There is one God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one. He is perfect in His many attributes of holiness, love, power, knowledge, justice, and mercy.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22
2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Peter 1:2
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation and was designed for dignity. However, Adams’s sin catapulted the creation into a fallen state and plunged all of his descendants into depravity. Thus, all of us are marred by rebellion and disobedience toward God, which is called “sin”. This attitude separated people from God and causes many problems in life.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
2 Thessalonians 1:9
Salvation is a free gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Repentance means turning away from sin and turning towards Christ. Trusting is belief in Christ alone for the remission of our sins. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in Heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
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 self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security and enable us to persevere in faith until the end.
1 Peter 1:3-5
2 Timothy 1:12
Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14
Each person is able to come to God for himself or herself. All believers are ministers or servants of God. All members are made “priest unto God” by the death of Christ. The church is a holy priesthood chosen by God to offer up spiritual sacrifices. There is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
2 Timothy 2:5
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the church. It was instituted when the Lord had the Passover meal before His crucifixion. We observe the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis in remembrance of Jesus Christ atonement for our sins. It is a proclamation of His death and an assurance of His second coming. We ask only those who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ to participate in the Lord’s Supper. The elements of bread and grape juice are used as symbols of Christ’s body that was broken and His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins.
1 Corinthians 11:21-32
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was born of a virgin. 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 earth to return for the church and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
- Meaning In Flesh-Human Form
- Means The Virgin Birth
- Predicted. (Isaiah 7:14)
- Proved. Feminine relative pronoun used in Matthew 1:16, which declares that the birth of Jesus was of Mary only and not of Joseph.
- To reveal God to men (John 1:18)
- To provide the sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 10 :1-10)
- To provide an example for living (I Peter 2:21)
- To destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8)
- To be a merciful High Priest (Hebrews 5:1-2)
- To fulfill the Davidic covenant (Luke 1:31-32)
- To be highly exalted (Philippians 2:9)
- The Person. The Person of the incarnate Christ included
- Undiminished deity
- Perfect humanity
- United in one Person forever
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is the divine helper, assistant, counselor, and instructor. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17
1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
John 16:7-13; 14:16-27
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. 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. It is the sole authority for life.
2 Timothy 3:16
2 Peter 1:20-21
2 Timothy 1:13
Psalm 119:105, 160 and 12:6
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given 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 demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical 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; 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.
Baptism is a picture and an illustration-a symbolic act. Baptism by immersion best illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our subsequent faith in Him. It is not necessary for salvation, but is strongly associated with salvation as it best illustrates our new identity with Jesus Christ. We believe in believer’s baptism. A person must first exercise faith in Jesus Christ, believing that He died for their sins, was buried and rose from the dead. An infant or person who does not understand God’s plan for salvation cannot make that kind of commitment. The Scriptural order is belief first followed by baptism. Baptism is limited to those who have personally believed in Jesus Christ as Savior.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, meaning each church is self-supporting, self- governing and self propagating. Each church has the right to manage its affairs with no central authority except that of Christ Himself. Freedom does not rule out cooperation. We have the wherewithal, meaning the collective wealth as supporting members other entities and churches. This means that we cooperate with other churches in pooling and sharing money for the support of missionaries and ministries at home and around the world.