8; 2:42;Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; 4:11-16; 5:19-21, 23; Colossians 1:18; 3:16; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25).
XIII. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism occurs in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a sign when a person professes fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ and his/her remission of sins. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is in no sense a sacrifice, but was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and with each other. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered by the local church until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-31;12:13).
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment of the body and soul, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of those whom God has deemed to be the wicked (Matthew 16:27;25:31-46; Mark 14:62; John 5:28-29; 14:3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 2:6-11; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5;15:12-28; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15).