1. There is only one true God who has been revealed in three persons…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This tri-union is often referred to as the Holy Trinity.
2. Jesus Christ is God’s Messiah and our Lord and King. He is God’s Son and was both human and divine.
3. The Holy Spirit is God and is the Spirit Who indwells all true believers in Jesus Christ.
4. The Scriptures are inspired (God-breathed) by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
5. Though originally created good, man willingly sinned against God’s commandment. This single act of disobedience (sin) ushered both evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
6. Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, lived, died a cruel death on a cross, was buried and resurrected on the third day. On this cross, He took the punishment for the sins of all mankind in His body. This redeeming act provides for “salvation” to all who will believe.
7. Because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, every person can have restored fellowship with God through this salvation by accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness for their sins.
8. There are two ordinances prescribed by the Holy Scriptures:
A. Water baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and
B. Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
9. Sanctification initially occurs at salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but is also a progressive, lifelong process of separation from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ-like.
10. The Church has been given a mission to seek and to save all who are lost in sin.
The Church is the body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout the ages, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son, Jesus Christ.
The church has a divine mandate to teach its members the things that Jesus taught. (second half of the great commission – Matt 28:20)
Furthermore, it is the church’s responsibility to train and equip the saints so that they grow from spiritual childhood into full adulthood, able and ready to serve their Lord in His mission to the world.
The church has divine mandates to love God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind and to love their neighbor as they love themselves. (Mark 12:30-31)
11. With reference to the End Times, we believe:
A. In the Blessed Hope, that moment in time (which is unknown to all) when Jesus raptures His church prior to His return to earth. At this future moment in time, all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who are alive at this time will be caught up into the air with them to be with the Lord Jesus Christ forever.
B. In the Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming. At this coming, He will defeat His enemies at Armageddon and establish His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign (kingdom) will bring salvation to the nation of Israel and the establishment of peace throughout the world.
C. A final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ at what is known as “The Great White Throne Judgment. These will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
D. We believe in and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Following His millennial reign on earth and final defeat of all of His enemies, we will live and dwell with Him there forever.