THE BIBLE: The Bible is God's written Word. The process that God used to give us His Word is called inspiration, which means God-breathed. The Word of God is without error and is truth. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, why He sent His Son to us, and what His plans are for us. The Bible is the standard for living our lives according to God's will for us. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105, 160; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
GOD: We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. We learn about God through His creation, His Word, and His Son. Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31; 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6.
JESUS: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He intercedes on our behalf today. He will return in the Final Day to claim His disciples. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11;Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He dwells in each member of God's family as a Helper and Guide. It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that a person comes to salvation. He provides help to every Christian to do what is right, to give strength to serve Jesus, and provide direction for living life God's way. Every Christian is to allow God's Spirit to help him. John 14:16-17; John 16:7-13; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 3:16-20; Ephesians 5:18
SALVATION: We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ. We accept this grace by entering into a covenant relationship with God through Christ, by acknowledging and repenting of our sins, and by joining with Christ in baptism. We are raised from baptism with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming to the world our belief in Jesus Christ and our desire to live differently for Him. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 1:7,9.
WATER BAPTISM & COMMUNION: We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. Baptism in water is by immersion and commanded by our Lord both in His teaching and his example. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Communionis a symbolic meal given by God as an aid to help us remember and celebrate the salvation we receive in Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.
THE CHURCH: The church is the collective body of all those who accept God’s grace through faith in Christ evidencing that acceptance by entering into a covenant relationship with God in Christian baptism. Therefore, the church includes a wide diversity of members, differing in social and economic status, backgrounds and experiences, and levels of maturity. The church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the world and in the church. God has called the church to witness the gospel to all nations, remember the poor and those in need, and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. We believe that it is important for every Christian to be joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.