What We Believe

The Bible is God's word to us
The Bible was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error (Mark 13:31; Psalms 12:6; 119:105,160; Isaiah 40:8; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5).

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe
He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:13).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again someday (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5,14; 14:10-13; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).

The Holy Spirit is coequal with God and Jesus
He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for salvation through Jesus. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives all believers spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians, we must seek to live under his control daily (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-14; 14:16-17; Acts 2:38; 1:8; 2 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25).

Human beings are made in the image of God to be like him in character
People are the supreme object of God's creation. We were made to know and love God and to reflect his perfect nature. We were made to be holy, just as he is holy; everything that is not holy will be destroyed (Genesis 1:27; 5:1; Psalm 8:3-6; James 3:9; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 2 Peter 3:11-12).

All human beings have sinned
Although every person has a tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates us from God and causes many problems in our lives (Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23).

Salvation is God's gift to us, but we must accept it
We can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works or being religious. Only by trusting in Jesus as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn in faith from a self-ruled life to Jesus and demonstrate that faith through baptism, we are saved (Acts 2:37-39; 4:12; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26).

God continues his ministry of reconciliation through the church
We are the new body of Christ on earth, commissioned to be remade in his image and to duplicate his ministries while he was on earth. Having our character shaped in the image of Christ and being able to participate in God's work are accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit in us. A Christian must be a member of a local body of believers in order to be a faithful follower and servant of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:4-5,12,27; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11).