- Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
- In essentials, unity, in opinions liberty; and in all things love.
- We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.
The following are a set of key biblical essentials that provide a theological framework for our faith community under the authority of Christ and His Word and to advance our communicating the gospel to the world.
We believe in one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1,4,8,9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 14:9; Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our one and only Savior (John 1:14; 1 John 4:9; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18) who was both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19; John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9, 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:26-38, 1 Peter 1:22) who suffered and was crucified (Luke 23:1-46), who died and was buried, and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44-24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8), who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9, Colossians 3:1), and who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is a personal and active part of the triune God (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26,27), and who indwells every Christian (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14).
We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word. We believe God inspired the original writings of the Scripture, and therefore the Bible is completely trustworthy in all parts (Mark 12:36, John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We
accept the Bible as the final authority of all matter of faith and practice (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe that people created by God willfully sin against God and are consequentially lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23).
We believe that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—cannot be earned, but is given to us only through the blood of Jesus Christ and by God’s grace (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:1-11; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 10:19-22; I Peter 1:18, 19; 1 John 1:7).
We believe that we must respond to God by:
- Admitting our sin and our need for God’s grace (Romans 3:23, Titus 3:3-7)
- Believing and confessing the truth about Jesus (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9,10)
- Turning away from sin (repenting—Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30).
- Trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:11-13, Philippians 2:11)
- Being obedient in baptism (immersed) into Christ (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-4)
We believe in the church of Jesus Christ’s universal church, consisting of all Christians everywhere (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47; Ephesians 1:22,23)
We believe in the church’s mission: making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ commands (Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that marriage is only between a man and woman. (Matthew 19)