The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired Word of God, spoken through men moved by the Holy Spirit, and thus free from error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our guide and authority in all matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12-13). The meaning of Scripture is known through literal, grammatical and historical interpretation under the direction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). It is the responsibility of every believer to know and obey the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; James 1:22). The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself.
We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each possessing the same power, perfection, attributes, glory, and nature (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 3:16-17; John 10:30; Philippians 2:5-6; Acts 5:3-4).
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is the eternal Son of God, born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23), sent into this world to make atonement for sin (Hebrews 9:26-28; Romans 5:6-10). He was crucified, buried, then literally and bodily rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6), is the Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and will one day judge those who do not believe in Him as Lord and Savior (Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:22); He is truly Man and truly God, preserving both human and divine natures, which are inseparably united together in one person. (John 1:1, 14, 18; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-4; Philippians 2:6-11; John 10:30; John 20:28).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (Matthew 28:19), was active in creation (Genesis 1:1-3), inspired the Scriptures (Acts 1:16; Hebrews 3:7-11), and convicts the world of sin (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit is active in all the processes of conviction, salvation and sanctification; He bears witness to the truth, regenerates, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, indwells, provides spiritual resources for service, leads into truth, seals believers until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13), and controls believers (John 15:26; John 16:7-16; Romans 8:9; 14, 16, 26; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18).
Man was created to bring God glory, to bear His image in the world (Genesis 1:26) and is capable of having a personal relationship with God and responding to Him. Man can know and understand what God desires of him. Man also has an eternal future, either eternal life or eternal damnation. All mankind are sinners, by nature from Adam and in practice individually, and are therefore subject to God's wrath and condemnation unless they are saved (Genesis 3:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
Salvation of lost men is possible only by the grace of God through faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Psalms 14:1-3; Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19). God chose before the foundation of the earth those whom He saves and sanctifies (Ephesians 1:4-11; 1 Peter 1:1-2). The Holy Spirit regenerates those chosen by the Father (Acts 13:48, Romans 8:28-30), who in turn respond in conversion (faith and repentance), and are justified by the Father on the basis of the completed work of Christ (Ephesians 1:4-14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 1:1-2). Those thus born again are eternally secure (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:11-13; John 3:1-21; John 6:37-40; John 10:27-29; Romans 3-8).
Believers are divinely enabled to live apart from the world in obedience to the will of God. This sanctification progresses as the believer obeys God's word and lives under the control of His Spirit (John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16). Sanctification is completed when a believer is in heaven (Philippians 1:6).
The church is the body of Christ in the world, comprised of all who have placed their faith in Him in this present age. It exists to glorify God before men and to submit to Him in worship; in the process, the true church will grow in Christlikeness, in her ability to meet the needs of the body, and in her ability to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the world (Ephesians 1:22-24; Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 2:41-42; Colossians 3:21; Romans 12:3-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27). The purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31) by growing in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), instructing in the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3); by observing the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Matthew 28:19), and by proclaiming the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8).
Scripture commands two ordinances for the church: baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39) and the Lord's Supper (Luke 22:19). Baptism is a picture and testimony of belief in Jesus' atoning death, burial, and resurrection, and a public identification with the body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-4). The Lord's Supper is a reminder and a witness of the Lord's death for sin. Neither ordinance possesses saving power (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Jesus Christ will come again in bodily form to receive the church to Himself and to establish His kingdom upon the earth. Since the church is not appointed to wrath, it will be saved from the wrath of God by the rapture. After the removal of the church, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out on the unbelieving world, followed by the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6). At the end, the dead will be resurrected; the unrighteous to eternal damnation, the righteous to eternal blessing in heaven with the Lord. (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-6; Revelation 11-15).