What We Believe


The Bible

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18)

The Trinity

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deut 6:4; John 1:1, 3; Matt 28:19; Romans 1:19-20; 2 Cor 13:14)

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21-22; John 3:16; 6:27; 1 Peter 1:3; Rev 1:6.)

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34; I John 2:1-2)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 16:8-11; 2 Cor 3:6; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Rom 8:9; Gal 5:22-26)

Gospel

The Gospel is the good news that God himself came to earth to rescue and renew creation through Jesus Christ on our behalf. This good news of Jesus is capable of transforming everything about a person, their community, and their world. (Romans 1:16-17, 8:1; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 21:5)

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Acts 14:27; 18:22; Eph 2:19-22; 5:19-21;)

The Ordinances

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; Rom 6:3-5; 1 Cor 11:23-26)

Salvation

We believe salvation is received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and that those who put their trust in Him receive forgiveness and pass from spiritual death to eternal life. (Rom 3:23-24)