We believe it is vital that God’s people be joined together by mutual love for Christ and full submission to His Lordship, but not necessarily in uniformity or agreement on all doctrinal issues. We value diversity and see it as an essential element of true unity. We strive to follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction to avoid foolish arguments that produce quarrels (2 Tim. 2:23). However, we recognize that there are essential Bible doctrines upon which faith itself must be grounded. These are such doctrines as are evident in the Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and other historical confessions of orthodox Christianity. We believe the following to be such and we stand firm on this declaration of our beliefs.
The Scriptures–-The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
God–There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: A Trinity of Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Although their eternal relationship is inscrutable, there is no priority or superiority between the three persons. Each person of the Godhead is equally worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience.
Jesus Christ–Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, he lived a sinless life. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit–The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower believers to be conformed to the “Image” of God’s Holy Son.
Man–Man was created in the image of God, rebelled against his Creator, and thereby incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all are sinners and share in the common consequences of sin. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Salvation–The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith in the finished work at Calvary are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
The Return of Jesus Christ–The personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to claim His Holy Bride, the Church, is our hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
Satan— We believe in the existence of Satan, the enemy of God, and in the reality of spiritual warfare; and that the One who is in us is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world.
Future Events–There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
Sacraments—We believe in the signs of the New Covenant of Grace, given by our Lord, namely Baptism and Communion.
The Church–The true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head. Our role, like His, is to manifest the Father in word and deed.
The Great Commission—We believe the explicit message and mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all the nations. During His post-resurrection ministry Christ gave two particular commands. First in Matthew 28, Jesus commands us to “Go and Make Disciples of All the Nations”. Secondly, just before His Ascension, in Acts 1:8 we are called to be witnesses to “the remotest parts of the earth.” The greatest responsibility and privilege of the church is to serve as ambassadors and witnesses for Christ.