God the Father We believe in God the Father, the first person of the trinity (Jn. 14:28). He ordains and works all things according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:4, 5, 9, 11, Acts 2:23). He is one in nature with the Son and Spirit (Jn. 10:30, 4:23-24), sent His Son into the world (Jn. 6:57), gave His Son because He loved the world (Jn. 3:16), and was in the Son reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). He has sent His Spirit in to the world and to indwell the church (Jn. 14:26). He has chosen a people for Himself out of the world (1 Pet. 1:2) and is the hearer and answerer of their prayers (Jn. 16:23, Mt. 6:8-13), and the bearer of their burdens (1 Pet. 5:7, Is. 46:3-4).
God the Spirit We believe that God the Holy Spirit indwells and seals all believers, preserving them until the redemption of the purchased possession (Eph. 1:14-15, Phil. 1:6), baptizing them into Christ (Gal. 3:27,1 Cor. 12:13). His primary work is to glorify the Son of God (Jn. 16:14). He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8-11) and by His work regenerates sinners (Tit. 3:5-6). He gives spiritual gifts to the church (1 Cor. 12:7-11), convicts of sin, and leads believers into the truth (Jn. 16:13). He teaches and gives understanding of the word of God (1 Cor. 2:10-12), and by Him the gospel is preached (1 Pet. 1:12, Acts 4:31). Thus, the Bible is only rightly proclaimed and rightly understood through the Holy Spirit. Living in believers, He works in them to will and to do for God’s good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-13). Thus, through His instrumentality and work, believers in Christ grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ unto maturity (Eph. 4:13-16, 2 Pet. 3:18). It is He who unfolds, enlightens, and applies the work of Jesus Christ to the life of the believer (Jn. 16:14-15).
Bible We believe that the Scripture (the Bible), comprised of 66 books, contains the only written revelation of God, and was given by the Holy Spirit through human authors. The Word of God (the Bible) is free from errors in the original manuscripts, possesses divine unity, and constitutes the only infallible and sufficient rule for faith, life, and godliness. We believe the Bible is complete, and has complete and final authority in our lives individually as Christians and in the life of the Church (Psalm 19:7-9; 2 Timothy 3:16;2 Peter 1:21).
Man We believe that mankind (man and woman) were created by God in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). Man was created originally free from sin, but rebelled against the command of God and fell (Gen. 3:1-13), incurring the sentence of death (Ro. 5:12). All mankind (with the exception of Jesus Christ- Heb. 4:15) was subsequently born sinful (Ro. 5:19), meaning they are unrighteous by nature (Ro. 3:9-18), in their actions, mind, and will (Ro. 8:7-8, Eph. 2:1-3). Unregenerate man is a slave to his own sinful nature (Ro. 3:9; 6:17, 20). Because of this, man does not possess the ability, nor the desire to awaken himself to spiritual life, reconciliation with God, or doing good, apart from God’s direct and deliberate intervention (Eph. 2:4-8, Tit. 3:4-7). In order for a person to enter the kingdom of God, they must be born again (Jn. 3:3).
Salvation We believe that Jesus Christ, through His sinless obedience, broken body, shed blood, death on the cross (Phil. 2:7-8), burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, has conquered death (Heb. 2:14-15) and redeemed us to God (Jn. 16:9-11, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, Heb. 8:1, Heb. 7:25, Rev. 5:8-10). On the cross Jesus received a perfectly just retribution for our sins (Ro. 3:26), was the propitiation of them (Ro. 3:25), paid for our insurmountable debt we owed to God with His own blood (Gal. 3:13, 1 Pet. 1:18-19), and died in the sinners place (as our representative and substitute (Ro. 6:3-6, 10, Tit. 2:13-14)). This brought about a perfect, real, and complete satisfaction of God’s justice, wrath, and holiness (Ro. 3:25-26,Ezek. 18:4, 36:21-27). He did this to glorify the Father and because He loves the Father (Jn. 14:31,12:27-28); and because He loves us (Ro. 5:6, 8). Since the just, holy, and righteous demands of God have been satisfied by the Son of God, God is now free to justify any and all who come to Him by faith in Jesus Christ (Ro. 3:26). When a person believes in Jesus it is accounted to that person for righteousness (Ro. 4:3, 23-24), thus it is God who justifies the ungodly (Ro. 4:5). Justification is a free gift of God, given by the grace of God, received by faith (Ro. 4:16, Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation then is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. A person can in no way be saved by any work or works of righteousness which he can do (Tit. 3:5, Eph. 2:8-9), but instead stands condemned (Ro. 3:9-20). When a person believes in Jesus Christ they are born again and made a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), possessing the Spirit of God and the seed of God in themselves (Eph. 1:13-14), who works in them sanctification (Phil 2:12-13), delivering them from continuing in sin (1 Jn. 3:9), and conforming them to the image of the Son (Ro. 8:29), bearing fruit to God and producing holiness of life (Ro. 6:22, Eph. 4:20-24). Salvation is complete (Jn. 19:30) and will be fulfilled when our bodies have been redeemed (Ro. 8:23) and we are glorified (Phil. 3:21).
If a person will not repent and believe in Jesus Christ, they cannot be saved (Acts 4:12, Lu. 13:2-3).
The Church The head of the church is Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:22; 5:23). We believe that the church is comprised of those who believe, have been regenerated (born again) by the Spirit of God, and live by faith in the Son of God (Ro. 1:16-17, Gal. 2:20, Heb. 11:6). To glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), know Him (Phil. 3:8-11,Jer. 31:33-34), and love Him with the whole being (Deut. 6:5) is the mission of the church. The work of the church includes proclaiming the gospel to the world (Mk. 16:15, Acts 10:42), and the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edification of the church (Eph. 4:11-12). Believers in Christ are a part of one body (the church) that are manifested in local congregations representing His spiritual body (the universal church), with the teaching of the word, worship, fellowship, the Lord’s supper, prayer, and discipline (Acts 2:42, Gal. 6:1, 2 Tim. 4:1-3, Mt. 18:15-20, Eph. 4:11-12). The ordinances of the church are the Lord’s supper and baptism, which are to be administered to regenerate, believing Christians (1 Cor. 11:23-26, Acts 8:36-37).
The Resurrection We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. Of the just to everlasting life, of the unjust to everlasting condemnation (Jn. 5:28-29; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Thess. 1:7-10). Man is a being who will never cease to exist.
Heaven We believe in a literal heaven which is a place of inexplicable, incomparable, indescribable, and unending peace, joy, holiness, love, freedom, righteousness, and sinlessness (and much, much more). The Lamb is its light and is perfectly and forever worshiped there (Rev. 21-22).
Hell We believe in a literal hell which is a just and righteous punishment upon people for their sin (2 Thess. 1:7-10). Along with the demons, all whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life will be cast into hell after they are judged (Rev. 14:10-11, Rev. 20:12-15). It is a place of indescribable, unending, utter torment, where “their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched.” (Is. 66:24,Mk. 9:44).
Angels and demons We believe in a literal and very real created order of angelic spirit beings (Heb. 1:7) comprised of both good angels (Heb. 1:7), and evil (fallen) angels otherwise known as demons (Jude 6). Angels are sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14). Demons are incapable of and ineligible for salvation (Heb. 2:16). Satan is the ruler of the demons (Mk. 3:22-26), and the prince of this world (Eph. 2:2). The doctrine that a believer in Jesus Christ can be cursed or possessed by a demon is itself a doctrine of demons.