The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the verbal, plenary word of God; fully inspired and without error, as to fact as well as purpose, in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Tim 3:16) We believe that the Word of God has been preserved in its message and that the translations we have today communicate the message God would have us receive and teach.
We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct, but harmonious, offices in the work of Creation, Providence, and Redemption:
God The Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles and His teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, expiating death for the sins of all people; bodily resurrection for empowering of the new life of all who believe; ascension into Heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and personal, visible return for His church. We believe that He was truly God and perfectly human.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort, teach, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ. His fullness is known as we ask for the continual filling of the Spirit, walk in obedience to, and fellowship closely with the Father. We believe He is God.
We believe that all humankind are sinners by nature and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that they become a new creation in Christ Jesus, but that the flesh is not eradicated.
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: a company of born-again believers in Jesus Christ; baptized on a credible profession of faith; and associated for worship, work, and fellowship.
We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world. We believe that God has commanded us to teach and disciple believers and to gather them into local churches where they may be built up in the faith and made effective for service.
We believe in the personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a liar and a destroyer, directly opposed to the work of Jesus Christ. We believe we have power over Satan through prayer, by the word of our testimony, and by the blood of the Lamb. We believe that God, in His infinite power, can bind the adversary, enabling us to do the work we have been called to do.
We believe that a Christian should live to the glory of God and the well-being of his/ her possessions; that his/ her conduct should be blameless before the world; and that he/ she should seek to realize, for self and others, the full stature of maturity in Christ.
The Last Things
We believe in the visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ with the angels; the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.
We believe that God has given spiritual gifts to all believers; and that the gifts of the Spirit are available and operable during the age of grace. We believe we are to use the gifts for the purpose of glorifying the Father, and for edifying and unifying the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.