Our beliefs are key themes that emerge from the big story of the Bible. This big story is how God rescues lost humanity and is centered around His Son, Jesus Christ, and is known as the Gospel, which means “good news.” Notice that each section of our beliefs is clearly linked into the big story of the Gospel.
We believe in one God eternally existing in a loving unity (Jn. 17:5, 24) of three equally divine Persons (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19) This is commonly called the Trinity. God created all things (Gen. 1:1) culminating in the creation of humans in His image (Gen. 1:26-28. The love and grace of the Triune God is the origin of the Gospel (Eph. 1:1-14).
We believe in God the Father, one in nature but distinct in Person from the Son and Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17). Being reconciled with the Father is the goal of the Gospel (Jn. 14:6).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son (Jn. 1:1). He took on flesh, becoming one Person in two natures, fully God and fully man (Jn. 1:14; Col. 2:9-10). Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is the message of the Gospel.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; Heb. 3:7-11). He indwells each believer in Christ (Rom. 8:9), and empowers believers to apply the gospel.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and the supreme and final authority for faith and life (Ps. 19:7-14; 2 Tim. 3:15-17). The central theme of the Bible is story of the Gospel, God’s eternal plan to redeem and restore His fallen creation (Eph. 1:4-5).
Human Sexuality — We believe God created human beings in His image, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27). He created marriage between one man and one woman as the place where sexuality is to be practiced, both for procreation and for bonding in the closest human relationship (Genesis 2:23-25; Proverbs 5:15-20; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4). Any sexual expression outside the boundaries of monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful, outside God’s good design. Human sexuality and marriage is intended as an illustration of the relationship with Christ and His church through the gospel (Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 19:7-9).
We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, Humans must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex — including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary “genderqueer” acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sexual sins are not a special category of unpardonable sins. Anybody is vulnerable to sexual sin of the body, mind and heart (Galatians 5:19). We must not treat those who struggle with their sexuality in an unloving manner, but demonstrate gospel love as we share Christ with them and be their greatest champions in their attempts to bring their lives in line with God’s perfect and good design.
Sanctity of Human Life — We believe that God has set apart human life as unique and valuable, in His image (Genesis 1:27; 5:1; James 3:9; Psalm 8), and commanded that it be preserved and protected from conception until death (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13). Scripture supports the idea that life begins at conception, assuming a continuity of life from before birth to after birth (Genesis 25:22-26; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:15). Because of this we oppose both abortion and euthanasia as the taking of human life. We oppose all forms of human trafficking, racism, exploitation, slavery, violence, greed, selfishness, oppression, and any other attitude, activity, or relationship that degrades humans, and denies them the dignity which they were created in the image of God to enjoy. The gospel demonstrates the preciousness of human life in that Jesus came and died for the human race (John 3:16).
We believe that salvation is by grace alone (Eph. 2:8-9), and occurs when a person places his faith in the Gospel (Rom. 1:16-17), the death and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-6), as the only way to be made right with God (1 Tim. 2:5-6). The Gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes.
We believe that the church consists of all true believers (1 Cor. 12:13; 4:3-7), the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4), of which He is the Head (Eph. 1:22-23). All who are the church should join together with a particular local assembly (Heb. 10:19-25) The church exemplifies the Gospel to the world.
We believe in the personal, glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7). Christ’s Second Coming is the realization of the hope of the Gospel.
We believe that Christians should live as The Father’s beloved children (Eph. 5:1-2) by abiding in Christ, (John 15:5) and being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). By growing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-23), we fulfill God command to love Him supremely while loving others sacrificially (Mark 12:30-31). In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people (Matt. 28:19), bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed (Matt. 5:14-16).
We believe that God desires everyone everywhere (Acts 20:20) to believe the gospel (John 6:29) by turning to Him in repentance (Luke 24:47) and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12). Every person has an eternal destination, the believer to blessedness and joy in the Lord, the unbeliever to condemnation. Each individual is responsible for their personal response to the Gospel.