WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible is the Word of God. The Bible is the inspired, trustworthy, written record of God’s self-revelation to humanity. The Bible is sufficient for faith and practice in any age. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end because of His love for us, and truth for its matter. Only the 66 books chosen by the leading of God through the early church are accepted as authoritative. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ, under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Trinity. There is only one true, living God. God exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the following attributes of God. God is present everywhere (omnipresent) (Psalm 139). God has perfect knowledge of all things (omniscient). God’s power knows no bounds or limitations; He rules and sustains the universe according to His nature (omnipotent). God is above all and is able to bring to pass everything that He wills (transcendent). God’s nature is unchanging (immutable). God is near and ever-present (immanent). God is without beginning and ending (eternal). God is a spiritual, and personal, Being; the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is holy and perfect.
We believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which means that our salvation has been made possible through the life, death, and physical resurrection, ascension, and intercessory work of Christ. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Jesus Christ was fully human yet also fully divine. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Him. Jesus Christ, through His shed blood, is the once-for-all final atonement for humanity’s sins. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and we all must submit to His authority. Jesus Christ will return to take believers to heaven.
We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Believers receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at salvation. Believers are provided assurance of their salvation by the Holy Spirit. Believers will be empowered for testimony. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and interpret the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit will empower and equip believers for service. The Holy Spirit binds people together in unity of fellowship. The Holy Spirit inspired men of old to write the Scriptures.
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, with Jesus as our High Priest.
We believe in the need for personal salvation, thus responding to God’s love and desire for us to spend eternity with Him. All persons are in need of salvation. We can do nothing to earn salvation; we are saved by the grace (unmerited favor) of God. God forgives our sins. Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely by God to all who repent and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God desires that none would be lost, but consistent with the free will given to persons by God, God allows the choice of salvation or eternal damnation.
We believe that believers will enjoy a new heaven and earth with no pain or death.
We believe Satan and those who have not accepted the gift of salvation will be confined to hell, which will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire forever.