What We Believe
Tenants of Faith
The One True God
There is but one living and true God, the eternal Spirit. The one true God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love; the maker of all things, both visible and invisible. With Christians throughout the ages, we affirm the eternal unity of God in three persons, of one substance, power and eternity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We affirm that the Father is the source of creation, the giver of life, and God of the universe.
The Lord Jesus Christ
We affirm that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. In Him the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is fully God in every respect, possessing all the powers and prerogatives of the sovereign God. He is also fully human, possessing all the capacities of human life. With Christians throughout history, we affirm that He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit.As a ministering Servant, He lived a sinless life, suffered and died for our sins on the Cross. He was buried, raised from the dead by His Father, ascended into heaven to be with His Father. Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, gives gifts to the church, and by Him all people will be judged. He shall return to the earth to establish an eternal Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit
We affirm that the Holy Spirit proceeds from and is one with God the Father and God the Son. He convinces the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He leads people to respond to the Gospel and into the fellowship of the church. He regenerates, indwells, comforts, empowers and leads God’s people into all truth.
We affirm that the Bible is the Word of God. We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s Word to accomplish His purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all, for God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes.
We affirm that the world was created by the Sovereign God through the Word and the Spirit. The created order is good and was created for the well-being of all creatures as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God.
We affirm that human beings were created in the image of God. God placed man and woman on this planet to walk in fellowship with Him and to cultivate and manage the earth. As beings created in God’s image, every human being has destiny and worth and is to be treated with dignity and respect.
Our relationship with God was broken through the willful rebellion of the first humans, Adam and Eve. As sinful creatures we have broken covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and others, and wreaked havoc throughout the creation. As the result of sin, all human capacities have been affected. The mind has been darkened. The heart has been corrupted so that all human actions have been polluted by self-will and the desire for self-gratification.Only God can save us.
Because God truly loves humanity, He judges our sin, calls us to repentance and faith, pardons us, receives us by grace, and restores us in His image. The only hope for humanity is through the work of Jesus Christ, who is the unique Savior of the human race and the sole Mediator between God and humanity. Through his suffering and death human beings receive forgiveness from sin and are restored in the image of God. Salvation includes release from the power as well as the penalty of sin. The goal of God’s redemptive action is to restore what was lost in the Fall, and includes the healing of human beings at every level of their being. God’s salvation also includes the renewal of the created order. Salvation not only effects reconciliation between God and humanity but also between persons as well (Col 2:14-15).
Ordinances of the Church
There are two ordinances ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels: Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We affirm that Water Baptism symbolizes our being buried with Christ and rising in the newness of life. We also affirm that the Lord’s Supper serves to remind us of the finished work and power of the cross. These ordinances are not badges ofChristian profession, but signs of God’s grace by which He works in us by His Spirit.
Sanctification and Holiness
We believe that sanctification is a work of God’s grace through the Word and the Spirit, through which those who have been born again are cleansed from their sins in thought, word and actions, so that they become whole persons, able to live in accordance with God’s will. Sanctification is both event and process.
The Power of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent His Spirit to bear witness of His Son; without His witness, ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary Spirit; thus, evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. Believers receive power when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit occurs through prayer, the ministry of the Word, teaching and the manifestation of spiritual gifts.
We affirm that there is one holy, apostolic and universal church established by Jesus Christ and built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, composed of believers from all ages. The church is the community of God’s people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology.God has been calling out from the world a people for Himself, and sending His people back into the world to be His servants and His witnesses, for the extension of His Kingdom. The church is a community of committed relationships in which personal faith is nurtured by mutual responsiveness and accountability.
We believe that the ascended Lord has given gifts of ministry to His church, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These ministries exist to build up the body of Christ and to equip men and women for ministry. A person is set apart by the Holy Spirit through calling and gifting, and subsequently recognized by the leadership of the local congregation.
Mission and Service
Personal faith always involves mission and service to the world. Christian faith entails more than personal piety; love ofGod always produces love for one’s neighbor, a passion to see the salvation of others, the renewal of life and the establishment of justice. No local congregation, association of congregations or parachurch ministry can hope to complete the tasks of mission and service in isolation from other parts of the body of Christ. The Gospel is God’s GoodNews for the whole world. We are determined by His grace to obey Christ’s commission to proclaim to all people and to make disciples of every nation. Therefore we maintain that unity and partnership are essential for the fulfillment of the evangelistic and cultural mandates of God’s people.
The Return of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly for His Church, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment.
The Resurrection of the Dead
We affirm that there will be a resurrection of the dead at the end of history. Jesus Christ will raise believers of all ages to everlasting life, and those who reject his plan of salvation to judgment and eternal damnation.
The Restoration of All Things
We affirm that Jesus Christ shall reign over all creation and restore the created order. We look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever.
Pursuing the Presence of God
'It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2 NKJV
Heart for Young People
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 NIV84
Committed to a Diverse Community
"From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working which every part does it share, cause growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16 NKJV