The Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, alone is the inspired word of God without error in the original writings. Its authority is above all others, unchangeable and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any way. The Bible declares God’s love and His will for the salvation of all people. It is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof. The Bible is and always will be completely relevant to our everyday lives.
Psalms 119:11, Isaiah 40:8, John 17:17, Romans 15:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, Hebrews 4:12
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35, Isaiah 9:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:8-10, James 2:19
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate and faithful to His people and His promises.
Exodus 3:14, Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26, 14:1; Acts 17:28, Romans 3:3-4
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the trinity. He was with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, suffered and sacrificed his life by dying on the cross for mankind, and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father and will return again in power and glory. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with the Father.
Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, 53; Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 14:33, 16:16, 28:5-6; Luke 24:46-47, John 1:1, 14, 10:30, 11:25-27, 17:1-5, 20:28; Acts 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 8:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21, Galatians 4:4-5, Colossians 1:15, 2:9; Philippians 2:5-11, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16
The Holy Spirit
The ministry of the Holy Spirit was active in the Old Testament and given to the church in fullness at Pentecost. The Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Jesus Christ. He convicts people of their sin, regenerates the believing sinner, indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service.
Genesis 1:2, Numbers 27:18, Judges 14:6, Psalm 51:11, 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3, Joel 2:28-32, Mark 1:10, Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12; John 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 2 Peter 1:21, Revelation 22:17
Sin entered the world through man’s disobedience to God, therefore we are all born with a sinful nature. Every person has made their own choice to sin and is therefore separated from God because of their own unrighteousness. The penalty of sin is eternal death in hell. Salvation was made possible through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross, his death and resurrection from the dead. Through the shedding of his blood, payment for our wrongdoings was made and forgiveness of sin was made available to all. Jesus defeated sin and death forever by rising from the dead, enabling everyone who believes to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. Each person must therefore confess that they have sinned and have not lived a perfect life. Regeneration of the spirit and salvation come to every person who confesses their sins to God, believes in their heart that Jesus’ blood is the only sufficient payment for their sins and that Jesus rose from the dead. When Jesus rose from the dead he defeated sin and death forever. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Isaiah 1:18, 53:5-6, 55:7; Matthew 1:21, 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69, 2:28-32; John 1:12, 1:29, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24; Acts 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18, 3:10-12, 3:23-25; 5:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Galatians 2:20, 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:12-13, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:24-28, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5, 5:9, 3:20
Water baptism is to be the first step of obedience to God after salvation for all believers. Water baptism is a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us. It symbolizes the believer’s faith in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. As they are immersed in water, they are identifying themselves with Jesus’ death and burial. They are showing everyone that they have died themselves and that their sins are washed away. When they are raised out of the water they are symbolically resurrected—raised to a new life in Christ.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 16:31-33, 22:16; Romans 6:3-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 2:12
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower every believer in the church to first and foremost preach the gospel throughout the whole earth. A person receives the Holy Spirit when they receive Jesus as their Savior. However, as demonstrated in numerous accounts throughout the New Testament, a believer must be baptized in the Holy Spirit to accept the full measure of His work and be completely activated in their life. Believers may receive the Holy Spirit by faith based on the truth of Scripture and the desire of their heart to accept the promise of God. To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, simply approach God in an attitude of faith, asking Him to fill you with His Spirit. With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, a more active love for Christ, for his word and for the lost; speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, a greater consecration to God and an increased desire to make a difference with your lives.
Joel 2:28-29, Matthew 3:11, Mark 16:17, Luke 11:13, John 7:37-39, Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 42-43, 4:8, 8:14-17, 10:38, 10:44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The Bible’s lists of gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
Hebrews 2:4, Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10
There are two branches of the church—universal and local. The universal church consists of everyone around the world who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The local church is a community of believers who gather together. God has called each believer to be an active participant in a local church family. The local church, led by pastoral leadership, is to equip every believer in their church to fulfill the great commission and work of the ministry. The church is to be a place where believers can be healed, where they can grow in knowledge and wisdom, and where they can be empowered to fulfill the purpose of God for their lives.
Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20; John 17:20-23, Acts 2:42, 9:31; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:11-12; Hebrews 10:24-25, 12:23; Colossians 3:16
Communion is a remembrance and proclamation of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Jesus himself instituted communion to the church when he ate “The Lord’s Supper” with his disciples. Communion is for believers to assemble together in community, to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and to examine their hearts for unconfessed sin. There is no actual power in the elements. The bread and wine (or juice) are used as a touch point for the participant to remember in thanksgiving for the breaking of his body and the shedding of his blood.
Isaiah 53:5, John 6:35, 48-51; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
The Return of Jesus Christ and Resurrection of the Dead
We believe Jesus will return to earth personally and visibly according to the promises in Scripture. His return will establish His absolute governmental rule and authority on the earth. Christians are exhorted to be watchful and obedient until His return with great anticipation, while obediently pursuing the mandate of the Great Commission. There will be a resurrection of everyone who has lived. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the believers and the nonbelievers. Those who knew Jesus as their Savior will live with God forever, and those who rejected Jesus will live in eternal conscious punishment.
1 Samuel 2:6, Job 14:14, 19:25-27; Psalm 16:9-10, Daniel 12:2, Hosea 13:14, John 5:29, 6:39, 11:23-24; Acts 4:2, 24:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:4-6