Here is a brief summary of what we stand firmly on.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is infinite, personal, perfect, holy, full of wisdom, power and love. God concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:9, 7:11, 28:19 || Isaiah 6:3, 40:12-26, 46:8-11, 55:6-7 || Romans 11:33-39 || Psalms 90:2 , 138:5-6 || Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22 || 1 Peter 1:2 || 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to God's side and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
John 1:1-5, 11:14-18, 14:10-30 || Luke 1:18-20 || Hebrews 4:15 || Romans 5:8 || 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 || Ephesians 1:20 || 1Thessalonians 4:16 || Mark 1:14-15 || Matthew 1:22-23 || Isaiah 9:6 || 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 || Romans 1:3-4 || Acts 1:9-11 || 1 Timothy 6:14-15 || Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17 || John 16:7-13; 14:16-17 || Acts 1:8 || 2 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 || Ephesians 1:13 || Galatians 5:25 || Ephesians 5:18
You are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. You are the supreme object of God's creation and love. Although you have tremendous potential for good, you are marred by a condition of disobedience towards God called "sin." This reality separates you from God until the relationship is restored through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Though we are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore without Christ, God regenerates and baptizes by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord in baptism.
Ephesians 2:1-10 || Acts 2:38 || Ezekiel 36:26 || John 1:12-13, 10:9 || Genesis 1:27 || Psalms 8:3-6 || Isaiah 53:6 || Romans 3:23 || Isaiah 59: 1-2
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 without any mixture of error. The Old and New Testaments are both the Word of God and fully inspired to be interpreted according to their context and purpose in reverent obedience to the Lord, Who speaks through them in living power.
2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16 || 2 Peter 1:20-21 || Psalms 119:105, 160; 12:6 || Proverbs 30:5 || Romans 15:4 || James 1:22
Humans were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16 || 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 || Romans 6:23 || Revelation 20:15
Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of Forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life became ours the moment Jesus rose from the dead. It is received in the process of believing, confessing, repenting, and being baptized into Jesus Christ and his life by faith. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer can experience salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is grace and keeping power of God that gives this refuge.
Romans 6:23 || Ephesians 2:8-9 || John 14:6; 1:12 || Titus 3:5 || Galatians 3:26 || Romans 5:1 || John 10:29 || 2 Timothy 1:12 || Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14 || 1 Peter 1:3-5
Baptism was committed by Christ to the Church: Baptism is part of the means that God has given us for receiving his gift of cleansing and salvation. In baptism God "washes away" all sin and imparts his Holy Spirit. Baptism is an anglicized form of the Greek word, baptisma that literally means immersion or dipping.
Acts 2:38-39; 8:36-39; 22:16 || I Peter 3:20-21 || Luke 3:3
The Lord's Supper
One of the practices/disciplines of the early church (and, we believe, a continued expectation of Christ for his church today) is the sharing of the Lord's Supper (communion) by the local church on the first day of every week.
The Appearing of Christ