We believe in one God who exists eternally in three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is all powerful, all knowing, and present everywhere. This God is the creator of all, and by His will all is sustained. He is perfect and holy, while at the same time loving and concerned for all of His creation.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity (God the Son). We believe that He is eternal, the unique Son of God, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin in human flesh. Jesus lived a sinless life, performed miracles, taught without error, died for our sins, was bodily raised from the dead on the third day, and is both fully God and fully human.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the eternal third person of the Trinity and coequal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit comes in the name of Jesus and works to point people toward Christ. He indwells every believer the moment they are saved, convicts sin, gives spiritual gifts, brings illumination of spiritual truth, and power for living the Christian life.
We believe that salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. To be saved a person must turn from their sin and turn to Him. Salvation is not obtained by our good works but instead it is a free gift from God. Faith in Christ, His crucifixion for our sins and resurrection from the dead, results in a new birth for the believer, thus making him/her "born again." This does not make our decisions and actions immediately perfect, but instead God begins a life-long process in us called “sanctification” by which He begins to conform us to His nature.
We believe that the sixty-six books comprising both the Old and New Testaments, in their original manuscripts, are the inspired word of God. The Bible is God's word to humanity and is the final authority for our church's standards, doctrine and practices. It also determines how we live and behave in our personal lives.
We believe that being part of the Church (meaning the global community of believers) is one of the primary ways God brings transformation in our lives. The Church is not a building, but instead a gathering of people who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. It is the movement of Jesus on the earth, charged with doing good works and proclaiming the message of what God has done to the entire world.
ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
An ordinance is a practice prescribed by Jesus, and practiced by the Church. We recognize two such ordinances- baptism and communion. Both of these are very important in the church, but neither of them are a means for salvation.
Believers baptism, comes from the greek word baptizo’ (bap-tid’-zo) which means to completely submerge or plunge under, so our practice for baptism is immersion, signifying the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Baptism is the next step of every believer who places their faith in Jesus.
Communion is the joining together of the people of the church to remember the broken body (the bread) and the spilled blood ( the wine), the price that Jesus paid for our sin.
We believe that God created marriage to be experienced between one man and one woman. This lifelong covenant is His design for family, procreation, sex, and sexuality. Any sexual activity, heterosexual or homosexual, outside of this form of union is a sin and should be abstained from by every believer.
We believe in the eternality of heaven and hell. All those who are in Christ will experience eternity with God, and all those who die apart from Him will spend eternity in hell. We believe that Jesus will return and that He will raise the dead at the end of the age, issue final judgment on evil, and establish God’s reign upon a redeemed earth.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
We believe that Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. Jesus’ resurrection stands as a sign of the promise that all who believe in Him will also be raised from the dead at the end of the age.