What We Believe
We believe the Scriptures reveal the being, nature, and
character of God, the nature of his creation, and especially his will
for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ. The Bible is
therefore our supreme and final authority in all matters, including the
We believe in God...
We believe in the one true, infinitely perfect, eternal, just, loving,
personal God, the Creator. He alone sustains the universe. There is
only one divine nature, one true God. He is the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ...
He is at once both true God and true man. We believe in his eternal
preexistence, his virgin birth, his miracles, his sinless life, his
sacrificial death on the cross, his glorious bodily resurrection from
the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his present work in heaven as
High Priest and Advocate. Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of
the Father in heaven, and lives to indwell all who recognize their
sinfulness, and turn their lives over to his authority. Jesus will
return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.
We believe in the Holy Spirit...
We believe in his personal work in salvation, which includes granting
us faith by God's Word, convicting us of sin, and granting us
repentance. The Holy Spirit brings about the regeneration of lost
sinners by dwelling in those who believe in Christ Jesus. This gives us
new birth with the divine nature, which is Christ in us, the hope of
glory. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus, reminds us of his teaching, and
empowers us to abide in Christ, giving us gifts for godly living
through loving self sacrifice and service.
We believe God created human beings in his image to fellowship with him
and give him glory. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, rebelled
against God and chose to go their own way. As a result, the sinful
nature was passed on to all people, separating us from God. Because of
sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), human beings are born
with a nature that is incapable of pleasing God, or of trusting
themselves to him. The only remedy is salvation by God's grace through
faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin,
death, and all the powers of Satan. Christ's empty tomb, his many
resurrection appearances, and the emergence of the Christian church,
are historical evidence of his resurrection.
We believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ (its
Founder, Head, and Shepherd) and that it encompasses all true believers
at all times and places. The function of the church is to carry out the
Lord's expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. All people
who place their confident trust in Jesus Christ for salvation belong to
the church; they are the people of God. This community of believers is
neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more
and more under the control of the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth, personally,
bodily, and visibly to establish his glorious reign in a kingdom that
will never end. As the sovereign Lord, he will resurrect and judge all
humanity. Those who have received his offer of life through the Gospel
will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to
eternal conscious torment in hell. We look forward to the blessed hope,
Christ's Second Coming in glory.