Core Beliefs

God is Triune
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness truth and love. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is the foundation of Christian faith and life.

What the Bible Says

  • Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; John 4:24; 2 Corinthians 13:14

God the Father
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth and the Author of life. God is spirit, and therefore, is timeless. Sovereignly possessing all power and all knowledge, He never tires, gains strength, or acquires new knowledge. He is all-present in the universe. God never changes.

God reveals Himself to us generally through nature and specifically through His Son and the Word of God, the Bible. We exist to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Because of the finished work of Jesus, we can know God as our holy and loving Father.

What the Bible Says

  • Genesis 1:1; 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 19-20; I Timothy 1:1-2; I Timothy 2:5-6; Ephesians 4:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the eternal Word made flesh. He came to earth fully God and fully man through a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He was always with God and is God. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He is coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

God loves us so much, in fact, that he sent his only son, Jesus, to bring us back into a relationship with Him. The cost of sin was separation from God (spiritual death) until Jesus came and his death paid everyone’s debt. That’s serious love. Because of that serious, perfect love, this gift from God is waiting for anyone who wants to receive it. This is called Grace. God gives grace freely and abundantly.

Jesus lived a sinless life, the only Savior for the sins of the world, and voluntarily died on the cross in our place as full payment for the sins of all people. Having redeemed us from sin, on the third day, He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness, and for a period of 40 days appeared to more than 500 witnesses performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection.

He ascended into heaven, to the right hand of the Father, where He is the only One who is able to provide access and reconciliation between God and people. He will return personally and visibly to earth and those who have believed in Him will be united with God eternally in Heaven. He will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

What the Bible Says

  • Matthew 1:18-23; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 24:1-8; John 1:1-5, 1:14, 3:16, 3:18, 11:25, 14:6-7, 14:9-11, 14:16; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4, 5:8-11, 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:24-25; Titus 2:13-14; Revelation 19:20, 20:15

God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, Counselor, and Helper sent for believers. The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

What the Bible Says

  • Acts 1:5,8; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:15-17; John 14:25-26; John 16:5-15; 1 Corinthians 2:12,; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; Romans 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2

Image of God
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Humanity was made in His image, both male and female, which means we’re like Him in many ways, except that He’s God and we’re not. Because we are made in His image, we are unique among creation and have special worth derived from our maker. He’s loving and just and desires a relationship with us.

Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives. As individuals with free will, we have the freedom to respond or not to the relationship God originally initiated with us.

What the Bible Says

  • Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:2; Psalm 139:13-16; Psalm 8:3-6; John 1:13; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Colossians 2:13-15; James 1:14; Romans 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1

The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years by more than 40 authors in three languages, on three continents. It is composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible was given by God, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through chosen people and thus reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabulary of human writers.

The Bible is the essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct, the ultimate source for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any way. Any prompting from the Holy Spirit must be measured against the standard of God’s Word. God’s Word and His Spirit will never contradict.

The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. The Bible is the full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice; there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. The Bible’s truth is timeless and speaks to our everyday lives. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives.

What the Bible Says

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; Luke 21:33; Luke 24:44; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

Gift from God
We believe every person is disobedient to God’s desires and plans in varying degrees. Any disobedience to God, regardless of how large or small, is characterized as “sin.” “Sin” literally separates each person from God, which is spiritual death. Spiritual death is not God’s desire. Humanity can be united with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and Him alone.

Salvation, the free gift from God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. God re-establishes a personal relationship with that person and promises eternal life.

What the Bible Says

  • Romans 3:23-24; Romans 5:12,16; Romans 6:23; Psalm 51:4-5; John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:43; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:13-14; 1 John 5:11-13; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5

Body of Christ
We believe that all those, anywhere, who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord make up the one true universal (Capital “C”) church. This universal church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all saved persons are members.

We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. The purpose of a local church is to organize Christians to reach unbelievers with the message of salvation, serve as a corporate body for the worship of God, provide fellowship for Christians with each other, develop the gifts and talents of Christians for godly service, and practice baptism and communion.

We believe baptism and communion are God’s ordinances to be observed by believers in Jesus Christ, but not to be regarded as a means of salvation.

What the Bible Says

  • Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Baptism is not a personal choice, but a command for believers. Jesus established water baptism as an ordinance when He gave the Great Commission. Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life, when he or she was “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ.

What the Bible Says

  • Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; John 14:15; Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 9:18; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:15,33; Acts 19:3-5, Matthew 28:19

Communion, often called “The Lord’s Supper,” is a memorial in which Christians identify with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It’s a time for believers to remember the Lord’s broken body and His shed blood for all people. Jesus Christ instituted communion on the eve of His death when He ate the Passover meal with His disciples.

What the Bible Says

  • Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

God created humanity with the capacity to know, love, and worship Him. Worship is that place where the heart of God and the heart of His child meet. Oswald Chambers said, “Worship is giving to God the best He has given you.” Worship carries the idea of showing reverence to God. It’s an active, adoring response whereby we declare His worth. To worship means to bow down and pay homage to God: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Psalm 95:6).

What the Bible Says

  • Matthew 4:10; John 4:24; Romans 12:1; Psalm 95:6; Psalm 119

The Bible has a lot to say about Christians and their money. In fact, the Bible contains more than 2,000 Bible verses on the subject. Time and again, the Bible associates our money with our commitment and relationship to the Lord. The word give has been defined as “to make a present of.” One of the many ways we can help others is to give financially. Through giving, the early church helped one another and invested in what God was doing. Sadly, the concept of giving has become distorted today. Yet our giving is vitally connected to who we are.

What the Bible Says

  • 1 Chronicles 29:14; 2 Samuel 24:24; Matthew 6:21; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:10-11