Core Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit in the original manuscripts and is the highest source authority for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
 

The Trinity

We believe in the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each person of the Godhead is equal in deity yet carries out distinct roles (Gen 1:1,26; Matt 28:19; John 1:1,3; 4:24).
 

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite Spirit, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love.  We believe that He is sovereign over all things, involves Himself in the lives of mankind, and saves us from eternal death through Jesus Christ (Luke 10:21,22; Eph 1:11; 1 Pet 1:3; Rev 1:6).
 

God the Son, Jesus Christ

We believe in God the Son who has eternally existed.  He submitted Himself to human flesh, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, named Jesus, and was sinless in his humanity.  We believe that He died in our place providing atonement, was bodily raised, ascended into heaven, and now makes intercession for His people.  We believe that He will visibly return and gather all Christians unto Himself (Matt 1:18-25; John 1:1; 2 Cor 5:21; Luke 24:6-7; 1 Tim 3:16; Heb 7:25; 9:28).
 

God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, indwells, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer (John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; Rom. 8:16; 26-27; Titus 2:5).
 

The Devil, or Satan

We believe that Satan is the enemy of God and that he desires to deceive all men.  We believe that in the end God will defeat Satan and cast Him into the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 4:13; John 8:44; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
 

Salvation

We believe that man was created by God; that he sinned against God and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death.  We believe that those who repent from sin and trust in Jesus Christ are justified by God, delivered from condemnation, and saved unto eternal life (Gen 1:26; Gen 2:17; Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23; Luke 24:47; John 3:16; Rom 8:1; Acts 16:31).
 

The Church

We believe in the universal church, the spiritual body of Jesus Christ, made up of all people who have trusted in Christ.  We believe in the local church as the gathering of baptized believers who worship God and covenant to walk in fellowship with one another.  Our highest aim is to glorify God and our mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ both locally and globally (Eph 2:19-22; Acts 2:41-42; Heb 10:23-25; Matt 20:28).
 

Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that the marriage relationship has been established by God as a solemn union between a man and a woman. We believe, that in accordance with Scripture, sexual intimacy and sexual activity is appropriate only within the marriage relationship, between husband and wife (Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:31; 1 Corinthians 7:2).
 

Two Ordinances—Baptism and Lord's Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior.  We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by self-examination (Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28).
 

Last Things 

We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to earth, the full establishment of his kingdom, the final judgment of all men, and eternal life for all those who have believed in Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16; 1 Cor 15:42-58; Rev 20:11-14; Rev. 21-22).