We affirm the Bible be the inspired, inerrant, and the only infallible and authoritative Word of God. All sixty-six books of the Bible in the Old and New Testaments, in their original manuscripts, are without error and accurate in all that it affirms. As inspired by God the Holy Spirit the Bible is complete free from error. The words of Scripture concern issues of life and faith before God and are complete in its revelation of His will for salvation.
We affirm that there is one God, eternally existent in three distinct yet equally divine Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Creator of all things, both visible and invisible. He is holy, just and perfect. This one, true God is infinitely perfect in both His love and holiness.
We affirm the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. The second member of the Trinity, He exists as one person with two distinct natures, full divine (God incarnate) and fully human. Conceived through the Holy Spirit He was born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into Heaven. We affirm that by His incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute so that, in Him, we might become the righteousness of God. By His resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by His Father, broke the power of death and defeated satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all who repent and put their faith in Him. We affirm the personal return of Jesus to receive His bride, the Church.
Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-4; John 1:14; John 8:58; John 10:15; John 14:6; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:4; Romans 5:8; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:19-22; Colossians 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Timothy 2:5; Titus 2:11-15; Hebrews 2:14-15; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24
We affirm the Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son; the third person of the Trinity. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. By His powerful and mysterious work, He regenerates spiritually dead sinners and enables them to live a godly life, to understand the Scriptures, and to worship Jesus Christ. In Him, believers are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, in that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. The Holy Spirit is Himself the down payment of the promised inheritance and, in this age, indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believer for Christlike living and service.
We affirm that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image and exist to glorify God. Through Adam’s one act of disobedience mankind’s intended fellowship with God was forfeited incurring the penalty of spiritual and physical death. Now all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of our being (physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention.
We affirm that salvation of lost and sinful people is wholly carried out by God’s grace based on the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross and is in no way contributed to or accomplished by the merit or work of the individual. Those who repent and place their trust in Jesus as the provision for their sinful condition are declared righteous by God. We affirm that by His obedience and death, Jesus fully discharged the debt of all who are justified by grace through faith. We affirm that by His sacrifice, Jesus bore in our place, the punishment that was due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. To those who place their faith in Christ alone and trust Him alone for their acceptance with God, the perfect obedience of Christ is credited, and they are justified by grace before the Father. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer and, as a result, bears fruit (personal and public obedience) in keeping with the internal transformation that has taken place. God supplies grace for the follower of Christ to grow in obedience and Christlikeness. While Christians are made holy in a definitive sense at conversion, it still remains for them to grow in holiness.
Matthew 3:8; Matthew 7:17-23; Matthew 18:3; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:46-47; John 1:12-13; John 3:3; John 3:14-15; John 3:36; John 16:8-11; Acts 3:19; Acts 11:18; Acts 20:21; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 3:28-30; Romans 4:5; Romans 5:1; Romans 5:9; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 8:9; Romans 8:33; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Philippians 3:9; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Peter 1:18-19
We affirm that God’s new covenant people have been saved into the Church, His bride. The universal church is comprised of all Christians, everywhere. The Church is the body of Christ and is distinguished by the gospel message, biblical ordinances, godly discipline, her mission, her love for God, her member’s love for one another and her love for the lost. The Church serves as a symbol of God’s kingdom when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self. We affirm it is the mandate of the whole church to go into the world and preach the gospel to every person.
We affirm that Jesus Christ will return for His church in a moment only known to God. At His coming, He will exercise His role as final Judge. We affirm that all people, the just and unjust, will be physically resurrected—the unjust to judgement and everlasting torment in Hell and the just to everlasting blessedness in the presence of Him who sits on the throne. Christ will establish His kingdom and God will ultimately provide a new heaven and a new earth where
the redeemed of God will dwell in peace forever and everything will be to the praise of His glorious grace.
Daniel 12:2; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:31-34; John 5:22; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Acts 24:15; Romans 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21