Brief summary of KEY BELIEFS we hold to:
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New testaments to be the God-inspired, revealed word of God, authoritative truth for faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13).
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three
entities--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--each person who is: coeternal in
being and nature, coequal in power and glory, and sharing the same attributes
and perfections, who love and interact with each other in perfect relationship
(Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14). We believe that God created all things according to
His will for His glory (Genesis 1:1).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God,
became man without abdicating His divinity, having been conceived by the Holy
Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and
redeem sinful man, thereby bringing His Kingdom on earth (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke
1:35). We believe that because of His great love for mankind, the Lord Jesus
Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a
representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our
justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead
(Rom. 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord
Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God,
where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of representative,
intercessor, and advocate and is actively inviting us to be His body as He
makes all things new (Acts 1:9, 10; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2;
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead and a
person who is sent to counsel and guide us towards the Father, convict the
world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural
agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ,
indwelling them and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2
Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 5:18).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God,
but that through Adam and Eve’s sin, the race of mankind fell, inherited a
sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man has a radical propensity to
sin and chase after what God has not given him, and of himself is utterly
unable to remedy his lost condition, creating our need for salvation (Gen.
1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12). We also believe that humanity
is created in the image of God, and thus has intrinsic value. This is seen in
the reality of Jesus Christ's incarnation, becoming a man, and his willingness
to die for humanity. We believe that God created man and woman as co-heirs in
the family of God, equally loved by their creator and endowed with specific and
unique qualities that though somewhat different, both reflect and reveal the
character of God. We believe that man and woman only are ordained by God for
the blessed marriage union and to reproduce, populate, and oversee the earth
(Gen. 1:28, 2:21-25).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by
grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose
precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins, redemption
of our souls, and restoration of our relationship with God the Father (Eph.
2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
Eternal Security and
Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are
thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor.
1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:5). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in
the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's word, which
clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom.
13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15). We believe that the saved person is in
the process of being conformed to the image of Christ, and will bear fruit in
their life before they die.
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual
gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibility to follow the Holy Spirit
and develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy
Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of
Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential
(proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of a deep
spiritual experience (1 Cor. 12:7, 11, 13; Eph. 4:7-8). We believe that God
does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for
the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe it is the
privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the
gift(s) and grace of God given to him in order to make disciples, equip and
edify the Body of Christ, and participate in building His Kingdom (Rom. 12:1-8;
2 Cor. 13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
The Church and the
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride
of Christ, is a spiritual and relational organism made up of the community of all
born-again persons of this present age (Eph. 1:22, 23, 5:25-27; 1 Cor.
12:12-14; 2 Cor 11:2). We believe that the Chief Architect of the Church is
Jesus Christ Himself, and that He is building and establishing His Kingdom
through local groups of His disciples who by faith follow Him and become His
expression of love in the world. (Matthew 16:18) We believe in the autonomy of
the local churches, that they are to be free of any external authority and
control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13;
1 Pet. 5:1-4). We recognize believers' baptisms (by immersion) and the
Eucharist (Lord's Supper) as scriptural sacraments and means of testimony of
Christ for the church in this age in addition to confession, healing of the
sick, traditional marriage, and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt.
28:19,20; Luke 22:19; Acts 2:41,42, 18:8; 2 Cor. 11:23-26).
The Second Advent of
We believe in the "blessed hope,"
the personal, imminent, coming, and return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His
redeemed ones and to rule on earth (Matthew 24; I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech.
14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6).