Our Beliefs

GOD: There is one—and only one—living and true God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is infinite in love, holiness, and all other perfections, He is all-powerful, and He is all-knowing. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

MAN: Man—both male and female—is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and love. Although man has tremendous potential for good, the entire human race is marred by an attitude of pride and disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1–2)

ETERNITY: Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or united with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Both heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)

JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He took human nature upon Himself and was born to the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22–23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1–5, 14:10–30; Hebrews 4:14–15; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Romans 1:3–4; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Timothy 6:14–15; Titus 2:13)

SALVATION: Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith, continues as one matures through discipleship, and is made complete in heaven. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8–9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

THE BELIEVER'S SECURITY IN CHRIST: Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the believer’s self-effort. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10–14; 1 Peter 1:3–5)

THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to enable men to understand truth and to make them aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live and operate under His control daily. (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)

BAPTISM AND COMMUNION: Christian baptism is a believer’s immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is the first act of obedience and symbolizes the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin and former way of life, and the believer’s commitment to walk in newness of life in Christ. It also testifies to faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Communion (The Lord's Supper) is a symbolic act of obedience in which believers, through sharing the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember Jesus’ death and anticipate His second coming. (Matthew 3:13–17; 26:26–30; 28:19–20; Mark 1:9–11; 14:22–26; Luke 3:21–22; 22:19–20; John 3:22-23; Acts 2:41–42; 8:35–39; 16:30–33; 20:7; Romans 6:3–5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23–29; Colossians 2:12)

THE FAMILY: God has designed the family as the foundation for human society. It is made up of people related to each another by marriage, by blood, or by adoption. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the relationship between Christ and the church. Marriage also provides the basis for intimate companionship, the true context for God’s gift of sexuality, and the biblical means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife have equal value before God because both are created in His image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband should love his wife as Christ loves the church. He has a divine responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to her husband’s servant leadership just as the church willingly submits to Christ’s leadership. She has a divine responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to model God's pattern for marriage to their children. They also have the responsibility to teach spiritual and moral values to their children and to lead them, by example and through loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical wisdom and truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26–28, 2:15–25, 3:1–20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26–28; Psalms 51:5, 78:1–8, 127:3-5, 128, 139:13–16; Proverbs 1:8, 5:15–20, 6:20–22, 12:4, 13:24, 14:1, 17:6, 18:22, 22:6,15, 23:13–14, 24:3, 29:15,17, 31:10–31; Ecclesiastes 4:9–12, 9:9; Malachi 2:14–16; Matthew 5:31–32, 18:2–5, 19:3–9; Mark 10:6–12; Romans 1:18–32; 1 Corinthians 7:1–16; Ephesians 5:21–33, 6:1–4; Colossians 3:18–21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3–5; Titus 2:3–5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1–7)

THE BIBLE: The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and testifies to Jesus Christ, the focus of divine revelation. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is the supreme standard by which all human conduct and religious opinions should be tried. (Luke 24:25–27; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:20–21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

 

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