Beliefs

BELIEFS

God

God is an eternal person who reveals Himself to us as a Holy Trinity. God is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person has distinct personal attributes yet abides in complete unity. God is a Trinity in unity.

— Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Acts 5:3-4, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:6, Hebrews 1:8

Deity and Lordship of Christ

Christ’s deity is revealed by His names. He is God, Son of God, Lord, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Before time began Christ was already in existence with God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Christ is fully man, fully God and is an equal person of the Trinity. He is a God-Man. All authority has been given to Christ over Heaven and Earth as Lord, and He is seated at the right hand of God. His authority is far above all spiritual forces. He is Lord over all.

— Matthew 16:16, 22:43-45, 26:61-64a, 28:18-19; Mark 16:19; John 1:1-3, 14-15, 10:30, 13:13-14, 14:23; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6-11; Ephesians 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:8; Revelation 19:16

Mankind

Mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. By free choice mankind disobeyed God, and as a result became separated from Him unto death. Mankind, now corrupted with a sin nature has no hope for reconciliation apart from Jesus Christ.

— Genesis 1:27, 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-12,23, 5:8,6:23; Acts 4:12

Plan of Salvation

Salvation is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained or secured by meritorious works. It is freely given to all who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. All who trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins and are born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the believer. It is this grace and keeping power of God that provides the eternal security of the Christian. Salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

— John 1:12, 29, 10:28-29; 17:17; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 5:1, 6:23, 10:9-10, 13; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ephesians 1:7, 13, 2:8-9, Colossians 1:13-14; II Timothy 1:12; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 1:3-5

Bible

The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God and is the revelation to man. God is therefore the author of all scriptures. It is without any mixture of error. All scripture is a true and trustworthy testimony to Christ who is the focus of divine revelation.

— Exodus 24:4, John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21

Church

The church is the spiritual body of Christ, which includes all believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The church as a whole is comprised of local congregations who regularly gather together for Christ centered worship, prayer, study of the Word, fellowship and evangelism. Followers of Christ observe the two ordinances of Christ — baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Its purpose is to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing and teaching them to obey God. Its scriptural offices are pastors and deacons.

— Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-47, 6:3-6, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12-13,27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-4

• Christian’s Responsibility to Others

The Christian is to live a Spirit-filled life and proclaim the Gospel to all people without reserve of color, race or current lifestyle. We are to serve others as Christ modeled servanthood. We are to serve fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and to help others. We are to uphold righteousness in a lost world. Christians are to love as Christ loves us. Each Christian is to use his/her spiritual gifts to serve.

— Matthew 20:28, 28:19-20; John 13:3-17, 13:34-35; Ephesians 5:18-19; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 1 Timothy 6:11-12; 1 Peter 4:10