He is the Creator and sustainer of all things, who created the universe in love to respond to Himself. He created man in His own image for fellowship, and calls man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and the fall of man.
We believe in the bodily, personal, second coming of Jesus, the resurrection of the Saints, the Millennium, and the final judgement. This judgement will ultimately reveal the eternal status of both the saints and unbelievers, determined by their relationship with Jesus. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the New Heavens and New Earth.
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man's redemption He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and henceforth He is forever one Christ with two natures, God and Man, in one Person.
He is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament, and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness. He imparts the life of Christ to the believer through the new birth experience and works to conform the believer to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit in the life of the believer.
Comprised of the Old and New Testaments, the Bible is the only infallible, Holy Spirit inspired Word of God and its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. It is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance and godliness and practical Christian conduct. Only the revelation and operation of the Holy Spirit does the Word become alive and effective in our lives. The Bible is the standard for our relational and experiential knowledge of God. Any personal ministry or prophecy must be in accord with the Bible, or if not, must be considered false.
Christ's vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, and inaugurated the New Covenant in His blood, for those who receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. His atoning sacrifice makes available healing of the body, soul, and spirit when appropriated by His saints.
Salvation is a free gift of God received through faith, based completely on the accomplished and finished work of Christ's death and resurrection. It occurs when a person confesses and accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, resulting in being born again. The new birth is described as being united with Christ in His death and resurrection so that we pass from death to life, and become a new creation in Christ. The results of salvation include justification, reconciliation, regeneration, righteousness, and sanctification.
While joyful and fulfilling, the Christian life includes trials, tests and warfare against a spiritual enemy who takes advantage of our flesh to lure us into sinful behavior and independence from God. Victory over these trials, tests and attacks is provided to us through our faith in Christ's finished work on the cross that redeems us from the power of the enemy.
The goal of the church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The church is governed by the office of Elder as mentioned in Scripture. It is essential to the life of the church that scriptural patterns of discipline be practiced and that oversight for church discipline, individual and corporate, be exercised by the leadership of the church.
The Bible establishes in the Church two perpetual commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, water baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual's life, and is the testimony to all, that the person belongs now to Jesus. It is the identification with Jesus and is effected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Communion is the commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again, and is a sign of our participation in Him. Both institutions are reserved for believers.