WHAT WE BELIEVE
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit to write the books of Scripture (2 Pet 1:20-21). The words of the Bible are the absolute authority and primary source for teaching and equipping Christians for a life of righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe there is one eternal, almighty and perfect God (Deut. 6:4), who is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. He is the Ruler of the universe (Gen. 1:1) eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mrk 1:1), in His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23), in His sinless life (Heb. 7:26), in Him being fully God and fully man (1 Tim. 3:16), in His atoning death on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3), in His bodily resurrection on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4), in His exaltation to the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:3), and in His second coming to the earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11; 1 Tim. 6:13-16).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live a godly life (Rom. 8:11). The body of each believer is a temple in which the Holy Spirit is present (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Therefore, every believer must foster a life of being filled with the Spirit, which is both an initial and an ongoing experience for Christians (Eph. 5:18). The Holy Spirit provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right, and spiritual gifts to edify the church (1 Cor. 12:4-11).
We believe that God created humanity in His image and set us apart from all other forms of life (Gen. 1:26). We were created to have fellowship with God, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience (Gen. 3:22-23). As a result, humanity is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by one’s own effort (Rom. 5:12-19). Though now marred by sin, we still bear God’s likeness; therefore all human life is to be protected and treated with dignity and respect at all times (Gal 6:10). Abortion, euthanasia, violence, abuse, oppression, and human trafficking are examples of violation of the sanctity of human life (Gen. 9:6; Matt. 22:37-39).
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross solely provides for the forgiveness of sins (Mrk 10:45). Salvation is received only when a person places his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for one’s acknowledged sin (Acts 2:38). This salvation is not earned but a gift available by the grace of God alone (Eph. 2:8-9).
ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
We believe that all who have repented and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, are to be baptized, at a mature age, by means of full immersion into water, according to the commandment of Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19). Through water baptism believers proclaim to the world their death to sin and resurrection with Christ to new life (Mrk. 16:16).
ABOUT THE SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to mature and develop Christ’s character and the fruits of the Spirit in us (1 Thess. 4:3; Gal. 5:22-23). It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that we are enabled to live a holy life. Our spiritual maturity is exhibited by our love for God and neighbor (Matt. 22:37-39).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is to be done in remembrance of Jesus until He comes again (Matt. 26:26-29). The bread and the fruit of the vine are symbols that represent the body and the blood of Christ. This institution is intended for baptized believers (1 Cor. 11:27-32).
We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a lifelong covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman (Matt. 19:4-6). It is publicly entered into before God and officiated by an ordained pastor (Gen. 2:24; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is universal, a spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, and race (Rev. 5:9; Rom. 12:4-5; Eph. 2:19-22). It is empowered to fulfill the Great Commission, which is to spread the Gospel and manifest the Kingdom of God (Matt. 16:18; Matt. 18:18; Eph. 1:22; Matt. 28:19). Every Christian must belong to a local church for fellowship, service, accountability and spiritual growth (Heb. 10:25; Matt. 18:20).
ABOUT THE SECOND COMING
We believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennial reign, and the final judgement (Mrk 14:62; Rev. 20:1-6). The final judgement will determine the eternal status, either heaven or hell, for all people (Rev. 20:12-15).