What We Believe

We seek unity in the essential, liberty in the non-essential, and love in all things.

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New testaments to be the inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, infallible and inerrant, God-breathed and the only perfect source for teaching, correcting, and redefining our lives by the light and narrative of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons––Father, Son, and Holy Spirit––coeternal in being, coeternal in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfection. We believe the Trinity to be the perfect representation of community, three persons eternally and perfectly woven together in love and communion. This is not just an abstract theological doctrine, but also the very nature of a loving God whose very being invites us to worship Him and participate in His story.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Person & Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Liberator, the eternal Son of God, who became man without ceasing to be God. We believe he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, so that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe we are redeemed by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, where he willingly offered himself up as a substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his actual, physical resurrection. We believe that Jesus is now exalted, sitting at the right hand of the Father, working as an advocate and intercessor for the Church.

John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24, 8:34; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; Acts 1:9; 10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2

The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Trinity, co-eternal and co-existing with the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is the Lord and giver of life, the one who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit is the agent of supernatural regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling them and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe that Christ did not leave the world alone to struggle in following Him, but rather sent the Holy Spirit as the counselor. The Holy Spirit is always with the church as the immediate manifest presence of God.

John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18

Humanity

We believe that God made man male and female in His own image, as the crown of creation, that we might glorify God by enjoying fellowship with Him. However, through the sin of Adam, man fell, inherited a nature of sin, and became separated from God. Man has an inevitable propensity to sin and by himself is powerless to remedy his alienation from God. We believe that despite mans’ sin, God still loves humanity and that His love was made most profoundly manifest in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, his becoming a man, and in his willingness to die for humanity.

Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God received exclusively through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is God’s reconciliation of man to Himself. It is the atonement for sins made possible by the sacrificial shedding of Jesus’ precious blood on Calvary. There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12, 14:6; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Eternal Security & Assurance of Believers

We believe that all of the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as a license for immorality. We believe that the saved person is in the process of being conformed to the image of Christ, and will bear fruit in his or her own life.

John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 6:1-4, 8:1, 38, 39, 13:13; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15

The Ministry & Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in His working and present ministry, and that God is able to act beyond our understanding and often does. We believe that part of God’s present ministry is bestowing spiritual gifts. It is, however, the responsibility of the believer to develop his/her sovereignly given spiritual gift(s) with help and guidance of a local community of believers. We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ; this is not validated by a particular spiritual gift(s), nor are spiritual gifts indicators of a deep spiritual experience. We believe that God does hear and joyfully answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will. It is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace God has given to him or her.

1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7-8; John 15:7: 1 John 5:14, 15; Romans 12:1-8; 2 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10-11

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the Church is a representation and manifestation of God’s love incarnate, that it is the job of the local Church to live and love as Jesus did and to show all men the glory of Jesus Christ. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined throughout New Testament scripture. We believe in the autonomy of the local Church, that each Church is equipped with the ability and inspiration to most adequately minister to and meet the needs of the people in their local context. We recognize the believers’ baptisms and the Lord’s Supper as the scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age.

Ephesians 1:22, 23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 5:4-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42.

The Second Advent of Christ

We believe in the blessed hope, the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, where He will renew all things in the consummation His Kingdom.

1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:9; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6