I believe the Bible, both old and new testaments, is the divinely revealed and inspired word of God. It is without error in all of its teachings and incapable of leading people into spiritual error when clearly understood through the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit. I believe the canon is the finality of God’s written revelation to us and is to be our final authority for faith and life.
I believe there is only one true God who is the living almighty creator and sustainer of the universe and all that it contains. I believe he is eternally existent in three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are one in essence and attributes, but who are distinct in their work and purpose. I believe he created everything for his glory and that all of creation is subject to his sovereign will.
I believe the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary and that he is the Son of God, the second person of the trinity, fully God and fully man. I believe he has always existed without sin, in absolute perfection, and that he died on the cross to suffer God’s punishment of sin in the place of sinners. I believe he rose bodily, from the dead to conquer sin and death once for all. I believe he alone has made it possible for humans to come into a right relationship with God.
I believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity and that he is God in every respect as are the other members of the trinity. I believe he is active today convicting people of sin and indwelling the believer for the purpose of enabling a life pleasing to the Lord.
I believe Satan is a real personality who is wholly evil in character and totally opposed to God and God’s people. I believe he is the master deceiver and that he will do all he can to hinder the gospel of Christ. I believe that while he possesses great power and abilities, he is subject at all times to the boundaries of God’s sovereign will.
I believe humans are a special creation of God and uniquely different from any of God’s other creations in that we alone are created in the “image of God.” I believe we were created for the purpose of fellowship with God, that we fell into sin and, therefore, incurred for ourselves and our posterity, not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God). I believe apart from the saving work of Jesus; we are destined for an eternity of separation from God.
I believe sin is any lack of conformity to the character of God and may be committed internally or externally. I believe all human beings are born with a sin nature and, as a result, can do nothing good or right, in and of themselves, in relation to the righteousness of God. I believe apart from the saving work of Jesus and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, we will be eternally mastered by sin and its consequences.
I believe Jesus Christ voluntarily died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and all who believe in him are justified through his death, burial, and resurrection. I believe salvation is not by works, but by grace alone, through faith, as a gift from God. I believe all who receive Jesus become children of God and are eternally saved.
I believe there is one church which exists in two manifestations: the universal Church and the local church. I believe the local church consists of a company of believers who have voluntarily come together by the leading of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of fellowship, prayer, worship, instruction, and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. I believe the essence of the church’s ministry is to be that of service to the glory of Christ.
I believe in the literal and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ, to claim his bride, the church. I believe the return of Jesus will be personal in character, bodily in form, visible to many, unexpected, triumphant and glorious. Upon this consummation of history, Jesus will issue the final judgment where he will sentence the evil and wicked to punishment while the faithful and righteous will be rewarded.