Statement of beliefs
The following represent our core beliefs and doctrines. If you would like further information, please contact us, or for a full doctrinal statement and Constitution, click here.
We believe in the living and true god of the Bible, who is all knowing (Isa. 46:9-10), all powerful (Jer.32:17), all present (Psalm 139:7-22), unchangeable (Malachi 3:6), eternal (Psalm 102:12), and sovereign (1 Samuel 2:6-8). He is also holy (1 Peter1:15), righteous (Psalm 11:7), wise (1 Corinthians 1:18-31), true (Isaiah 65:16), merciful (Luke 1:50), love (1 John 4:8), patient (Numbers 14:18), and wrathful (Romans 1:18). God is ONE (Deuteronomy 6:4) in His essence but eternally subsistent in the three persons of the Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of God the Father
We believe a central biblical teaching about the First Person of the Trinity is His Fatherhood. In the Old Testament, His Fatherhood is shown as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2). He is also the Creator and Preserver of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:6). In the New Testament, His Fatherhood is expressed as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:6). Through Christ, He is also the Father of all Christians (Galatians 3:26). As Creator of all mankind (Jeremiah 27:5), He desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16-18). As Father, He has and will provide believers with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3-6), all of life's essentials (Romans 8:32), and necessary spiritual discipline to grow to spiritual maturity (Hebrews 12:9-11).
The Person and Work of God the Son
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal (Colossians 1:16) Son of God (Matthew 16:16), became man (Galatians 4:4) without ceasing to be God (Philippians 2:6-11). Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18, 25), He reveals God and redeems sinful man (Galatians 4:4-5). He accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood on the cross (1 Peter 1:18-19). This redemption is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1:911) and now intercedes at the right hand of God the Father for those he redeemed (Hebrews 7:25) as our exalted High Priest (Hebrews 1:3).
The Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person with an intellect (Romans 8:27), a will (1 Corinthians 12:11), and emotions (Ephesians 4:30). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, or righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:5-11). He also imparts eternal life (regeneration; Titus 3:5) to anyone who believes in Christ (John 3:16), permanently indwells every believer (1 Corinthians 6:17-19) and seals every believer until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and Spirit baptism at the time of belief (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit is permanently involved in the believer's life (John 14:16) by giving spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11) and teaching spiritual truths (John 16:13). God commands all believers to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
We believe salvation is an unmerited gift of God offered to man by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18), whose precious blood was shed to redeem us from our sin (1 Peter 1:18-19). Salvation affects mankind n the following ways: he/she is freed from the condemnation, power, and penalty of sin (John 5:24), which is death (1 Corinthians 15:55-56), given eternal life (Romans 6:23), and justified or declared righteous before God (Romans 5:17).
The Security of the Believer
We believe Christ performed His redemptive work once for all. It is a finished work (Hebrews 10:10-14). Those who trust Christ receive eternal life, are united with Christ as joint heirs with Him, and are given authority to be called children of God the Father (John 1:12, Romans 8:13-17, 1 Corinthians 12:13). We believe our possession of this new life (Romans 6:4) and our position in Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6) are irrevocably secured by God who gives His Spirit as the seal of His promise (Ephesians 4:30) and the pledge of His love (Romans 8:38-39).
The Responsibility of the Believer
We believe each Christian is responsible to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:13) through worship - expressing awe, adoration and thanksgiving to God (John 4:23-24, Revelation 5:8-14), through evangelism - proclaiming the gospel to unsaved individuals in our community and throughout the world with an invitation to trust Christ (Mark 16:15-16), through spiritual growth - developing personal and corporate maturity in Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12), and through fellowship - participating together with believers to further the cause of Christ (Philippians 1:5, 1 John 1:3).
We believe God's universal Church is comprised of all born-again believers (John 3:3-8) from Pentecost (Acts 2) to the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). God's universal church is a spiritual organism (1 Corinthians 12:1-13) of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 5:23). God's universal Church is also known as the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18), and will be His bride in eternity(Ephesians 5:25-27, 32).
We believe the local church (Acts 14:7) is God's primary spiritual organism for the assembly of believers today. The local church is a visible, local representation of the universal Church. God intends all believers to publicly identify with a local church (Hebrews10:24-25). Each local church is to minister to its own members through individual spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-26), teaching God's Word, having fellowship with believers, worshiping, and praying (Acts 2:42). The local church is also God's primary means to spread the gospel and make disciples throughout the world (Matthew 28:17-20, Acts 1:8).