GOD – We believe God is a Good God and IS the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists, eternally, in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although difficult to comprehend, the Bible is clear that God is One yet exists in three distinctive personalities, co-equal and co-eternal.
JESUS – We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He is both fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life on earth and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead as foretold in Scripture to demonstrate His power over death and sin. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to bring judgment and ultimately rule as King and Lord over those who follow Him.
HOLY SPIRIT – We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Triune God and present in the world to make men aware of their need for a Savior, Jesus. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of becoming a Christian and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding for applying spiritual truth, and guidance in making God-honoring decisions. He also equips believers with spiritual gifts to use for building and serving the church.
BIBLE. We believe the Bible is God’s word to us. It was penned by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the words of the Bible are truth from God without any mixture of error. They are the supreme source of truth for Christian belief as well as God’s guidance for daily living.
MAN. We believe people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although we have tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by attitudes and actions of disobedience toward God which are called “sin.” It is “sin” that separates us from God and causes many problems in life. It also prevents people from having an intimate relationship with God as well as from having eternal life without the help of God Himself.
SALVATION. We believe salvation is God’s free gift to man but it must be received. We can never make up for or do enough good to do away with our sin. Self-improvement and good works (even religious works) can never restore us to sinlessness. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death can we be forgiven of our sins. This “trust in Christ” isn’t merely an intellectual acknowledgment of His life and death on earth. It is a turning from self-rule to Christ-rule. Only then is the relationship with God restored and our eternity in heaven is assured. Since salvation is a gift from God accomplished solely by the work of Jesus Christ, we believe the keeping of that salvation is also secure in His power and grace.
ETERNITY. We believe people were created to Exist Forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through the forgiveness and salvation offered to us through God’s Son, Jesus. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven and eternal life. We also believe the Bible teaches heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.