There is but one God. He is the self-existent, eternal creator of all things. He is three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) sharing a single, unified nature, but administering different duties. All three possess the entire nature of God: eternal, all-powerful, all knowing, ever-present, loving, holy and good. As creator, God maintains His ownership and sovereignty over all things. What is revealed about Him is by His choosing through nature, human conscience, history, the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Genesis 1:1-2:1; Exodus 3:13-14; Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 19:1-6, 24:1-2; John 1:1-4, 1:14, 1:18; Romans 1:18-21, 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6; 2 Peter 1:20-2
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, both fully God and fully man. He is eternal in His deity and everlasting in His humanity. Born of a virgin, He is without a corrupt nature. Having lived a pure and perfect life, He is the unblemished sacrifice to cover all of our sins. Jesus is the only means of salvation for man. Today, He reigns on a heavenly throne and will one day return to earth to complete His redemption of mankind and nature.
Matthew 1:18-23, 28:1-7; Luke 1:26-35, 24:44-53; John 1:1-18, 3:13-18, 14:6-7, 14:19-20; Acts 2:29-36; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Galatians 4:4; Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Revelation 1:5, 3:21
The work begun by Jesus Christ is brought to fruition through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from dead and, at the moment of conversion, he indwells all those who put their faith in Jesus, equipping them with gifts, sealing them for all eternity and sanctifying their lives. The Holy Spirit is living and active as evidenced by the continuous spiritual growth of true believers. His work continues in the lives of believers – teaching, interceding and growing.
John 14:15-27, 16:7-15; Romans 5:5, 8:9-13, 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14
Man is the crowning achievement of God’s creative actions, distinct from the rest of creation with capacity to choose to worship God or reject Him. Created in God’s image with emotions, intelligence, self-awareness and free will, all of humanity, through the actions of one man, Adam, sinned against God. This cast a cloud of judgment over all of creation. This action introduced death, and, since that time, all of mankind have sinned and are deserving of death. Man is incapable of overcoming the separation from God without God’s direct intervention through the saving work of Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of God’s grace.
Genesis 1:26-31, 2:7, 3:1-24; Romans 6:23, 8:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:21
Since the fall of Adam, all of mankind has been condemned to death. However, God has offered the free gift of salvation through faith in the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. This faith must be more than just intellectual belief. It must involve an active acceptance of God’s gift and submission to the authority of Jesus Christ as Lord. This will result in a changed character that will exhibit itself through good works and improved character. Once the gift is truly accepted, the believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of future glorification as a child of God.
John 1:12-13, 3:3-21, 3:34-36, 10:27-29, 14:15-17; Romans 3:21-30, 8:35-39, 10:9-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:7-14; Philippians 1:4-5; Colossians 1:13-14, 1:21-23; I Peter 1:18-21, 2:24; Jude 1:1
There is but one Church, the body of Christ, operating under the leadership of Jesus Himself. The purposes of the Church are: going out to all of the nations and sharing the good news about Jesus, baptizing and equipping believers and gathering together for the purposes of worship, communion, ministry, encouragement and growth. All of this is done through the authority of the local church, working in unity with other local churches, with the ultimate goal of glorifying God in all that we do.
Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42-47; I Corinthians 1:2, 12:12-31; Ephesians 4:11-16;Hebrews 10:19-25.
The 66 books of the Bible are God’s personal, special revelation of His Son Jesus who is the Word and the exact imprint of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3). We believe that through the experiences and culture and personalities of the human authors, God directed and inspired the content of the Bible to help us see Jesus.
Matthew 5:18, 22:32, 24:35; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21