We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe it is the final authority for all matters of faith and life. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
God is a Spirit eternally existing as a Trinity in unity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three persons and in essence, one God. Deuteronomy 6:4; I Corinthians 8:6
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death: eternal separation from God. All of mankind exists as a fallen race, with an inherited sinful nature, and is totally depraved, unable to save himself. Genesis 1:26-27; 2:16; 3:16-19; Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Rev 21:8
Sacrifice of Christ
We believe Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man in order to redeem us. He was born of a virgin, and is true God and true man. He suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically rose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven.
Luke 1:30-55; 24; John 1:1-15; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Philippians 2:5-8; Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:15; I Peter 3:18
Salvation by Grace
Salvation is impossible apart from the grace (unmerited favor) of God. Salvation is given to those who express repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, salvation is turning from all self-effort and totally depending on the work of Christ: His shed blood on Calvary and bodily resurrection three days later, to cleanse us from all sin, (past, present, and future) and reconcile us to God, to give us eternal life. Isaiah 45:22; John 3:16-18; 5:24; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9
Security of the Believer
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 2:8-10; 4:30; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:11-13). We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15). We believe that the saved person is in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ, and will bear fruit in their life. Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 2:13
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 community of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who have a credible profession of faith, and have associated for worship, fellowship, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission to preach the gospel to every creature. We believe that the calling of the church is to be the very presence of Christ in the midst of the world, standing as a testimony of His life and character. We believe when God calls people unto life with Himself He necessarily calls them into fellowship with other believers as well. Mark 16:15; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27.
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are, at that time, sovereignly bestowed upon the believer. These are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of a deep spiritual experience (1 Cor. 12:7, 11, 13; Eph. 4:7-8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him (Rom. 12:1-8; 2 Cor. 13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
We believe in the "blessed hope," the personal, imminent, coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Afterward the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the lake of fire, separated from God forever, while believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord. Matthew 24:29-42; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4: 13-18; 5:9; Rev 19:11-20:13
There is much in our culture today in the way of opinions about how marriage is defined. We recognize the Bible is not clear on when a Man and a Woman are officially married in God's eyes. However there are some indicators available that give us clear guidelines on how we should define what constitutes "marriage", but at least one aspect of marriage is absolutely clear in Scripture, it is only between a man and a woman. The Bible has much to say about obeying government, the importance of cultural and familial traditions in family life, and the proper place of sex within marriage.
So, what constitutes marriage in God’s eyes? It would seem that the following principles should be followed: 1) As long as the requirements are reasonable and not against the Bible, a man and a woman should seek whatever formal governmental recognition is available. 2) A man and a woman should follow whatever cultural, familial, and covenantal practices are typically employed to recognize a couple as “officially married.” 3) If possible, a man and a woman should consummate the marriage sexually, fulfilling the physical aspect of the “one flesh” principle.
Romans 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:17; Gen 2:22, 24; Gen 24; Matt 19:5; Eph 5:31; 1 Cor 7:2