We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and base our faith and teaching on that belief. The truth of God’s Word is the basis for unity within the church, and is the supreme authority by which everything in His creation is measured.
God used human authors to record His Word, but the sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation are exactly what He wanted written. There are many things God has not told us, and some things that He has told us that we may never completely understand, but His Word as given is all that we need, and we take what He has told us at face value and live accordingly.
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God who created everything that was made just as He describes in Genesis. The Bible teaches He exists as three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each person is fully God, but works in different ways in complete unity with the others.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, equal with the Father and the Spirit. He is fully God, and yet took on human form, miraculously conceived and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and gave His own life as a perfect sacrifice for us. By rising from the dead, He proved that death and sin had no power over Him and that He can deliver us from death and sin. He is alive and will return some day for His children and to make all things right.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, equal with the Father and the Son. He moved the human authors of the Bible to write, testifies to it’s truthfulness, and directs people’s attention to Jesus.
He is active in our salvation from beginning to end, and lives within each true believer giving them the power to live in a way that pleases God.
He gives gifts to each believer to serve Jesus Christ through His body, the church, but some of those gifts were given only for use while God was laying the foundation of the church. When the written Word of God was completed, these sign gifts were no longer needed or exercised.
Each of us are born in sin and, apart from God’s intervention, would live out our lives in pride and rebellion against God’s authority. There is no amount of good that we can ever do to satisfy God’s perfect standard of justice. The only end possible is to pay the ultimate price for sin — death and eternal separation from God in a place of punishment called hell.
But in all of this, God loved us and chose to send Jesus Christ to take our punishment and die in our place. By accepting what Jesus did for us by faith, and trusting in Him, God has given us the power to become His children.
Salvation is a work of God from beginning to end, and those that believe are kept secure by Him. In this life believers will still struggle with sin, but God will work in each of them throughout their life making them more like Christ, and less like the world. The ultimate end for the believer is complete freedom from the power and presence of sin when we are with Him in Heaven.
The church is not a building, nor is it a human organization — it is people, all those who have believed in Jesus Christ and accepted His free gift of salvation. One of the word pictures God uses for the church is “the body of Christ” — with Jesus Christ being the head and each believer having an important role in the body.
A local church is a local collection of believers who have organized themselves according the pattern laid out in the New Testament. It has the office of pastor (who is also called an elder or bishop) and deacon, and is responsible to perform baptisms and hold communion. Each local church is responsible directly to Christ as its head, and although many local churches fellowship together, no organization or person sits between the local church and Christ.