Statements of Belief
I. The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Bible are the inspired Word of God in all its parts and in the whole. The Bible is the all-sufficient and authoritative rule for faith and conduct, written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As God’s revealed Word to humanity, the Holy Scriptures are the guide to salvation and to all Christian worship and service, the supreme revelation from God and about God.
II. The One True God
We believe that there is but one true and living God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine perfection and are worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served and is the only proper object of worship.
III. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
IV. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in his atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, intercession for His people, and His personal and imminent return to earth.
V. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
We believe that all people have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that salvation comes only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ; it is a free gift by grace through faith and is wholly without human works. Salvation is received by turning from sin, following Jesus Christ, believing in His atoning death, and by being renewed by the Holy Spirit to the promise of eternal life.
VII. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, good works, fellowship, and Christ-like growth. We believe that each member has an unbrokered relationship with God and are individually responsible to respond to God’s call. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
VIII. Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of humanity; that their conduct should reflect the character of Christ into world; that they should be a faithful steward of their time, resources, and possessions; seeking to grow into the full stature of maturity in Christ.
IX. Religious Liberty
We believe that every human is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; and that Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.