What we believe....
Gen. 1:1, 26-27; Ex. 3:13-15; 20:1-7; 34:6-7; Dt. 6:4; Job 38:1-11; Ps. 24:1; Isa. 6:3; Mt. 6:9; 28:19;
Jn. 4:24; Acts 17:24-28; I Pet. 1:2; Rev. 4:8,11.
There is one God, the creator, preserver, and governor of all things. This God is spirit. His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.
God exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are of one substance, sharing the same attributes and glory, worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience.
The Bible was uniquely inspired of God through the agency of the Holy Spirit, who superintended those who originally wrote our Bible in such a way that they wrote down God's very word so that it is completely trustworthy, without error and authoritative in all it teaches.
The Bible perfectly reveals the nature, works and purposes of God. The Holy Scriptures contain a divine revelation of God's will as regards to our salvation and Christian life. It is the divine and only authority, completely sufficient for all Christian life and faith.
Human beings, including unborn children, were created in the image and likeness of God. They therefore have a value and dignity that mere humanism could never give them. We were created to glorify God and enjoy him forever and to be stewards over God’s world. But Adam fell from his high position and sinlessness. This estranged him -- and all humanity that followed him -- from the Holy God. Without God’s grace in Christ the human race is, therefore, in a state of sin and misery, under God’s righteous wrath, guilty, alienated from God and justly condemned to eternal separation from God in hell. We are unable to save ourselves, live holy lives or relate well to one another in human society.
The Son of God became incarnate (that is, He took on a human body). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In Christ, God united His complete divine nature with a complete human nature (like ours but without sin) in one person. He is fully divine and fully human; both natures, human and divine, were whole, perfect, indivisible, inseparable and yet distinct.
To accomplish our salvation, Jesus lived a sinless life, was a perfect example, and died on a cross, assuming the judgment rightly due sinners, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of sins. This is often called the “substitutionary atonement.” On the third day, He rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb, victorious over Satan. He then ascended to the Father where, in His exalted position, He now intercedes for us.
We believe sex is a gift from God to be enjoyed within the marriage relationship. We believe that God has commanded abstinence from any form of sexually intimate activity outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that participation in any activity related to fornication, pornography, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, and/or adultery is a sinful perversion of God's gift of sex. We believe that God created human beings male and female; therefore we hold the distinction between the two sexes to be sacred. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to change the appearance of one's sex by hormones, surgery, or any other means. (Romans 1:18-32)
We believe that human life is a sacred gift from God and must be respected from the moment of conception (fertilization) until natural death. We believe that the intentional, willful termination of a pregnancy ("abortion") at any time after conception constitutes the taking of unborn human life. Accordingly, abortions, including for reasons of birth defects, gender selection, birth control, population control, or even in the tragic instances of rape or incest, and acts of encouraging, facilitating, or paying for abortions, are inconsistent with Scripture and the glory of God. (Psalm 139:13-16)
We oppose active intervention with the intent to produce death ("euthanasia"), whether for the relief of suffering, economic considerations, or convenience of the person, family, or society. We do not oppose the withdrawal or failure to institute artificial means of life support in patients who are clearly and irreversibly deteriorating, in whom death appears imminent beyond reasonable hope of recovery.
For God shows us...
Ps. 32:1-2; Mk. 10:45; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-7; 5:24; 10:27-29; Acts 2:38; 16:31; Rom. 3:21-28; 5:1-11; 8:1-4, 28-39; II Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 1:6; Tit. 3:4-7; I Pet. 2:24; I Jn. 1:9.
Redemption - Salvation from sin and spiritual death were accomplished by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also, through His obedience as a perfect man to God, He reversed the effects of Adam’s disobedience. Therefore our present life on earth is also part of God’s redemptive plan.Justification - The Bible describes some aspects of our salvation in “forensic” (that is, legal, or courtroom) terms. God not only forgives believers, but because Christ took our place under the judgment of God, though sinless Himself, God declares us without guilt, or “justified.” This is by God’s grace alone and received by faith alone. Regeneration - Salvation is imparted by the Holy Spirit. He convinces us of our sin, gives us spiritual birth (the biblical term “born again” also carries the sense of being “born from above”), enlightens our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renews our wills. He makes us able to receive Christ as He is offered to us in the gospel. Repentance and Faith Salvation is received when we repent of our sin, believe in Christ and trust in the merits of His death. Upon trusting in Him as our Lord and Savior, we pass out of death and into everlasting life.
The New Testament warns against yielding to temptation and also against turning away from the faith (called “apostasy”) in such passages as Matthew 6:13 (in the Lord’s Prayer), 26:41 and Jude 21. At the same time it assures us that God, who grants us eternal life, will keep us secure in His love and power.This is known as “eternal security” or the “perseverance of the saints.”
John 5:24; 10:27-30; Rom 8:28-39; Phil. 1:6.
As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit applies the work of Christ to our hearts. He effectively calls us to God in Christ. He unites us to Christ through regeneration. He sanctifies us (makes us holy) by conforming our character to the character of Christ.
The Spirit indwells us, comforts us, guides us, and instructs us. He empowers us for godly living and calls us to serve God obediently in this world. He assures us of our salvation so we can know that nothing will separate us from the love of God.
The true church is that company of believers who have been born again in Jesus Christ and are united into a living body, of which He is head and every Christian is a part. In this sense the church is not a building or an earthly institution, but a worldwide fellowship which transcends all cultures and spans of history.
The church’s purpose consists of worship, service, evangelism, and mission. We are to evangelize and make disciples throughout the world. One way God empowers His church for this task is by giving each believer gifts for the work of the ministry. Some are called to special ministries. Among those specially called are evangelists and pastor-teachers. They are not the only “ministers,” but are to equip every believer for service (ministry).
The church is visibly identified in the world by the true preaching of the Word, the real fellowship of the Holy Spirit (seen in active care and discipline in the church), the right use of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and fervent, effective prayer.
Scripture employs various analogies to describe the church. It is called the body of Christ, the people of God, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. But -- among other images -- it is also compared to a family. God adopts us into His family and bestows on us an eternal inheritance. As we mature, we exhibit God’s love for us in our own families and communities.
Gen. 2:18-24; Mt. 19:3-9; Eph. 5:22-6:4.
Baptism is one of two ordinances or rites (along with the Lord’s Supper) established by Christ for all believers. It symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the Book of Acts, baptism immediately accompanied conversion to Christ. Those who are baptized identify themselves with Christ and in this way give testimony to their own faith and new life in Him. The command to baptize those who become Jesus’ disciples is part of the Great Commission.Our position is that there is historical evidence that the preferred mode of baptism in the early church was immersion, and that this is consistent with its significance in the New Testament. This seems best to represent the death and burial of Christ and is the practice of this church.
The Lord’s Supper is the context for recalling the death of Christ for us and for proclaiming it until he returns. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ given for us on the cross, and the wine in the cup symbolizes the blood of Christ through which we have redemption. This is also referred to as “communion” because it is an act of fellowship with Christ and with one another, and as the “eucharist” (meaning “thanksgiving”) because Jesus gave thanks when He instituted the Supper, and so do we as we celebrate it.
Both baptism and the Lord’s Supper portray the substitutionary death of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, although participating in them does not save us, they do express the grace of God to us.