We believe in the inspiration of the Bible:
"All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction..." II Timothy 3:16
Inspiration of Scriptures
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe in one God revealed in three coequal, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18)
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)
Divinity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who by His incarnation and virgin birth took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ, there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; I Peter 1:18-19).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29).
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance towards God for sin and a personal heart-felt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20).
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. We believe it is important for all Christians to love and look for Jesus' soon return. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7).
We believe that the church is Christ's spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28).
Heaven and Hell
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the "god of this world". He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God, and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ's victory at the cross. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18).
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe that being filled with the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience to salvation and is available to all Christians to empower us to be witnesses. We believe in and encourage the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, I Corinthians 12).
We believe that believer's water baptism and the Lord's supper are ordinances of the church, and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; 1 Corinthians 10:16-21).
Human Sexuality and Marriage
We believe man and woman were created by God as distinct acts of creation, and that being male and female was an aspect of how they were created in His own image (Genesis 1:27 and 2:7, 18-19). Marriage is the joining of these distinct genders into one flesh. Thus marriage is between one man and one woman. Further, the Bible teaches that while sex within marriage is pure and honorable, sex outside marriage is sinful and will be judged by God (Hebrews 13:4).
The seventh commandment, “You shall not commit adultery,” protects the sexual relationship between a man and woman who are united in marriage by forbidding marital infidelity, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, bestiality, and the use of pornography (Exodus 20:14). Outside biblical marriage, God’s standard for sex is celibacy, saying “no” to both heterosexual and homosexual lusts (Matthew 5:27-30). Celibacy is a gift of God that allows the unmarried to live a life of purity and contentment, so that a person does not have to engage in sex to have a full and satisfying life (1 Corinthians 7:7-9).
Homosexual behavior is sinful and unnatural (Romans 1:24-28). Like other sexual temptations to sin, homosexual lust is highly addictive and difficult to stop. Although God’s grace is sufficient to forgive and cleanse from all sin, that does not guarantee that a “forgiven and cleansed” homosexual will develop heterosexual feelings. Still, he or she may live a celibate life (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that marriage has two essential characteristics. First, God instituted marriage as a natural common grace available to all people, at all times, in all places. It is available not only to Christians, but to all people (Genesis 2:24).
Second, biblical marriage is a lifelong covenant or sacrament between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). Biblical marriage promotes the bearing and rearing of children, enjoyment and exercise of stewardship over creation (Genesis 2:27-28). The essence of a Christian wedding is the Divine blessing of the bride and groom as they exchange vows while God receives the worship of the congregation as they witness those vows and as they offer Him prayer and praise.