We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and that it is the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practices.
We believe that there is only one God who is revealed to us in three ways. God is the Father and Creator, Who is the source of all life, beauty, goodness and truth. God is also revealed as the Son, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, present with God in Creation, Who shows us that God is the loving, gracious redeemer. God is also revealed as the Spirit, the Sustainer of life, Who comforts and counsels us, and unites us into one Body.
We believe that God created humanity in His image, bestowing on people the gifts of life and of responsible freedom, and calling them into communion with Himself. But from the beginning, the human race has misused its freedom and rebelled against the divine Will. God has overcome this rebellion through the reconciling work of the incarnate life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the work of the Holy Spirit in the witness of the Church, God continues to confront all, judging our sin, calling all to repent, and offering all a new life of freedom and wholeness in Christ Jesus.
We believe that Scripture teaches the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously calls, regenerates, and sanctifies the sinner, through the agency of the Holy Spirit; yet so that nothing prevents the salvation of any person except the voluntary and determined rejection of the Gospel.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith. Salvation is a life-long process, beginning with repentance, in which we daily die to self; sharing the sufferings of Christ on behalf of the world; and growing in grace, striving after agape love as shown by Christ on the cross. We believe that Christians are often tempted, and always sinners in need of mercy. While God is ever willing to forgive, and final judgment is His alone, we question the faith of any who persist in sin without remorse or an attempt to change their evil ways. We shall pray for them, seeking to reclaim them for God, yet knowing that the decision for or against Christ is theirs to make in the end.
We believe that the ordinances of the Gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
- Baptism by immersion symbolizes our participation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By baptism, Christians are immersed in the liberating death of Christ, where their sins are buried where “old Adam” is crucified, and where the power of sin is broken. Confession of sins and conversion of heart should come prior to baptism.
- In a similar way, the Lord’s Supper is intended to remind the church of the foundation upon which it rests, for in the Lord’s Supper we depict the mighty acts of God in Christ. The elements of bread and the cup point to the broken body and shed blood of Christ. As visible symbols which reinforce the Gospel preached in words, they remind Christians of the Incarnation, of which the high points were death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation. These events signify God’s deliverance of the Creation from bondage to sin.
We believe that Scripture teaches that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of regenerate believers, associated by covenant in the faith and unity of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ and governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word.
We believe that God must be glorified every day of the week, but that Sunday is a special day of corporate worship.
We believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgment in which the righteous and the unrighteous will both give an accounting of their life before God, and the just will reign with Him forever.