What We Believe
There is one triune God. – Our God exists in Three Persons: the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of the universe and exists eternally. All three persons
of the Godhead are equal in authority but differ in function in redemption.
The Bible is God’s Word. – The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind
divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely
true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.
People are created in God’s image. – Human beings are created by God to bear
His image. They are the crowning work of His creation worthy of love, dignity, and
respect regardless of matters like age, race, gender, or class.
People are in need of redemption. – Because of the Fall, the image of God in people
is distorted but not lost. All people have disobeyed God willfully through sin; thus inheriting
both physical and spiritual death and the need for redemption. All human beings are born
with a sin nature because of their solidarity with Adam and into an environment inclined
toward sin. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.
Jesus is both Lord and Christ. – Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He was born
of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, was raised
from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return.
Jesus is the only way of salvation. – Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the
only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief, or person can reconcile
God and man. He alone can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.
Salvation is by faith alone. – Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus
Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal
life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit
through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of Christ’s
life, death and resurrection, not on the basis of human works. All the redeemed are
secured in Christ forever.
The Church is Christ’s body. – The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their
faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head.
Jesus Christ will return. – God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time
and in His own way. At that time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to
the earth. Christ will judge both the saved and unsaved. Those who have trusted Christ will
receive a glorified body and dwell forever with the Lord. Those who have not trusted in
Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.