We believe the LORD God, as revealed in the Bible, is the one and only living and true God. (Gen 1 and 2; Deut 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-12; Psalm 135:5; Ex 3:14; Eph 4:6).
God reveals Himself to us in the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each equal in His nature, essence, and being, yet each possessing distinct personal characteristics suitable to His person and work (Matt 28:19; John 14: 9-10, 26, 16: 12-15, 17:11; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2).
He is Creator and sustainer of all things, visible and invisible, physical and spiritual. (Gen 1; Heb 11:3; Psalm 104; Col 1:16-17; Rom 1: 20).
God has a purpose and plan for all things in heaven and on earth which will be accomplished according to His eternal decrees for His glory. (Isaiah 46:10-13; Eph 1:3-5,11, 2:10; Matt 24:35).
We believe the Holy Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. It is completely sufficient concerning all matters of belief and living (Prov 30:5; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Deut 8:18; Heb 4:12; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
Nothing is to be added to or taken away from the Scriptures in any way, such as new revelation or traditions of men. (Deut 12:32; Rev 22:18-19; Gal 1:8).
We believe that, in the beginning, all God’s creation, including mankind, was good. Mankind, male and female, were righteous, walking closely with God. Mankind fell from that position of fellowship with God into disgrace, deserving condemnation to Hell, through sin. Everyone has inherited this sinful nature and are spiritually dead in their sin. (Gen 1, 2 and 3; Rom 3:l0-12, 5:12-21, 8:6-8; Eph 2:1-5).
And this is the gospel, that Jesus Christ, being fully God and fully man, was sent by the Father and came willingly to be the only mediator between God and man. He was the Son of God, born of a virgin, and He lived a perfect life of obedience to His Father, observing all His commands and fulfilling all His purposes. In doing so, He revealed to mankind the glory, mercy, grace, and truth of God, teaching mankind the new way of life (Heb 1:1-3; John 1:14; Acts 2:36; 1 Tim 2:5; Luke 1:26-28; 1 Peter 2:21-22; John 17:4; Col 1:15-19).
Jesus Christ gave up His life by death on the cross at the hands of sinful men according to God’s sovereign purpose. Christ, being without sin, did this in order to pay God’s just penalty for sin on behalf of those who have been redeemed by the Father through their faith in Christ as Savior. Christ then rose bodily from the dead, removing the power of the curse of death from His people forever. After ascending into heaven, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father. He intercedes with the Father on behalf of His people, enabling them to live in greater obedience to Himself and therefore increasingly to reflect His image (John 3:16, 10:11-18, 14:6; Acts 2:23, 36; Rom 3:23-26; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 1 Cor 15:54-58).
After the ascension of Christ into heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to make the Savior known. The Holy Spirit works in God’s people by making them spiritually alive, enabling them to live abundantly and freely receive the gift of eternal life, which are available through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Acts 1:8-9; John 16:7-13; Eph 1:18-21, 2:4-8; Rom 3:21-26; Heb 7:24-25).
All who respond by faith to the gospel are adopted as children of God and are declared righteous before God. They are reconciled to God through the forgiveness of their sins by Christ’s atoning death on their behalf. Thus reconciled, believers have passed from judgment, wrath, and death to life (Rom 3:21-26, 5:9-11, 6:23; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).
Man’s Response to God’s Grace
Growth in conformity to the image and likeness of God by obedience is a vital and necessary part of the life of the believer. Thus believers will grow increasingly in the grace of God, turn from their sin, and follow Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18, 5:17; Eph 4:11-13; Rom 6:1-2, 11-14; 2 Peter 3:18).
As followers of Christ, we have been commissioned to spread the good news of salvation through Christ and to teach obedience to God’s commandments. We also have been re-created to do the good works that He has ordained for us. We demonstrate our faith in and commitment to Christ by acting justly, showing mercy, and helping the poor and oppressed. In so doing with our hearts filled with love, we fulfill Christ’s commandment that we love our fellow human beings, just as He loved us (Matt 28: 18-20; Eph 2:10; James 1:27, 2:14-26; Micah 6:8; Jerem 22:15-16; Isaiah 61:1-9; Psalm 146:6-9; Luke 4:17-21; John 13:34; 1 Cor 13:2-3).