WE BELIEVE God has revealed himself as He wishes to be known (John 1:18; Romans 1:19). We believe in one eternal, sovereign God, creator of all (Genesis 1:1-31; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2) and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1).
GOD THE FATHER
WE BELIEVE in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6). The Father is the Designer of the work of redemption (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 53:10; John 14:6; Ephesians 1:3). It is by the grace of the Father that all our earthly needs are met (Matthew 6:26, 30, 32).
GOD THE SON, JESUS
WE BELIEVE that the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ and promised messiah, is the second person of the trinity (John 1:18, 14:22; Colossians 2:15, 19; Jude 4) - fully human and fully divine. Eternal life is only possible by receiving, in faith, Jesus' death and resurrection as atonement for your sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 8:32; 1 John 4:10).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is equally God with the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17). The Holy Spirit is at work in the act of creation (Genesis 1:2, 2:7; Psalm 140:30), inspiration (1 Samuel 11:6; Acts 2:4), equipping for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Hebrews 2:4), convicting of sin (John 16:7-11; Galatians 5:16), and generates faith (Malachi 3:17; Romans 8:15).
SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
WE TEACH the absolute sovereignty of the triune God over all things. God's sovereignty is affirmed in the act of creation (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 32:17; Acts 4:24), it sets Him apart from all other possible gods (Deuteronomy 3:24; 2 Samuel 7:22), it gives him authority over governments and kingdoms (Daniel 4:17, 7:14), and it is exercised in the salvation and judgement of individuals (Psalm 68:20; Romans 9:16, 18).
WE TEACH that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by God, to be our rule of faith and practice (Numbers 12:6; 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Scripture is clear and sufficient in itself for accomplishing it's ultimate goal: the glory of God and the salvation of those whom God calls to himself (Deuteronomy 29:29, 30:11-14; 1 John 2:20; 2 Timothy 3:15).
HUMAN BEINGS & SIN
WE TEACH that all human beings are created in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27). Human beings were created to be in relationship with God and each other (Genesis 2:18, 3:8-9). Although initially created perfect and without sin, the Fall has tarnished our perfection making us guilty of sin from conception on (Genesis 3:1-19; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 1:3). Our sinful nature has left us totally incapable of doing good apart from the working of the Spirit (Jeremiah 13:23; Job 15:14; Romans 8:7-8).
WE TEACH that salvation is only possible by the grace of God, and granted to a person on the basis of faith in Jesus (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). Because salvation is an act of grace, it is a gift that God gives to us, not something we can earn (Romans 3:28, 4:2-3; 2 Timothy 1:9). We agree with the Reformed doctrines of election and predestination in that God first chooses who will be saved, the Holy Spirit then convicts that person of their need and softens them to the Gospel (Romans 9:13-16; Ephesians 1:4-13; Titus 3:4-7). All people receive eternal life; those who believe will spend eternity in God's presence in heaven, those who do not believe will experience an eternity of separation from God known as hell (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46).
BAPTISM & COMMUNION
WE TEACH that we have been given two sacraments: baptism and communion (Acts 1:8; Luke 22:19-20). These are called "sacraments" - not "ordinances" - because we believe that in each act, God is coming to us, therefore making baptism and communion "acts of grace." We understand baptism to be a New Testament extension of the Old Testament covenantal practice of circumcision, and therefore baptize the children of believing parents and new believers (Genesis 17:7-13; Matthew 19:14; 1 Corinthians 7:14; Colossians 2:11-12). We understand communion to be a remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion and an invitation to approach and receive the blessings of the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). While commanded in Scripture and central to Christian practice, we do not believe that participation and practice of the sacraments is necessary for salvation; albeit, one's faith will compel them to participate as often as possible according the patterns presented in Scripture (Acts 2:42).
LAST THINGS & THE KINGDOM OF GOD
WE TEACH the amillennial view of last things, in which the “millennium,” as spoken of in Scripture, is symbolic of the period between Pentecost and the second coming of Jesus. Since his ascension, Jesus has ruled physically in heaven and spiritually over the lives of believers through the Holy Spirit, which resides in the hearts of all believers (Luke 17:20-21; Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 4:20, 15:50). We affirm the bodily, physical return of Jesus at some point in the future (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:7, 22:7, 12, 20). At that time he will establish his throne upon the earth and all things will be made new - a new heaven and new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Daniel 2:44; Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 21:1-5)!