Doctrine

What We Believe

Triune God

We believe God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one-in-three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23, 14:10, 16; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:8-10; James 2:19.)

God the Father

We believe God is great: He is all powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust and holy above all. It is in Him we live, move and exist. God is good: he is our Father. He is loving, compassionate and faithful to his people and promises. (Ex. 3:14; Num. 23:19; Lev. 11:44-45, 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Mal. 3:6; John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26, 14:1; Acts 17:28; Rom. 3:3-4.)

God the Son

We believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, completely human, but at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for reconciling people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life so he could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in his resurrection so we could have life. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; I Cor. 15:3-4; II Cor. 5: 17-21; I Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15.)

God the Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, spiritual gifts and guidance in doing what is right. A Christian will seek to live under His control daily. (John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; II Cor. 3:17, 14:16-17;Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13, 5:18.)

Man

Sanctification

We believe Man, both male and female, is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although God designed man to have fellowship with him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom. 3:23; Col. 1:21.)

We believe the Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in us as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Though indwelling sin remains a reality, as we the Holy Spirit leads us, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keeping his commands. The spiritual disciplines, especially Bible study, prayer, worship and confession, are vital parts in encouraging the sanctification process in our lives. (Rom. 15:16, Eph. 5:26; 1 Thess. 4:1,  5:23; 1 Peter 1:2.)

The Bible

Eternal Life

We believe the Bible is God’s Word, the gospel, to all men. Human authors wrote it under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living and is still relevant to the Christian walk today. (Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Prov. 30:5; II Tim. 1:13, 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21.)

We believe Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 36; Rom. 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Rev. 20:15.)

Salvation

We believe salvation is a gift from God to man, as the plan to reconcile creation back unto himself. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (John 1:12, 14:6; Rom. 5:1, 6:23; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.)