WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God Himself. The Bible is comprised of the Old and New Testaments and is infallible and inerrant. The Bible is the Word of God!
Autonomy of the Local Church
The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ. No religious
hierarchy may dictate its beliefs or practices. The church is self-governing.
There is only one living and true God, Creator and absolute Ruler. In the unity of the
Godhead there are three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; equal and of
one nature and substance in every divine perfection.
Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten Son of God and God the Son. He was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin, rose bodily from the dead and ascended alive into heaven. Jesus is fully God and fully Man in one person.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person. He is one with God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ). He
is the Agent of the new birth at salvation. He baptizes, indwells, seals, fills, enlightens, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. The Spirit distributes gifts to believers, as He determines, for
the building up of the church.
Everyone has sinned (broken God’s Law) and is separated from God. The penalty for sin is death and eternal separation from God. Jesus Christ satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God by dying on the cross for our sins. He rose from the dead to defeat sin and death and prove that He is truly the Son of God. Forgiveness of sin and complete reconciliation with God is possible by turning away from sin (repentance) and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. Salvation is by God’s Grace through Faith and does not involve any good works that we do. One who is truly saved is kept secure by God forever.
Individual Soul Liberty
Every individual has the liberty to choose what he or she believes. No one should be forced to believe against his will; however, this does not exempt one from accountability to God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
John 1:1-4 (NIV)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men."