What we believe

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and complete Word of God. It is the foundation for everything we teach and believe, and the method by which God reveals His heart to mankind. (Matthew 4:4; Matthew 7:24; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Eternal Godhead

We believe that there is only one God, and He manifests Himself in the three persons of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, have always existed and will always exist together, and they are equal in power and perfection. (John 1:1-2; John 10:29-30; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Fall of Man

We believe that all mankind was created in the image of God. But just as Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s instruction, every human since has also sinned, separating them from right relationship with God, and is in need God’s redemption and grace. (Romans 1:20-21; Romans 3:23-24; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

The Plan of Redemption

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away the sins of all mankind. Although He himself did not sin, He took all of our sins upon himself and paid the ultimate price so that we could be forgiven and restored in our relationship with God. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5)

Salvation Through Grace

We believe that salvation cannot be obtained through mere human effort, but is a free gift of God’s grace. Only by putting our faith in the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ can we inherit eternal life. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Repentance and Acceptance

We believe that in order to experience forgiveness, we must confess our sins to God and humbly accept that we are only forgiven because of what He did for us. That repentance is more than just words, but a genuine heart to change and be more like Him. (Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9)

The New Birth

We believe that when we receive salvation through Jesus He makes us whole again in body, soul, mind and spirit. We become a brand new creation, and our old nature and way of life become things of the past. (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5)

Daily Christian Life

We believe that when a person is genuinely saved, it changes not only the things they believe but also the way they live their lives. Our new life in Christ begins with a commitment to follow after Jesus in both action and attitude. (Ephesians 4:22-24; 2 Timothy 2:22; 1 John 2:5-6)

Evangelism

We believe that every believer has a duty and a calling to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with others. The greatest mission Jesus gives us is to reach as many as possible with the message of God’s love and forgiveness. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Tithing and Offerings

We believe that the regular giving of tithes (a tenth) and offerings is a biblical recognition that everything we have belongs to God and we are stewards of it. It is also a powerful expression of unity as believers partner together for the furtherance of the ministry of Jesus. (Malachi 3:10; Acts 4:32; 2 Corinthians 9:7)

Moderation

We believe that Christians should live their lives in moderation and avoid unhealthy extremes of fanaticism. Their commitment to Christ should be passionate and sincere, but their example to others should be balanced and humble, reflecting Christ’s true character and grace. (Philippians 4:5; James 3:17; 1 Peter 3:15)

Church Relationship

We believe that it is important for every believer to join a local church for the sake of mutual encouragement, accountability, and partnership in reaching the lost. That the fullness of God’s grace and purpose is only possible in the context of a community of believers. (Ephesians 3:10-11; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 4:10)

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is an extension of the authority of God, and that civil laws should be honored and obeyed except where they are contrary to the Word of God. Although the church is an agent of change in the world, it is not intended to be a political entity. (Romans 13:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:17)

Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe in the baptism in water by immersion of any person who receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, as an outward proclamation of the work that has taken place in their heart. (Romans 6:4; 1 Peter 3:21)

We also believe in the regular sharing of the bread and the cup, called communion, in remembrance of the fact that our salvation was purchased by, and will forever be dependent on, the loving sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood. (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

We believe that Jesus continues to pour out his Holy Spirit on every believer who seeks Him. Just as we receive the Holy Spirit when we are saved, the overflow of His power promised by Jesus is still available to every believer in the same manner and dimension as in the Bible times. (Mark 1:8; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 2:39)

Divine Healing

We believe that God by very nature is a healing God. That when we come to Him in prayer by faith in Jesus, He is more than able to bring wholeness and healing to our spirit, soul and physical body. (Psalm 103:2-3; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24)

The Spirit-Filled Life

We believe that as we continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit, that our lives will be increasingly led by the Spirit and less by our flesh. The result is a greater understanding of God’s will and direction in our lives. (Romans 8:13-14; Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 1:9)

The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

We believe that the gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit continue to equip believers for the ministry of Jesus in the world, just as they did in the Bible times. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

We also believe that if the Holy Spirit is present in our lives, then there will be genuine evidence of His influence on everything we say and do. (Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 1:10-11)

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that Jesus is coming again to put an end to all evil and injustice in the world and bring his followers to their eternal dwelling place. Though He told us no one would know the exact timing, we understand that He delays only for the sake of those who have still to receive His salvation. (Matthew 24:36; John 14:1-3; 2 Peter 3:9)

Judgment

We believe that when this life is over we will all have a day of accountability as we stand before God and answer for the things we have done in this life. Only by the grace of Jesus Christ and the price that He paid on our behalf will we obtain eternal life. (1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28;)

Heaven

We believe that when a believer dies their spirit immediately goes to be in the presence of God. When Christ returns, all creation will be renewed and we will enjoy the presence of his love and happiness for the rest of eternity. (Philippians 1:23-24; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:4-5)

Hell

We believe that apart from Jesus Christ and the salvation we find in Him, there is no hope for eternal life with God. Separation from the presence of God is the result of a life spent in rejection of His love and His mercy. (Luke 12:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; John 14:6)

In Essentials—Unity
In Non-Essentials—Liberty
In All Things—Charity