God the Creator
We believe in one eternal God, manifest in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-3, 18; 15:26; 17:11, 21)
We believe all things were created and continue to be sustained by God. (Genesis 1; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3)
We believe the Bible, in its entirety, to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected; that He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father, and is true God and true man. He is the only mediator between God and man, and He accomplished man’s redemption through His sacrificial death on the cross (Luke 1:30-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 8, 9; Romans 2:8-10)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine attributes of the Father and Son. He baptizes all believers into Christ’s body, the church, at the moment of conversion. The Holy Spirit indwells, instructs, and empowers all believers, giving various gifts for the purpose of equipping the saints and building up the body of Christ. (Luke 12:12; Acts 2:33, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-12; Galatians 5:18-25)
We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal joy of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost. We believe that the free gift of eternal life is bestowed on every repentant sinner who trusts in the finished work of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. (John 3:14-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 2 Corinthians 5:10, 14, 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15)
Deity of Jesus Christ
The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23), His sinless life (Heb. 7:26), His miracles (Acts 10:38), His vicarious and atoning death (II Cor. 5:21), His bodily resurrection (I Cor. 15:4), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Phil. 2:9-11), and His personal return to this earth in power and glory (I Thess. 4:15-18).
Salvation by Grace
The only means of being cleansed from sin is through grace and faith in the completed work of Christ of His death, burial, and resurrection. (Rom. 10:13 15; Titus 2:11; Eph. 2:8).
Holy Spirit's Initiation
Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (Eph. 4:24; Rom. 8:16; I Cor.12:3; Jer.3:5).
The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (Isa 53:3,4; Matt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
Baptisim with the Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all believers, according to Acts 2:4, and the full expression of the gifts of the Spirit is operable in believers through faith.
Believers are postionally and legally right with God through faith in Christ. The sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit indwelling the Christian provides emotional healing and maturity through a process (Rom. 12:1-2; I Thess. 5:23; I Peter 1:15-16).
The church is the eternal purpose of God and serves as the instrument to spread the kingdom of God through out the earth by the preaching of the gospel and the transformation of the nations. We embrace all five gifts of Ephesians 4:11 as being active and operative in the Church today. We believe through Christ the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham is realized in the new creation made up of both Jews and Gentiles as one new body (Eph 2:11-22; 3;11; Gal 3:7-9; 3:16; 5:15-16).
We believe the kingdom of God is active in the earth today and continues to increase to fill the whole earth until Christ literally and physically returns for a mature church. We believe there will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost when Christ returns, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation (Rev. 20:11-15; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
The mission of all believers
We believe that the discipling of the nations, the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, involves both personal evangelism and the addressing of whole cultures and nations as represented clearly in the word of God, both Old and New Testaments. We believe the redemptive work of Christ can change men’s God-ordained institutions of government and culture even as it changes the hearts of men and women. (Genesis 1:26-28; Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20)
The coming age
We do not believe Jesus Christ is coming back to a perfect world, but rather He is coming back to join His bride (the church) who has prepared herself to rule with Him. (Revelation 19:7). We believe that Christ’s finished work on the cross over sin, and His bodily resurrection by the power of God, is a complete victory. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal catching away of the saints at Christ’s second coming. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:17) We believe God’s sovereign rule and Kingdom ever was, now is, and is yet to come fully. (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:24)
Statements Of The Kingdom
The Separation of Church and State
We believe in the explicit separation of church government and civil government, but that it is impossible to actually separate spiritual and moral-ethical precepts from public law, since all law is "religious" in that it seeks to reward "good" behavior and punish "wrong" behavior.
We believe that the conscience of an individual should be shaped by God’s Word under the ministry of the Holy Spirit but that in matters of faith no person can be “converted” by human force or social coercion.
The Separation of Powers
We believe in the biblical origin of separated spheres of government for mankind and that self-government; family government; ecclesiastical government; commercial government; and civil government all carry specific responsibilities and limitations designed to prevent the tyranny of one sphere of government usurping authority over the other.
The Place of God’s Law in Society
We believe God’s Old Testament laws are fulfilled in Christ, yet we also recognize that within those laws as they apply to social life and culture, are principles and values which carry God’s heart for justice and mercy in a fallen world.
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of parents to shape the values and education of their children, with the voluntary aide of tutors of the parents choice, and that each generation should learn from the wisdom and vision of the past generation as it creatively builds upon their foundations.
Issues of The Church’s Social Responsibility
The Centrality of God’s Kingdom Reign
We believe that the gospel of the Kingdom of God is the centering point of Christ’s message to the world and that all doctrine relates back into this central message of reconciling all of creation to God’s original intent.
Christ's Return to Fulfill God's Kingdom Reign
We believe God’s Kingdom has always been, now is, and is yet to be fulfilled in its entirety by Christ when He returns.
Man's Partnership with God
We believe Christ’s Holy Spirit works through man to achieve God's plans for His creation, and that man apart from God, can do nothing of eternal significance.
The Church and Culture
We believe that Christ came to both determine the future of mankind in eternity and to boldly influence all dimensions of human culture in every generation prior to eternity. We also believe that the quest for social justice and creativity is inseparable from "faith demonstrated with works" in our quest for spiritual obedience and growth personally.
"Dominion" and Voluntary Submission
We believe that in the New Testament age in which we now live, God's "cultural mandate" of Genesis 1:26-28 requires a voluntary submission of mankind to Christ"s Lordship, which the church is called to both model and preach in the "discipling the nations."