It’s important to note that simply “knowing” truth and doctrine is not what changes our heart or lifestyle. Jesus criticized the religious
leaders of His day for being legalists. They were well-versed with the smallest details of the Old Testament writings, but they didn’t
let that knowledge deep into their hearts to impact their lives. What matters most is whether the doctrine we profess to believe increases
our love for God and our love for people. (Matthew 22:36-40)
On the flip side, we cannot love people or God correctly, if we do not have a proper understanding of biblical doctrine. We need to believe
rightly in order to love effectively.
We believe that the sixty-six canonical books of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired and without error in their original writings. They are, therefore, our final authority in faith and life.
We believe in the one living and true God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe God was Himself in Jesus Christ and that He came to earth to reconcile man to God. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He joined together the deity of God and the humanity of man. Jesus of Nazareth was God in mortal flesh, experienced human suffering, was crucified, died a physical death, and was buried. He did this to reconcile God the Father to humankind and to be a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women – past, present, and future.
We believe Christ offered once and for all the one perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world; no other satisfaction for sin is necessary; none other can atone. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the grave.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is equivalent in significance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son; Father, Son, and Spirit are coequal individuals within the one eternal God. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers, and as they yield to His control, He enables them to obey the will of God and to lead holy lives, separate from the sins of the world.
We believe that men and women can be saved from sin and come into possession of eternal life by realizing they are sinners, believing that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided salvation through His own shed blood at Calvary, and faithfully accepting His forgiveness for sins. Salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ as personal Savior and sin-bearer; it is an entirely free gift from God and cannot be achieved by any person’s work.
We believe the Holy Spirit distributes, as He wills, gifts of speech and service devoted to the common good and the building of the Church. Gifts are to be exercised under the authority of Jesus Christ. The believer is to seek as evidence of the Holy Spirit’s fullness not the gifts themselves, but the Giver, who is Christ. The gifts of the Spirit are to be accompanied by the fruit of the Spirit. The life of the Spirit, as displayed in the life of a believer, is characterized by the pure love of Jesus.
We believe that Adam and Eve were created without sin, but through their defiance in the Garden of Eden, they fell from their original innocence. As their offspring, humanity – Christ excluded – is corrupted by very nature. Therefore, we are all born in sin and are subject to death and judgment, apart from divine grace.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ and that all believers are members of the Church universal. The Church is representative of the Body of Christ, of which He is the head. (Romans 12:4-8)
The Great Comission
We believe that all Christ followers are called and commissioned by the Lord to live for the glory of God and to lead others to Christ.