We believe the Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant written Word in the whole and in the parts, and our standard, not only where it speaks of matters of faith and practice, but also where it touches on matters of interest to science, history, and government.
We believe there is one triune God eternally manifested in the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Creator, Redeemer, and the Sovereign Ruler of creation. He is the author of truth, love, and faith.
The Father sovereignly governs His creation and human history by His wise and holy providence. He is all-powerful, all-loving, all-wise, and righteous in all His ways and just in all His works. He demonstrates His fatherly love for all who become His children through Jesus Christ by caring for them, providing for them, instructing them, and disciplining them. His purpose is to prepare a family of redeemed people on the earth to show forth His glory.
Jesus Christ is God the Son – the second person of the Trinity. He is eternally the uncreated Word of God. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was God incarnate; He perfectly revealed and did the will of the Father. He took upon Himself human nature and identified fully with humanity, yet remained without sin. He honored the Divine will and law by His obedience and through His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of all who would believe in Him. He was raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the father, where He is the One Mediator, effecting the reconciliation between God and man, and providing access to the Father for the believer.
The Father has established Him as Lord over all things and has appointed Him as Judge of the world. He is the head of the Church. He will return in power and glory at the end of the present age to judge the world, to reign with His people, and to complete His redemptive mission by establishing in full measure the Kingdom and Reign of God. He will then return to the Father the government of all things, so that “God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:20-28)
He presently dwells in all believers through the Person of the Holy Spirit as the living and ever-present Lord. He is Heir of all things. He was and is the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King, representing God to humanity, humanity to God and being fully entitled to reign as King.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He calls people to Jesus and effects regeneration. He inspired the authors of Scripture and has superintended both the recording and transmission of the Scripture. He grants revelation to men and women, enables them to understand and obey the truth, and illuminates and quickens God’s Word to them. He comforts, teaches, and guides God’s people and empowers them to obey God, to cultivate Christ-like character, and to be witnesses to Jesus Christ. There are many experiences which are valid encounters with God, the Holy Spirit. “Baptism in the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, anointed with the Holy Spirit” are among those Scriptural terms used to describe such encounters with the Holy Spirit. These experiences should produce greater commitment to God’s will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church. We further believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or abilities greater than our own to accomplish God’s will. These gifts include miraculous healings, revelations, and utterances. These gifts ought to be operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character.
We believe man is a triune person (spirit, soul & body), created in the image of God as the crowning work of His creation. Man stood in unique relationship with his Creator and was commissioned to rule the earth under God’s headship. Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God; thus, all his descendants inherit both a nature and an environment twisted by sin. Because of sin, man is separated from God and is without hope of reconciling himself to a just and holy God through any of his own efforts. Only the grace of God can restore man to his original calling: to live in fellowship with God and to fulfill the purposes for which he was created.
We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is available only in and through Jesus Christ. It is offered to all people and is appropriated and experienced by those who respond in faith to God’s call to submit to His Son as Lord and Savior. Jesus, through the shedding of His blood, obtained eternal redemption for those who through faith believe in Him. This faith is a gift from God and is preceded by the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, who enables a person to repent of his sin and self-determination. The Scriptural evidence that one has repented and put his faith in Jesus Christ includes public confession, baptism in water, and the reception of the Holy Spirit. The gift of righteousness enables the believer to live a life of obedience to God’s will, as revealed in His Word, to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and to cultivate and maintain right relationships.
We believe God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. That is, He has made promises to those who respond to His love by committing their lives to Him. His promise of forgiveness and eternal life begins the moment one commits himself to Him. (From His sovereign perspective He knows those who are His.) He is the source of life and all necessary provision to the one believing. This provision, including both spiritual and natural resources, is available in abundance.
We believe in the priesthood of the believer. By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has become the believer’s High Priest and has made it possible for each Christian to have free access to the presence of the Father. In His presence, each one can come to know God and to receive from Him. Each Christian, likewise, is responsible to come to the Father in confidence and faith as a priest unto Him under the New Covenant, and there to minister both the worship of his lips and the worship of his life sacrificially presented to God.
We believe the Church is symbolized in the family unit which God ordained. We see the foundation of marriage as the covenant between one biologically born man and one biologically born woman. We believe marriage is more than partnership — it is union through self-denial. We believe in marriage as an expression of covenant love, and that procreation and the rearing of children should take place in the context of covenant love. We believe the ministry of the Church is to strengthen the family in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the peace and harmony of God’s divine order for the home. We strongly oppose divorce and see it as the breaking of covenant. We do not sanction it and only allow it when one spouse violates covenant through infidelity or when the unbelieving spouse violates covenant with a believer through desertion. The act of divorce is not to be taken until all steps of forgiveness and reconciliation have failed to restore the covenant. Then we believe the faithful person is free. While we oppose divorce, we are nevertheless committed to minister God’s redeeming grace to those who are its victims. We believe that divorce is a sin as any other sin. Just as redeemed believers are not precluded from service unto the Lord and his Church, neither are those redeemed from the sin of divorce.