1. The Scriptures. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be inspired by the Holy Spirit in the original writings. They are complete and the final authority for our salvation, life and faith. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12).
2. God. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing as One in three distinct persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Ephesians 2:18)
3. Man. We believe man was created in the image of God but fell into sin. In our natural state humankind is therefore lost, undone, without hope, and without God. Only by grace through a new birth by the power of the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23).
4. Divinity and Humanity of Christ. We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In the one person of Christ there are two natures, each in its own completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 4:12; 1 Peter 1:18-23).
5. Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. We believe Jesus Christ died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (Luke 24:38-47; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:6-8).
6. Salvation. We believe the requirement of our salvation is repentance toward God for sin and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His shed blood and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation. Thus, we are born again of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20).
7. Second Coming. We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His bride. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16).
8. Eternity. We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord which is heaven, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment which is hell. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:1-4; 20:11-15).
9. Evil. We believe Satan is a fallen, created being who is the “god of this world.” He and his organized company of the demonic, work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, he and his demonic forces have been defeated and overthrown by Christ’s victory on the cross. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18).
10. The Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, is active in the church today. The Spirit indwells and seals each believer at the new birth. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a tacit experience of God for all Christians to empower them to be witnesses of the Kingdom of God. We believe in and encourage the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (john 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4).
11. Marriage & Human Sexuality. We believe that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. For the purposes of this Statement of Faith, a man is defined as a “male” on his birth certificate and a woman is defined as a “female” on her birth certificate. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:21-25; 5:1-2; Mark 10:2- 12; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-11; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Timothy 3:2, 3:12; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Malachi 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5; 7:10-16; Hebrews 13:4; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:24-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Jude 1:7).