God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation and His affection. Although people have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God, but God provided a solution for our separation and a plan for our joy and His glory.
People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin—Hell—or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation—Heaven. The destiny of eternity is the result of man’s free will and the love, justice and holiness of God.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22–23; John 1:1–5; 14:10–30; Acts 1:9–11; Romans 1:3–4; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 1 Timothy 6:13–16; Hebrews 4:14–15
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to Earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 1:12; 12:24; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; 10:9; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5
Salvation is a gift to us from God. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. God’s offer of forgiveness is found in Jesus Christ, and only through Him can we be saved from sin’s penalty. New life begins when we die to self-will and acknowledge and trust Jesus Christ as our Savior. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
John 16:14; Romans 7:22–23; 12:1–2; Ephesians 2:8–9; Philippians 3:12; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8
Transformation is the promise for every person who truly experiences salvation. This too is the work of God’s grace. God radically alters our lives and refines our unique design as we daily lay down our lives as living sacrifices. We will never reach perfection, but as we learn to live in proximity to Jesus and are led by the Holy Spirit, we will experience the joy of God and reveal His character.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3–5
Because God gives people eternal life through Jesus Christ, the Christ-follower is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-will or effort of the Christ-follower. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this hope and security.
John 14:16–17; 16:7–13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13–14
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christ-follower from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christ-follower with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christ-follower seeks to live under His control daily.
Psalm 1:1–3; 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth that can set us free from sin, separate us from fools and mockers, transform our lives and empower and move us to share it with others.
MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4
We believe that God lovingly and masterfully creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary biological genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s original biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God instituted marriage as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society to enjoy God’s gift of sexual intimacy and the procreation of children as the Lord provides. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
* We believe in the ordinances of baptism and communion and practice them together as a church family.