Doctrine
  • God

    We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possess co-equal divinity, glory, and majesty as the Holy Trinity. We worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity, neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence.


    Just as Christian truth compels us to confess each person individually as both God and Lord, so our religion forbids us to say that there are three gods or lords. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.


    Biblical Support

    Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

  • Jesus Christ

    Jesus Christ is the co-eternal second person of the Trinity through whose work and person God has achieved His redemptive purpose of reconciling all creation with Himself. Eternally God, Jesus was later united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth in his consubstantial nature.


    He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for human sin by dying on the cross as a substitute. Thus, Jesus satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.


    Biblical Support

    Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

  • The Holy Spirit

    The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the co-eternal third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ.


    At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, the Church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them the recognition of their need for a Savior and regenerates them.


    Biblical Support

    2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • The Bible

    The foundational basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 39 books of the Old and 27 books of the New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men.


    The Bible, like Jesus, is incarnational, simultaneously speaking with the authority of God and reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Bible is infallible in regard to God's purposes and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.


    Biblical Support

    2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

  • The Church

    People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character and purpose. We are designed then to be His representatives, pointing the rest of creation back to God. As such, people are the pinnacle of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, we are marred and cursed by sin which separates people from God and causes many problems in life.


    Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. God's judgment will reveal His justice by consigning them to perpetuate in eternal retribution their own rejection of God, but believers will be received into eternal communion with God. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.


    Biblical Support

    John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5; John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23;Revelation 20:15

  • Salvation

    The central purpose of God’s revelation to man in the Bible is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, humanity sinned against God, choosing to go his independent way, and thus was alienated from God and seared the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God.


    The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation and justification of humanity is wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day Jesus returns.


    Biblical Support

    Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Isaiah 59:1-2; Philippians 1:6