In his classic work, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer noted, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." What we believe is important. Our beliefs guide our thoughts and actions. Here are some of the things we believe:
We believe the Bible is entirely infallible and without error in its original manuscripts. It is the word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and completely sufficient in all matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe in one true God who is Creator and Sovereign over all. He eternally exists in three persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who are equal in every divine perfection yet distinct in role. God is infinite and perfect in power, wisdom, holiness, and love. He is merciful in His dealings with humankind (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 25:6; Matthew 28:19).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was buried. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, His bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father as the Believers’ High Priest and Advocate (Matthew 1:18-20; John 1:1; 1 Peter 2:24).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit, in all He does, glorifies Jesus Christ. He ministers to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit regenerates sinners and indwells every believer in Christ. He illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service (John 14:16; 16:8-10; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9).
We believe that God created humankind in His image. He immutably creates each person as male and female. But when tempted by Satan, Adam sinned. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, separated from God and under His wrath. Only through repentance and trusting Jesus Christ alone can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed (Genesis 1:26; 3:17-19; Romans 5:12).
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139).
We believe that salvation is found in none other than Christ and His completed work. In shedding His blood on the cross, Jesus died the death we deserve because of sin. In rising from the dead, Jesus Christ gives us the abundant, eternal life we could never earn. In turning from our sin and trusting Him alone for salvation, Christ’s righteousness is credited to us and salvation is secured. All of this is by the grace of God alone (Isaiah 53:5; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. Believers must not give up the regular gathering of the local church, consisting of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, service and fellowship (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:25).
We believe that the Lord gave the church two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus as a remembrance of His death until He returns. Both ordinances are to be carried on by the church until Jesus’ return (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe in freedom of worship without interference by any governmental or ecclesiastical authority. While we respect and submit to governing authority, our first and final allegiance is to God (Romans 13:1; Acts 5:29; 1 Timothy 2:2).
We believe in the personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, the establishment of His kingdom, and His eternal reign. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the believer, and the endless suffering of the unbeliever (Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe, based on the whole counsel of Scripture, that marriage is an institution ordained by God from the foundation of the world, and intended as an exclusive, lifelong union of one man and one woman. Sexual activity and/or expression outside of or contrary to this view of marriage is inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).