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 the only essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by Him and free of error in all it teaches. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine.
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, and 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.
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 from nothing. Through the same Word He daily sustains all his creatures. He rules over all and is the only 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.
GOD, THE SON
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He was perfect in nature, teaching, and obedience. He is fully God and fully man. He was always with God and is God. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood and died a vicarious death 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.
GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord, thus leading a person to trust in divine mercy. As such, He is the Supernatural Agent in accomplishing our regeneration into life with God. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth, and subsequently indwells believers to fill, empower, teach, and seal them until the day of redemption. He also baptizes every believer into the body of Jesus Christ - the Church.
We believe man was created to be the image bearer of God, having been uniquely made in the image and likeness of God. The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events. From the beginning, God created male and female in His own image with different but complementary characteristics. It is thus contrary to God’s created order to attempt to adopt a gender other than a person’s biological sex. Scripture teaches that marriage is the lifelong and exclusive union of one man and one woman and signifies the mystical union between Christ and His Church.
We believe that sin has fractured all things, leaving the world in desperate need for salvation. In Adam's rebellion and sin, the human race was plunged into sin and became alienated from God. Now the entire human race inherits a corrupt nature that is opposed to God and His law. Humanity is therefore utterly unable to remedy our lost condition. This depravity is radical and pervasive; it extends to the mind, will, body, and affections. Mankind’s ultimate end in this lost state is subjection to divine wrath, condemnation, and eternal separation from God. Fallen, sinful people, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
We believe that God, in Jesus Christ, is redeeming a people back to Himself. This good news is revealed in Jesus’ 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. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. Therefore, salvation, the free gift of God, is provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Through Christ’s atonement for sin, an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child.
We believe that God, in Jesus Christ, is making all things new. Believers are raised with Jesus Christ as brand new creations. For this to become an experiential reality, the believer must choose to walk by faith in dependence on the Holy Spirit. Sanctification, the ongoing work of restoration in our lives, is Jesus Christ living His life through the believer as the Holy Spirit serves as the active agent in our maturation. Ultimately, 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.
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