We believe the Bible is the very word of God to us. Even though we can know certain truths about God through creation (General Revelation), it is only through Scripture (Special Revelation) that we can know God personally and the way of salvation made possible through Jesus’s death and resurrection.
The Bible is the authority by which we are to live our lives. Without God revealing Himself to us through His Word, we are left to simply guess about who He is and what He desires from us. The Bible is complete and lacks nothing; therefore, there is nothing more to add to what God has revealed to us in His Word.
We believe in its inerrancy and infallibility. Inerrancy points to the fact that the Bible doesn’t contradict itself but tells the truth in all it says. Seeing that it’s ‘God-breathed’, we can be confident that it can be trusted. Infallibility simply means that the Bible cannot lead us astray in matters of faith and practice. There are many today who would affirm the infallibility of the Bible, but not it’s inerrancy. We believe the Bible is both. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God, yet there is one God. God is the creator of all things and He holds all things together. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:16)
Jesus is fully man and fully God. Though He has eternally existed with God the Father, He took on flesh at the appointed time and became the perfect, sinless substitute for our sin. It is only by trusting in Jesus’s total, complete, and final work on the cross that any of us can be made right with God. He is the one and only mediator between sinful man and His Creator. (John 1:1-29, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-15)
The Holy Spirit has an active role in our lives as pertaining to salvation (both our justification and our sanctification). It’s only by the Holy Spirit that any of us are made aware of our need for a Savior. Having been born sinful, we must be born again in order to be saved; this born again work is a work of the Holy Spirit. Once we are saved, the Holy Spirit empowers us to live lives pleasing to God. Jesus rightfully called Him our ‘Helper’. He also gifts us so that we are able to contribute to His mission of making disciples in the world through the local church. (John 3:5-8, 14:25; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, 12:4-11)
We believe the Bible teaches God is three-persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three are fully God, yet there is one God. Though the Bible never uses the term Trinity, it clearly teaches these truths about God. The persons of the Trinity are each fully God and function with distinct roles. The work of God in salvation is a good example: God the Father planned our salvation, Jesus the Son was sent to accomplish it by dying on the cross; while God the Holy Spirit applies our salvation and empowers us to live a life that is pleasing to God. (Matthew 28:18-19; 1 Peter 1:2)
The Bible teaches that God created man (male and female) in His own image. Though they were created equally valuable, they were always meant to live and function with distinct roles. As a result of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we are all left in a state of total sinfulness and separated from God. There is nothing we can ever do in and of ourselves that can restore us to a right relationship with God. Even our best works on our best day still fall short. Left to ourselves we deserve death and hell. Fortunately, God didn’t leave us to ourselves. Instead, He made a way of forgiveness through Jesus. By His finished work on the cross and through His resurrection, we can find forgiveness of sin and complete reconciliation to God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23, 4:25, 6:23)
Sin is not simply bad behavior. Instead, our bad behavior is the result of our sin. Sin is living, thinking, and acting independent of God. The Bible teaches that because of Adam’s sin in the garden, we are all born guilty of sin and with a sinful nature. Therefore, the solution to sin is not better behavior. The solution is more radical. Seeing that there is nothing good in us, God had to make another way to deal with our sin. This is why He sent Jesus. Jesus became our sin so that we could become God’s righteousness. He stepped in, took our place, and became our substitute. He made the way of forgiveness by becoming the way. And it’s only by identifying with His death that any of us can be freed from sin. (Romans 3:9-18, 5:12-19, 6; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
We believe salvation (i.e. justification) is a work of God. Though we must respond to the message of the Gospel, it is God the Holy Spirit who must first make us aware of our need. Scripture teaches that prior to salvation, we are ‘dead in our sin’. Yet God demonstrates mercy by ‘making us alive’. We believe God is completely sovereign over salvation; however, we believe the Bible also teaches that we are held accountable for our decision to either accept Jesus or reject Him. Only God knows those who are His; therefore, we are responsible to faithfully and generously share our faith. (Romans 8:29-30, 10:14-17; Ephesians 2:1-4)
We believe that sanctification is the process of becoming more like Jesus. Though God accepts us, loves us, and meets us right where we are, we don’t believe He is content to leave us that way. Whereas we are saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus, becoming like Him requires our obedience and participation. We are to respond to God so that the Holy Spirit can do His transforming work. (Romans 8:29-30; Galatians 5:16-26)
We believe that the same God who saves us will also keep us. If it were possible for us to earn our salvation, then it would also be possible for us to lose our salvation. Yet Scripture is clear that what God has started in us, He will complete. There is nothing that will ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. (John 10:28; Romans 8:29-30, 8:38-39).
We believe the Church consists of all who have trusted Jesus Christ for their salvation in this present age. Though the Church is made up of many members, it is one body under the headship of Jesus Christ. We believe the Church began at Pentecost, is distinct from Israel, and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. It’s also the Holy Spirit who gifts each member of the church for the purpose of fulfilling God’s mission in the world. When gathered, the Church exalts Jesus, receives teaching from God’s Word, experiences biblical community with other believers, as well as celebrates the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. When scattered, we take the life-changing message of the Gospel to the world. (Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-13, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2, 12:13, 10:32; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20)
We believe in the personal, imminent, physical return of Jesus for His church. As followers of Jesus, we are to live in the present expecting He could return at any moment. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6).
Marriage & Sexuality
We believe marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman committed for life. We believe this is God’s design and we are committed to upholding it. We also believe any deviation (cohabitation, homosexuality, polygamy, etc.) from this original design is sin. We believe divorce is the result of hardness of heart. Therefore, even though God allows for divorce in certain cases, we will always encourage couples to fight for their marriage.
We believe God created human beings in His own image as male and female. Therefore, God has assigned our gender at birth. We also believe that the fall into sin has affected each of us. Everything about us has been devastated by sin, including our sexuality. Therefore, whether people’s sexual sin (promiscuity, homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.) is the product of choice, environment, or any other source, it’s all the result of sin and not what God has intended. We believe we’re called to love those who struggle with sexual identity and/or a specific sexual sin since we’re all sinners saved by God’s grace through Jesus. We believe the Gospel can reach, redeem, and restore anyone, no matter their sin. Therefore, we are to follow Jesus’s example by being full of both grace and truth as we engage our culture with the hope of the Gospel. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:24-25; 3:1-24; 5;1-2; 9:6; Mt. 19:1-9; Jn. 1:17-18; Rom. 1:18-27; 3:10-18, 23; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 7:1-16)
In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity!