God the Trinity
We believe that God is eternal, having always existed. We believe that God is the Creator of the heavens and earth, and that He created mankind (male and female) in His own image. We believe that God is one God yet He eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (a concept more simplistically referred to as the Trinity).
We believe that mankind is fallen and sinful and the image of God in mankind marred as a result. (Sin is any act or intention that stands contrary to God’s revealed will or His character and nature.)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to redeem mankind from sin and fully restore in them the image of God. We believe that Christ is God in the flesh (having eternally existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit), that He was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. We believe that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and shedding of His sinless blood for humanity is the cornerstone of our salvation. We believe that His bodily resurrection from the dead is our guarantee of eternal life.
We believe that the redemption and salvation purchased for humanity through Jesus Christ is obtained and granted solely by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that no act of goodness or morality, nor any religious act, can earn an individual’s redemption or salvation. We believe that through faith and grace alone, God washes our sins away by the blood of Christ and grants us forgiveness and eternal life. We believe that repentance (intentionally turning away from sin) is evidence of genuine faith.
We believe that the Holy Spirit of God is given to each believer in Jesus Christ. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit detailed in scripture are active today, and that each believer received various spiritual gifts according to the will of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is an agent of regeneration in the believer’s life. We believe He affects real and lasting change in each true believer by empowering and leading them toward godliness and the imitation of Christ.
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ. We believe Christ will return for His people – the church (both the dead and those still living when He returns). We believe that God will judge the earth and bring all things to justice. We believe that those who reject faith in Christ will be judged for their sins and separated from God forever in Hell, a place of eternal punishment. We believe that those who received Christ will not be judged for their sins, but rather for the overall quality of their lives and work. They will spend eternity with God in Heaven.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. We believe it is infallible, unchanging, eternal and trustworthy. We believe it is God’s standard and the plumb line of all truth. Any statement, action or mindset that stands in contradiction to God’s Word, either in part or in whole, we reject as false.