We believe THE HOLY BIBLE is inspired by GOD, absolute in truth, and supreme in authority.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
[2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV]
We believe HOLY GOD exists. He is the source and sustainer of existence. He reveals Himself (all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present) in three Persons: THE FATHER, THE SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
[Matthew 3:16-17 NIV]
We believe JESUS OF NAZARETH is GOD THE SON who descended to live a human life and lay down His life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He died on a cross. He was buried for three days. He rose on the third day. He ascended to heaven. He is returning one day for those who trust in Him.
For I passed on to you first of all what I also had received, that Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for our sins in accordance with [what] the Scriptures [foretold], that He was buried, that He arose on the third day as the Scriptures foretold, and [also] that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the Twelve. Then later He showed Himself to more than five hundred brethren at one time …
[1 Corinthians 15:3-6a AMPC]
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe THE HOLY SPIRIT is GOD within us. After Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit descended to lead and empower every believer to live a holy life that honors God and exemplifies Jesus.
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.”
[John 14:16-17 AMPC]
We believe HUMAN BEINGS are created in the image of GOD. But because of our faithless disobedience, we are born sinners separated from the life and fellowship of God. In this condition we are lost, undone, without hope, destined for God’s just wrath and eternal destruction.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
[Ephesians 2:1-3 NIV]
We believe SALVATION from sin and death is found in JESUS alone. It is a love gift from GOD. It cannot be earned through our good works or acts of righteousness. It is imparted to a believer who turns away from their sin and chooses to trust wholeheartedly in how Jesus has provided for them. By God’s grace, they are born again to new life by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. [Ephesians 2:4-10 NIV]
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe HEAVEN and HELL are actual locations as described in the BIBLE. Believers who have embraced salvation through Jesus Christ are welcomed into the bliss of Heaven while nonbelievers who have rejected salvation through Jesus Christ are secluded in the eternal punishment of Hell.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
[Revelation 21:3-8 NIV]
We believe the two ORDINANCES Jesus decreed for the Church are WATER BAPTISM and COMMUNION. Water Baptism is a milestone in every believer’s life publicly declaring their commitment to Jesus. Communion is a regular touchstone for the church to practice publicly or privately in remembrance of Jesus’ great sacrifice.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
[Matthew 28:19 NIV]
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
[Luke 22:19-20 NIV]
WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the HOLY SPIRIT empowers willing believers today to operate in the same supernatural giftings as demonstrated in the life of JESUS, the apostles, and the early church.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
[1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV]
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
We believe MARRIAGE is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the church. It is defined from the beginning as a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. God designed SEXUAL INTIMACY to be exercised within the boundaries of the marriage relationship and He does not endorse or condone it in any other context.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”