WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God’s Word: It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without error and is completely relevant to all people in our daily lives when contextually interpreted.
God is love: Since love cannot exist in isolation, God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists in one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
The Father is great: He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move, and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus is our Hope: He is completely human and, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life as an example for us, taught us how to be reunited with our Father, and defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have the life God created us to live.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is our guide: His presence assures us of our relationship with Jesus. He convicts people of their sin, counsels them in the way they should live, and reveals the truth found in God’s Word. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Jesus.
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have relationship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
What Jesus accomplished on the cross, by taking our sin on Himself and defeating death, provides the only way to salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift of God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
The Church is a divinely called assembly, or community, of local believers that are unified by their faith in Christ and the mission of God in their community. The Church is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Good News to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of living in the way of Jesus.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either be eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.