A reliance on scripture.(2 Peter 1:3)
Life and godliness are found in a knowledge of His Word.
An appreciation of preaching.(2 Timothy 4:1-2)
Proclaiming God’s word is our first and greatest responsibility.
An attitude of serving.(Ephesians 4:11-13)
Equipping Christ’s followers to serve Him is our purpose.
A lifestyle of witnessing.(Matthew 5:16)
Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word and deed is our privilege.
The Nature of God
There is one God who eternally exists as three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and is the Sovereign Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1).
We believe that the Scriptures have given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, including not only salvation from the penalty of sin but instruction in righteousness for present sanctification and service to the glory of God. God is the final authority as revealed in His perfect, trustworthy, and inspired Word, which unfolds His character and His purposes (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Purpose of God
Everyone and everything has been made by God and for God and therefore all glory belongs to Him (Colossians 1:15-20).
All humanity was created in the image of God, and that when Adam sinned he placed all mankind into both physical and spiritual death; thus humanity became alienated from God, totally depraved, and incapable of remedying our sinful condition by our own means. (Genesis 1:27)
The world is fallen, and all humanity is separated from God because of sin (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23).
The Nature of Jesus
The Lord Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father through the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and is wholly man and wholly God. (Matthew 1:18-25).
Jesus' Death & Resurrection
The Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless and perfect life that fully pleased His Father; that He died on the cross for the sins of those who turn to Him in faith, and that He bore the judgment demanded by God’s holy justice against sin, so that God remains just and at the same time justifies those who believe in Jesus. Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, never to die again, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He intercedes as High Priest and Advocate on behalf of all who believe in Him. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
Salvation comes by grace, through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross plus nothing on the part of humanity (Ephesians 2:1-10).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit baptizes all true believers into the one true Church, the body of Christ, indwells every believer eternally, bestows spiritual gifts upon them and empowers them for service and holy living. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, seals at conversion, gifts, guides, and empowers the believer and the church (John 16:5-15; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 1:8).
The church is the body of Christ, with Christ as the Head, and functions to fulfill the mission of God (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
Jesus' Return and the Kingdom
We eagerly await Christ’s imminent return for the Church, when believers will receive a new body at the resurrection. We believe the church will return to Earth with Jesus at His promised Second Coming, when He will establish and rule over His 1,000-year Kingdom centered in Jerusalem. At the conclusion of the Kingdom, the world will experience a final judgment, after which the Father, Son and Spirit will dwell eternally among God’s people in the coming New Heavens and Earth called the New Jerusalem. (John 14:1-5; 1Corinthians 15; Revelation 20-22; Matthew 24:1-51, 25:1-46).
The Eternal State of Humanity
All people who have faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity with God in His Kingdom, while all people who do not have faith in Jesus Christ remain in their sins and receive the just penalty of eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:1-46; John 5:24; Revelation 20:11-15).
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that two ordinances, water (i.e., believer’s) baptism and the Lord’s Supper, neither of which is essential to salvation, are to be observed by all believers in obedience to our Lord until Christ’s return.