We believe that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three, known and referred to as the Trinity, are equal in essence and distinct in function.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
GOD THE FATHER
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring Him glory and honor, through His grace. While He is transcendent, He is also actively involved in His creation – offering an eternal relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)
GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Fully God, fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Father’s justice, offering atonement for all of humanity’s sins, for all time. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return back to earth to establish the new heaven and new earth.
(John 1:14-18; 1 Corinthians 15; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 21-22)
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in this world through humanity. The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions and will). He equips believers upon conversion by giving them gifts to be used for the building up of the church and by bearing fruit through their yielded lives.
(John 3:1-8, 16:5-16; Romans 8:5-16; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25)
We were created in the image of God, destined to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him, fulfilling His will here on earth. Because of Adam and Eve’s willful sin in the garden, sin has now entered into the world infecting all of humanity and all of God’s good creation. As a result, we are all separated from God, spiritually dead, and destined for physical death and an eternity removed from God.
(Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-32, 3, 5; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice, offering the atonement of sins for all mankind through his death, burial and resurrection. Our response to God’s offer of salvation is to repent, believe and be immersed into Christ.
(John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Acts 2:38, 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 1:7, 2:4-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-9, 17-21; 1 John 5:11-13)
We believe that every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error. The Word of God reveals God’s nature and will for all of humanity, and because of this it is to be the foundation of our faith and practice.
We affirm, that while the Bible is accurate in all matters, it was never given to be an end in and of itself but rather a means to a relationship with God. Because of this, the authority and teaching of the Bible will have a preeminent place in our church.
(John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
For all who have placed their faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ, they are a part of the universal body of believers known as the church. This placement of the believer into the universal church also requires an association of the believer with other Christians in a local church body.
The purpose of the local church is to lead people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. The members of the local church are to live their lives in humble submission to other Spirit led believers, and to the appointed leaders of the church who faithfully serve under Jesus, the chief shepherd, cornerstone and ultimate head of the church.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:1-14; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that the next great event in human history will be the return of Jesus Christ for His children. This is the blessed hope for all followers of Jesus Christ.
While this event is a prophetic truth of Scripture, we acknowledge that the point of Christ’s return is not for the believer to passively await, but to labor with all of our might in the power of the Spirit to fulfill His will in our lives through righteous living, evangelism and discipleship.
After the return of Christ those who have accepted God’s gracious gift of salvation will worship Him forever in the new heaven and new earth. While those who did not will spend an eternity separated from Him in hell.
(Matthew 24:36; John 14:1-3; Colossians 3:20-4:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Titus 2:11-14)
We affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity. In regard to these essential doctrines there can be no conflicting opinions of those who call themselves true followers of Christ.
However, we do acknowledge that there are peripheral or non-essential doctrines, which are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation. Some of these doctrines include the specific functions of women in ministry, the exact timing and nature of Jesus’ return, extent and use of certain spiritual gifts, the relationship between election and free-will in salvation, creation, etc.
Our goal in dealing with these non-essentials will be to find a balance between biblical truth and Christian unity. To that end we will be diligent in clarifying our position as it relates to these non-essentials – but we will also not allow these secondary doctrines to cause division within the church. With that in mind, we would ask those that have different opinions to not be divisive when sharing their views but, instead, to do so with humility, love and grace.