12 CORE BELIEFS

THAT DEFINE US



GOD

We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22

Psalm 90:2
Matthew 28:19
1 Peter 1:2,11
2 Corinthians 13:14

JESUS

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sinners by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. 

Isaiah 9:6
Matthew 1:22,23
John 1:1-5, 14:10-30
Acts 1:9-11
Romans 1:3,4
1 Corinthians 15:3,4
1 Timothy 6:14,15
Titus 2:13 
Hebrews 4:14,15

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He
provides the Christian with power for living godly, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

John 16:7-13, 14:16,17
Acts 1:8
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16
2 Corinthians 3:17
Galatians 5:25
Ephesians 1:13

HUMANITY

We believe that mankind was
created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but through Adam’s disobedience, the entire human race was
separated from God. As a result, mankind is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort.

Genesis 1:27, 9:6
Psalm 51:5, 58:3

Romans 2:2-5

Romans 5:12, 3:23
Ephesians 2:1

Ephesians 2:8-9


SALVATION

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, the only means to salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutional death and resurrection.

John 3:16
Acts 4:12, 13:38-39, 16:31
Romans 4:4-5, 5:1
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Ephesians 2:8-9

Ephesians 1:4-5

THE BIBLE

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of evil for its matter. Therefore, all scripture is totally true and
trustworthy.

2 Timothy 3:16

2 Peter 1:21

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

We believe that every Christian is called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. Service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service.

John 14:1-3

Acts 1:8
1st Corinthians 3:12-17
1 Peter 1:15-16

ETERNITY

We believe that mankind was
created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

Matthew 25:31-46
John 3:16

Romans 6:23
1 John 2:25

1 John 5:11-13
1 John 5:11-12

Revelation 20:15


ETERNAL SECURITY

We believe that because God gives mankind eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in their salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.

John 10:29

Ephesians 1:4-5
2 Timothy 1:12

Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14

1 Peter 1:3-5

THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.


1 Corinthians 12:4-13,27

Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:24-30

BAPTISM & LORD'S SUPPER

We believe that the Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. Baptism by immersion best captures the Biblical symbolism of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20

Mark 16:15-16

Acts 8:12,36-38, 9:18, 10:47
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

THE FAMILY

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework of intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25
Ephesians 5:22-33