I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
-1 Corinthians 1:10
We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is an essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7).
The Person and Work of Jesus
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, fulfill prophecy and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, burial and bodily resurrection. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is the only means of salvation (John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5).We believe that Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth, and the Head of the church. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He serves as our Advocate and intercedes for us (Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service. (Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17).
Eschatology (Last Things)
We believe Jesus will return visibly and bodily on the last day at which time the final judgment of all men will take place, and the Kingdom will be delivered back into the hands of the Father. Jesus’ Kingdom has already begun with His first coming and will be fully consummated with His second coming. Those who have put their faith in Jesus will reign with Him in His New Heavens and New Earth and those who reject Jesus will suffer eternal separation from God in Hell.
We believe God has placed great value on human life as evidenced by the birth, death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus, so that humanity could be adopted into His family. We believe mankind was created in the image of God distinctly male and female, but through Adam’s sin all of mankind fell (became separated from God by sin). As a result, men and women are born sinful, are radically bent towards evil and rebellion, are under the wrath of God and they cannot save themselves. Everyone is in need of salvation that can only be supplied by the grace of God as it is revealed in the gospel. Our view of humanity is shaped by two truths. (1) Man is made in God’s image and because of that all human beings have value and worth. (2) All humans are sinners by nature (birth) and choice. This does not mean all people are as wicked as they could be; but it does mean that every part of every human is broken by sin and therefore in need of salvation.
Sexuality, Marriage, and Singleness
We believe marriage between one man and one woman is a picture of the covenantal relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:22-33). We believe God made humanity in the complementary and biologically distinguishable sexes of male and female. All mankind is meant for loving covenantal relationships, but sexual intimacy is a gift restricted to the permanent marriage union between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). Additionally, we do not believe that either marriage or singleness holds more value than the other. We believe that both marriage and singleness are gifts from God, and that both are a means to put the glory of God on display (1 Corinthians 7).
Salvation Through The Gospel
Gospel simply means “good news.” We believe Jesus is the Gospel and that this good news is revealed through His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Jesus’ crucifixion is at the heart of the gospel. Because of this, we believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through faith in Jesus Christ whose blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we can be set free from sin, Satan, and death.
We believe the Church is not simply a building, a religious institution or a denomination. Rather, the Church is made up of the people who have been saved by Jesus. We believe in both the Universal Church and the Local Church. The Universal Church is comprised of all believers in the entire world throughout all history. This is why the Bible describes the Universal Church as a chosen race, a holy nation, the body of Christ, the temple of God and the bride of Jesus (1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 12:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:21, Revelation 21:2). The Local Church is characterized by: Regenerated members (Acts 2:41); Biblical leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-13); God-given gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-31)Gathering for worship, edification and training (Hebrews 10:24-25); Visible signs of God’s grace which are baptism (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-4) and communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-29) (also called ordinances or sacraments); Unity in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-4); Commitment to growing in holiness (1 Timothy 4:6-7); Discipline for the purity of the church and the protection of the believers (1Corinthians 5:9-13, Matthew 18:15-20); Sacrificial Love for One Another (Acts 2:42-47, Colossians 3:14); Making disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:19).