What we believe about God shapes everything we do as a church. In all things, we seek to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus Christ through gospel-centered Worship, Fellowship, and Discipleship.
GOD IS TRIUNE
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-existent, co-equal, 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.
Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19
A. GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His word and for His glory, He freely and
supernaturally created the world out of nothing. Through the same Word He daily sustains all His
creatures. He rules over all and He alone is Sovereign. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is
faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him, and in His
unfathomable grace gave His Son Jesus Christ for mankind’s redemption. He made man for fellowship
with Himself and intended that all creation should live to the praise of His glory.
Gen. 1:1; Num. 23:19; Ps. 115:3; 135:6; Isa. 43:7; 46:8-11; Dan. 4:35; Rom. 8:28; 1 Cor. 10:31; Heb.
B. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He is perfect in nature, teaching, and
obedience. While He was on earth He was truly God and truly man. He was always with God
and is God. Through Him and for Him all things 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 the only
Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood and died as a substitute on Calvary’s
cross. By His death in our place, He revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing
our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, 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 where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord
over all. He is the Head of His body, the church, and should be adored, loved, served, and obeyed
Luke 1:31, 35; John 1:1-3; 3:16; Acts 2:32-33; 4:12; Rom. 8:34; Col. 1:15-20; 2:15; 1 Tim. 2:5
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and
judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He effectually calls man to repent of their
sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The
Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and dwells within
the regenerate. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son who in turn came to glorify the
Father. He will lead the church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of
God’s Word. He is to be respected, honored, and worshipped as God the Third Person of the
Gen. 2:7; Ps. 104:30; John 3:5-8; 16:7-8; 1 Cor. 2:11; Titus 3:5-6
We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is an essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It shows us that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The
Scriptures are the final authority and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession, or theology must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
Deut. 29:29; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Jas. 1:22; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; Rev. 22:18-19
God made man – male and female – in His own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to Him, he became subject to God’s wrath, inwardly depraved and apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will, and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God.
Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or achievements, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
Gen. 1:26-28; 2:25; 3:1-24; 6:5; Ps. 51:5; Mark 7:20-23; Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12-21; 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel, and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, church, and ministries to proceed from and be related to the cross.
Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:21-26; 4:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:2
MAN’S RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL
Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory. It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins and by God’s grace put saving faith in Christ. This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidenced by kingdom service or works. While neither repentance nor works save, unless a person is willing to deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow Christ, he cannot become His disciple.
Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 1:3-14; 2:8-10; 1 Cor. 6:11; Titus 3:3-7
MAN’S INHERITANCE THROUGH THE GOSPEL
Salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. Through Christ’s atonement for sin an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child. Through the miracle of regeneration the believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit.
John 3:16; Rom. 5:18-19; 2 Cor. 3:17; 5:17-21; Col. 2:13-14
The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in us, as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, as we are led by the Spirit, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping His commandments and endeavoring to live in the world that all people may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. All believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith knowing they will have to give an account to God for their every thought, word, and
deed. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, worship, and confession, are a vital means of grace in this regard. Nevertheless, the believer’s ultimate confidence to persevere is based in the sure promise of God to preserve His people until the end, which is most certain.
Rom. 8:28-30; 14:12; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Gal. 5:22-23; Phil. 1:6; Col. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:7; Heb. 10:22-23
God by His Word and Spirit creates the church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s Body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that new redeemed humanity. The church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the church universal is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully doing His will on the earth. This
involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in the entire world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the church is the making of disciples through the proclamation of the gospel in word and deed. When God transforms human nature, this then becomes the chief means of society’s transformation. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. All members of the church universal are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context they are called to walk out the New Covenant as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given various gifts to the members of
the church for the equipping of Christ’s body that it might mature and grow. Through these gifts all members of the church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of the ministry. In the context of the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and leadership and the opportunity to employ their God-given gifts in His service in relation to one another and to the world.
Isa. 43:7; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 10:31
SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
Water baptism is only intended for the individual who, being of the age of accountability has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be water baptized (our preference is immersion), in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to
death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin. As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This sacrament symbolizes the sacrificing of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper in faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.
Matt. 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 11:17-32
The consummation of all things includes the visible, personal, and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside of Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God Who makes all things new.
Acts 1:11; Rom. 8:18-23; 1 Cor. 15:50-55; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11; 2 Thess. 1:9-10; Rev. 21:1-4;
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman, and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin. We believe that God created the human race male and female, and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin.
Gen. 2:24-25; Ex. 20:14, 17,22:19; Lev. 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matt. 19:4-6, 9; Rom. 1:18-31; I Cor. 6:9-10, 15-20; I
Tim. 1:8-11; Jude 7; Gen. 1:27; Deut. 22:5.”