WHAT WE BELIEVE
ONE GOD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM,
There is but one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere-present Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit— who is the creator and sustainer of all things. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 1 Timothy 2:5)
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. He is God incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; yet human. He lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was bodily resurrected and is now mediator at the right hand of the Father. He is assuredly coming in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of men.
(John 1:1, 14; Titus 2:11-14)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. He sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides and comforts the believers.
(John 16:7,8, 12-15)
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Salvation is a free gift from God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. It is the result of genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to the penitent, makes him a partaker of the divine nature and gives peace with God. We call this new birth.
(Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
We believe in the invisible and universal Church as a living representation of God. It is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living Head and sovereign Lord. These members of God the Father's eternal family are reconciled to one another and united by the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The true Church is manifest in local churches.
(Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24).
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe the Christian ordinances are two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe they are outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in each church, not as a means of salvation, but as a visible sign and seal of its reality. Baptism is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. he Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him.
(Acts 8:36; 1 Corinthians 11:24-34)