We believe that God reveals Himself through creation, redemptive history, Jesus Christ, and Scripture. In addition, we believe that Scripture is inerrant and our final authority for life and faith (Psalm 19:1-6; Acts 17:22-31; Rom. 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; and Hebrews 1:1-2).
We believe that God is one being who is holy, perfect, just, infinite, unchangeable, all-knowing, wise, sovereign, good, kind, powerful, gracious, and loving who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even though they exist as three persons, they are all fully divine and of the same essence (2 Samuel 22:31; 1 Kings 8:27; Job 12:13; Psalm 145:9; Ezekiel 39:7; Daniel 4:35; Malachi 3:6; Romans 2:4, 5:8-9; 1 Corinthians 6:14; Titus 2:11; 1 John 3:20, and 4:7-8).
- The Father sustains all things (1 Corinthians 8:6).
- It is through the mediating Son whom God creates, rules, and redeems the world (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 3:7; Colossians 1:15-20; and Hebrews 1:3)
- The Spirit effects the work of salvation and transformation in believers, and therefore brings glory to both the Son and the Father (John 14:16-17).
We believe that the first humans, Adam and Eve, were created in the very image of God. Thus, making them the pinnacle of all creation. Hence, all humans after them are also created in God’s image, making every human’s life of significant value and worth.
Even though the first humans were the crown of all creation, they chose to willfully disobey God’s direct command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil after being deceived by the serpent, Satan. As a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, their relationship with God was severed, since God is Holy and cannot be in communion with sin. In addition, the rest of creation was affected by the disobedience when sin, destruction, and death entered in. Since then, every human being is born alienated from God and spiritually dead in their sin (Gen. 1:26-31, 2:15-17, 3:1-7, 3:16-19; Acts 17:26-28; Rom. 3:10, 5:12, 6:23).
We believe that in spite of humanity’s sinful state, God had a plan to redeem humanity from the curse of sin and death through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary as a human. Yet even in His humanity, He is still God. He lived a sinless life, and then paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. He was buried and then rose from the dead signifying His power over Satan, sin, and death. Having risen from the dead, He appeared to many, followed by His ascension into heaven where He is now sitting at the right hand of the Father while continuously interceding on our behalf (Matt. 1:18; Luke 24; John 1:1, 14; 2 Cor. 5:21; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; and Hebrews 10:11-12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit has been sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. In addition, He also creates spiritual new birth in those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. When that happens, the Holy Spirit indwells the new believer and seals them as a guarantee of their inheritance in heaven. Once the Spirit indwells a believer, He transforms them throughout their lives to become more like Christ. He does this by guiding, directing, convicting, comforting, etc. The Holy Spirit also gifts each believer with spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ (John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; and Ephesians 1;13-14).
We believe that if anyone confesses with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believes in their heart that He was raised from the dead, they will be saved through faith. The moment we come to faith in Christ, we are then made right before God. Not based on anything we have done. Rather it’s because of what Christ has done on our behalf. As a result, we are adopted into God’s family where we are given an inheritance, and we get to experience union with Christ since He lives in us and all that belongs to Christ now belongs to us (Romans 10:9-13; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:4-5, and 2:1-9).
We believe that the Church is the bride of Christ, and consists of all those who have or who will confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. One of the main purposes of the church is to worship God and to show Christ to the world. This can happen through the preaching of the Word, prayer, participating in the sacraments, church discipline, pastoral care, evangelism, intentional discipleship that will multiply, worship, sharing of testimonies, hospitality, etc. (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 5:21-33; and Colossians 1:18).
The End Times:
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to destroy Satan, sin, and death once and for all. There will then be a judgment where those who didn’t believe in Christ as their Savior will spend an eternity in hell separated from God. As for those who did believe in Christ, they will get to spend eternity in communion with the Trinity and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in the New Heaven and New Earth where there will be no sin, pain, or death (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:7-15; 21:1-8).