We believe in one God who eternally exists in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is completely and equally God. The three persons differ in roles relating to mankind and each other, but do not differ in value, attributes, essence or equality. There are both communicable and incommunicable attributes that each Person of the Godhead shares completely and equally.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Romans 3:30; James 2:19; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19; John 10:29-32; Romans 9:5; Acts 5:3-4
We believe that the eternal Son, the second person of the Godhead, was sent by God the Father to image forth all of the Godhead’s divine attributes to the world and to be made in the image of man, as the Christ, to satisfy God’s wrath because of humanity’s rebellion or sin. When the Son entered into the world through the birth of the virgin Mary, he became perfectly human, while completely maintaining His divine nature. As a human, Jesus the Christ, lived a morally perfect life by perfectly following and fulfilling all the requirements of the Mosaic Law. Therefore, the Son is both perfectly human and completely God. Both natures are joined together as one Person. As a perfect being, he was able to become the perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for humanity’s sin. He voluntarily suffered and died under the hands of sinful man. On the third day Jesus was raised from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit. After appearing and teaching His followers for 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven, where He rules and sits at the right hand of God the Father, until the time for His second bodily return to earth.
Ephesians 1:4-14, John 5:19-23, John 8:54-58; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 1:34-37; Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 9:11-15; Acts1:7-11 Acts 5:3-4
We believe that all of mankind originally came from a man named Adam and a woman named Eve. They were created in a state of untested moral innocence and with a nature free from imperfection. God had given them rule over all created things and commanded them not to eat from the tree of good and evil. Sometime after their creation, Eve was deceived by the Satan in the form of a serpent to disobey God and eat from the tree of good and evil. On the other hand, Adam willfully rebelled against God’s command. This resulted in the complete moral, physical and spiritual guilt and corruption of all mankind; thereby, bringing the wrath and judgment of God over all creation. If mankind were left without moral redemption, they would eventually face an eternal conscience, physical, emotional and spiritual torment in a place called hell. Their guilt, sin, and rebellion against God is so great there exists not one act, thought, word or deed mankind can perform for their salvation. Therefore, God alone would provide the means of first the forbearance and eventually the substitutionary atonement for the penalty of their sin.
Romans 1:18-32, Romans 5:12-14; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Timothy 2:13; Revelation 20:10-15
We believe that salvation can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ and His atoning work. Jesus was without a sinful human nature and lived a perfectly moral and obedient life. He fulfilled the Mosaic law through His life. Therefore, without a sin nature and without committing a sinful act, Jesus Christ was more than a suitable offering to satisfy the wrath of God. Although the salvation of Jesus has infinite worth for the redemption of all mankind, only those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone will be saved. If mankind were left to themselves they would be completely and hopelessly sinful and depraved without any ability or possibility of redemption. However, because of God’s great love, He chose out of sinful humanity those who would receive His unconditional adoption as sons and daughters and eternal salvation. God was not constrained or obligated to save humankind because of Adam’s sin and our idolatry. Therefore, any electing or saving is completely an underserved and merciful work on God’s part. In eternity past, God the Father chose who would be saved. In history past, God the Son, Jesus having come in the flesh, freely offer Himself in life and death as the substitutionary atonement. After the bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit applies the redemption of Christ to those who believe and obey the gospel. The Holy Spirit regenerates the spiritually dead to make us spiritually alive in faith through the truth of the Gospel. We are then simultaneously justified, adopted, and grafted into Israel. Before the death and resurrection of Christ, those who were chosen by God the Father received God’s forbearance of their sin by grace through their faith in God’s future promises of redemption through Eve’s seed, Jesus Christ.
John 14:5; Matthew 5:17; Galatians 2:16, 21; Hebrews 4:14-5:10, 7:20-28; Ephesians 1:3-14, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 John 2:2; Acts 5:3-4
We believe the church does not consist of spatial dimensions or a building made by human hands. The church is any person who has become a believer by having become regenerated by the Holy Spirit and thus born again. Within geographic local churches there exists both believers and unbelievers. However, only believers are the true church. The church functions as a community, which God uses to proclaim the gospel to unbelievers, help believers grow and observe biblical truths, provide communal and liturgical worship, provide for the needs of believers, provide communal prayer and get further equipped for Christian ministry. The church is to make disciples- those who have been saved by God to grow in biblical truth and personal holiness. However, it is God’s grace through the Holy Spirit who grants all growth. Other functions of the church is to observe the sacraments of the Lord’s supper and water baptism. Finally, through prayer and accountability, believers can share their struggles and needs in the hope of persevering in love and good deeds until either death or the second coming of Jesus’ bodily return to earth.
Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 13:24-30; Romans 1:11; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 3:16-19, 4:7, Hebrews 2:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Matthew 28:18-20
We believe that in the future Jesus Christ will return in bodily form in the same way He ascended almost 2,000 years ago. We believe that there will be time on earth of intense suffering and turmoil, which will prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We also believe those who have been chosen by God and regenerated by the Holy Spirit will be raptured by Jesus Christ to meet Him in the air. We also believe God will return to the nation of Israel and regenerate them as a nation who will accept and submit to the Messiahship of Jesus Christ after the number of gentiles are complete. We also believe that after the literal return of Christ, Satan, his fallen angels and unbelievers in Jesus Christ will be sent to hell where they will experience conscience eternal torment. Then the new heaven and new earth will be restored and all those who have been undeservingly chosen by God will experience eternal perfect life with no more pain, suffering or boredom as we dwell with Jesus Christ on earth in the new Jerusalem.
Acts 1:7-11; Revelation 7:15; Romans 11:25-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:1-10; Revelation 20-21
We believe that all 66 books of the Bible are the actual and literal words of God; thereby, completely without error in the original writings. We believe all of the authors wrote by the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit, while utilizing the author’s literary writing styles, familial, educational, economical and ethnic background, and personality. We believe the word of God is completely sufficient for every good work and is a sufficient law, rule and guide for how a person should learn about God, intimately and personally meet with God, and live a life of personal holiness. We believe that all truth is God’s truth, but knowledge which contradicts biblical truth is false.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21, 3:15-16; Luke 24:27-32