Beliefs

There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which Biblically rooted and committed followers of
Christ disagree, and we welcome dialog on many issues related to Christian doctrine. However,
we recognize the importance of having a framework around which we grow in maturity and relate
to one another as a community of believers, and we hold the following essentials to be at the core
of who we are and what we believe:

Scriptures

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Holy Spirit
moved upon the writers of the Old and New Testament and inspired them as they wrote the Words
of God. God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still
speaks today. (II Timothy 3:13-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:89, 105; I Peter 1:23-25; Galatians
1:8-9; Matthew 5:18; Isaiah 40:8)

God

We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father—Creator of all things. By His Word all things were created and through the power
of His Word all things are held together. He sent His Son Jesus to redeem mankind unto Himself.
A relationship with God only comes through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ—is the only begotten Son
of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, and performed
many miracles. He redeemed us by His stoning death through His shed blood, He ascended to
the right hand of the Father, and He will personally return in power and glory. There is no other
name under heaven by which man must be saved. Holy Spirit—inspired the writers of the Bible,
convicts the world of sin, teaches us all things, and brings to our remembrance the Word of God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6-8; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians
12:4-6; John 14:23, 25; I Timothy 6:15-16; I John 5:7)

Man

We believe that mankind is perishing because of sin, which separates him from God. But God
loves all mankind, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should repent. Mankind can only
be saved through a complete commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, being regenerated
by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26, 31; Psalm 8:4-8; Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:1, 12-21; Ephesians
2:8-9; Acts 3:19-21; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Galatians 6:14-15; II Corinthians 5:17)

Holy Spirit

We believe in the present infilling of the Holy Spirit to all believers who desire it. The Holy Spirit’s
ministry to the Church gives power to live, witness, and proclaim the gospel and to make disciples.                             The Holy Spirit gives us power to cultivate a Christ-like character through the Fruit of the Spirit and
to build up and mature the Church through the miraculous gifts and ministries in this present day.
(John 15:8-10; I Corinthians 12:13; John 3:5-6; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:38-39; Luke
11:9-13; Joel 2:28-29; I Corinthians 12, 13, 14; Hebrews 2:4; I Corinthians 12; Romans 12)

The Church

We believe that the local Church is a body of believers brought together by the Holy Spirit as a
visible part of the body of Christ and His Church universal. The Church is responsible to faithfully
proclaim the whole Word of God in fulfilling the Great Commission, properly administer the
sacraments, and humbly submit themselves to discipline, all for the glory of God. (Matthew
28:19-20; Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:22; I Peter 2:5, 9-10; Titus 2:14)

Eternity

We believe that all mankind shall give an account of their deeds in this earthly life before the
judgment seat of Christ. Those with their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be eternally
with God in His glory; those without their names written will be eternally separated from God and
tormented. (I Thessalonians 5:13-17; Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:10-15; II
Corinthians 5:10; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 21:1-4)