We believe the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error in the original manuscripts—the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct.
(II Timothy 3:16, I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in the one living and true God. He exists eternally in three coequal persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who act together in creation, providence and redemption. The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe.
(Genesis 1:26, I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11, I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31, I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15, Deuteronomy 32:3-4)
Jesus Christ is God the Son who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles, and teaching. He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection. He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation, and intercedes for all believers.
(John 1:14, Matthew 1:18, John 14:9, Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 4:23-24, I Corinthians 15:3-4, II Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:23-25, Philippians 2:5-11)
The Holy Spirit is fully God and inspired men to write the Bible. He convicts individuals of their sin, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth. The Spirit indwells, seals, and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society. He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies, and produces the fruit of Christlikeness in all who yield to Him.
(II Peter 1:21, James 1:18, John 16:7-11, I Thessalonians 1:5-6, Romans 8:16, I Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 12:5-8, I Peter 4:10, Acts 4:31, Romans 8:14, I Corinthians 2:10-13, Ephesians 5:18, II Thessalonians 2:13, Galatians 5:16; 22-23)
God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation. As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect. Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation. Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God.
(Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-17, Genesis 3 Romans 5:12-21, Romans 3:9-18, 23, Ephesians 4:27, II Corinthians 2:11, Matthew 16:23, Romans 14:12, I Timothy 2:5)
Salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death. It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace. Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God.
(II Timothy 1:9-10, I Thessalonians 5:23, I Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 20:21, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:27, Romans 5:1, II Peter 3:18, Ephesians 4:15, I Thessalonians 3:12)
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
(John 10:29, Hebrews 10:14, 1 John 5:11-12, 2 Timothy 1:12)