Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, identified with mankind by becoming a man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.
We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished the redemption of man through His sinless life
on earth and His death on the cross as man’s representative. His death was a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice that satisfied God’s just and wrathful punishment for the sinful man. Also, our redemption is made sure by Jesus’ literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Jesus’ substitutionary death and subsequent resurrection are the only means of providing reconciliation, justification, propitiation, redemption, sanctification, and glorification of man.
We believe that the Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ, personally and visibly, who is coming again to judge the living and the dead and to establish His kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is an eternal part of the Godhead, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption
We believe that the Holy Spirit works progressively to transform genuine believers into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers believers for worship, witness, and service. In addition, the indwelling Holy Spirit gives supernatural fruit and gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ (the church) and for the effective witness of the Gospel to the world.
We believe that mankind was created, male and female, in the image and likeness of God, with the purpose to enjoy a relationship with God and to give glory to God in everything.
We believe that through Adam’s sin, the whole human race fell into condemnation and judgment and inherited a sinful nature that pervades all aspects of who we are and what we do. This sinful nature, and subsequent acts of sin, is essentially prideful rebellion against God, resulting in every person’s ongoing conflict with, and alienation from God, their true self, other people, and the physical world (nature).
We believe that, in their sinful state, every person is totally depraved, and in themselves completely unable to change their lost condition, resolve the conflict, or heal the alienation that permeates and plagues their life.
We believe that a person is saved (rescued) from the just condemnation and wrathful punishment of God, reconciled to God, given the righteousness of Christ, and delivered from the bondage of sin solely through the gift of God brought to them by grace and received by personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All aspects of salvation are provided for and result from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the divine act of regeneration precedes the human act of faith. If God does not change a person’s heart and draw them to Himself, they are incapable of coming to God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity. There is no other god, person, religion, or philosophy by which a person, any person, can be saved.
Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all true believers in Christ, saved by the power of the Gospel, are kept by the same power of God and are thus secure in Christ forever. God does not change His mind. Nor can a true believer sin in such a way that is not covered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word and the evidence of growth in holiness in their life.
Church & Community
We believe that the church is the divine gathering of believers in the Gospel of Christ in joint worship, service, and mission. We believe that the Biblical metaphors of the church as the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ, point to the unity, diversity, intentionality, love, and devotion that are to characterize the gathering of true believers in Christ.
We believe in the one universal church, which is composed of all those, in every time and place, who are chosen in Christ and united in Christ through repentance and faith.
We believe that the local church is the expression of God’s universal church in a specific time, place, and culture. We believe that each local church should be autonomous and responsible to function according to Biblical integrity and faithfulness to the Gospel of Christ.
We believe that it is God’s design that all believers in Christ submit to and participate in the life of a local church. Involvement in a local community of believers is an essential means by which all believers draw closer to God; grow in spiritual, relational, and personal health; and bear witness to the redeeming love of God in Christ to a lost world.