The Holy Scriptures are the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, and "all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible God's authoritative and special revelation to us, and we believe it possesses all we need for life and godliness in Jesus Christ. We believe the words of Scripture were given to the individual human writers by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but that does not imply straight dictation. God's inspiration worked alongside the individual writing styles and cultural contexts of the writers of Scripture. This explains the various writing techniques and genres we have represented in the Scriptures. With regard to everything the Bible addresses: it does so truthfully and therefore without error. (Psalm 18:30, Proverbs 30:5, John 17:17, Romans 3:4) The Bible is essential for having God's full revelation and therefore knowing the way to Salvation through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Romans 10:17)
The Triune God
There is one God, Sovereign, eternal, and existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God is One. He has no competition or equal. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Exodus 15:11, Isaiah 45:5-6, James 2:19)
God is Sovereign. He is in control of all things, and that there is no one with more power than Himself. (Psalm 115:3, Acts 4:24, Romans 14:11, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 6:10)
God is an eternal being, with no beginning and with no end. God has no creator and is the Creator of all things. (Deuteronomy 33:27, Romans 16:26,)
Although God is One, He exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Godhead being fully God. (Genesis 1:26-27, Matthew 28:18-20)
The Godhead live eternally in perfect community and have no needs to be met by any person. (John 17:10, 22, Acts 17:25)
God The Father
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By his word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world from nothing. Through the same Word He daily sustains all his creatures. He rules over all and is the only Sovereign. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him, and in His unfathomable grace gave his Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind's redemption. He made man for fellowship with Himself, and intended that all creation should live to the praise of his glory.
Jesus Christ, God the Son
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He is the Lord and Savior of the world through His death and Resurrection. Jesus Christ is the only one a person may turn to for salvation and forgiveness of their sins.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead, became, through His incarnation, fully man while remaining fully God. (John 1:1, Philippians 2:6, 1 Timothy 2:5, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 4:2-3)
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. This event was the catalyst by which the second member of the Trinity became fully human. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-25, Luke 1:34-38, Galatians 4:4-5)
Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. He is the only One a person may turn to for forgiveness of sin. (John 14:6, Acts 2:22-24, Romans 5:6-9, Titus 2:11-14)
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and is in no way less than the Father and the Son.
The Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, preserves, convicts, and sanctifies all true believers in Christ. He is the empowerment of the Church to accomplish the work of God in the world.
Adam and Eve were created by God as pure, sinless, and morally upright people (Genesis 1:31) but when Satan deceived them, they turned their backs on God to pursue their own desires and fell into sin (Genesis 3). Adam served as the representative for all humanity and because of his disobedience, all humanity after him are not merely sinners by what they do but all are sinners in their very nature (Romans 5:12-13, Ephesians 2:1-3).
Salvation is completely a work of God. We were dead in our sins, but God made us alive in Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-4). Salvation comes only through calling upon Jesus Christ as Savior and trusting in Him to take away your guilt (Col. 2:14) and the wrath of God that is upon us all (Rom. 5:9). Mankind is only able to respond to God in faith by His grace and effectual call.
God, by his Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling sinful people out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ's Body. By the same Word and Spirit, he guides and preserves that new redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church universal is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully doing His will on the earth. This involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in all the world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the Church is the making of disciples through the preaching of the gospel. When God transforms human nature, this then becomes the chief means of society's transformation. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church, in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord's Supper, and prayer. All members of the Church universal are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context they are called to walk out the New Covenant as the people of God, and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the church (including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ's body that it might mature and grow. Through the gift ministries, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of ministry.
The ordinances are acts which the Church performs regularly in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. The two ordinances given to the church were Communion and Baptism. These two acts were performed regularly in the early church and continue to be performed today out of obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthews 28:18-20, Acts 2:41-42, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 11:23-27)
The Consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ's kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the Consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with him forever. Married to Christ as his Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.