What we believe
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that human authors were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that the Bible is true and without error, and is supremely authoritative for our lives.
We believe that there is one living and true God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal in every divine attribute and are one God.
We believe that God the Father is an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit. We believe that He is holy and righteous, yet gracious and merciful toward us, that He hears and answers our prayers, and that He saves from sin and death every one who comes to Him by personal faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was sent by the Father to reveal God to mankind, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all of humanity by dying on a cross in our place. He was raised physically from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven, intercedes always for his people, and will come again to earth personally to reign as King and Lord.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. He was sent from the Father and the Son to convict people of sin and their need for salvation through personal faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit takes up residence in every believer in Christ from the moment of salvation. His presence in their lives is the guarantee of their eternal inheritance. He provides the believer with gifts and power for ministry and mission, understanding of truth, and guidance in living a life that pleases God.
We believe that mankind—male and female--was created in the image and likeness of God to enjoy intimate friendship with Him, to live in community with each other, and to serve as stewards of the creation. Through the sin of the first man, Adam, the entire human race inherited a sin nature and was alienated from God. Mankind is utterly powerless to remedy this condition and be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for the predicament of the human race
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and consequently are under judgment. We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Salvation is God’s gift to a person who places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as full and final payment of the penalty for their sin.
We believe that the church is a living spiritual organism of which Jesus Christ is the head and all who trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation are members. We believe that the local church consists of a community of believers in Jesus Christ who join together for worship, fellowship, ministry and mission. We believe that God has laid upon the church the primary task of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that is separated from Him.
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a visible expression of personal faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe communion is a symbolic way of remembering Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice for us as he died on the cross in our place, so that our sins could be forgiven and we may be restored to friendship with God. The bread symbolizes Jesus’ body that was given for us; the juice symbolizes His blood that was shed for us.
It is not baptism or communion themselves that restore or maintain that relationship, but only personal faith in Jesus Christ, on the basis of His finished work on the cross.
We believe that every Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others. We believe that we are called to freedom as followers of Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit enables us to mature and be conformed to the image of Christ as we grow in our obedience to the will of God as it is revealed in the Bible.
We believe God's plan for human sexuality is that it be expressed only within the context of marriage, and that God created man and woman as unique biological persons designed to complement each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, it is God alone who possesses the ultimate authority to define and prescribe the marital relationship. We believe that marriage is exclusively the lifelong union of one genetic male and one genetic female.
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth personally and visibly to establish His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy in the presence of God of those made righteous by personal faith in Christ, and the endless suffering and separation from God of those who reject Him.