The Bible 

The Bible is God’s Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 • 2 Peter 1:20-21 • Psalm 119:105, 160

God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe.  He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and therefore, are one God. 

Genesis 1:1, 26-27 • Psalm 90:2 • John 1:1-3,14 • Acts 5:3-4

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, yet he is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus lived a sinless life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death.  He ascended to heaven’s glory and one day will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

John 1:1-5 • Matthew 16:16-17 • John 3:16 • Acts 1:10-11 • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Jesus as God.  He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ.  He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance to do what is right, and gifts to use in ministry.  We seek to live under his direction daily. 

John 14:26 • John 16:7-14 • Ephesians 1:13-14 • Acts 1:8 • Galatians 5:22-25

Humanity

People are the supreme object of God’s creation, created in his image to have a loving relationship with him.  However, we have all chosen to disobey God, rebel against him and go our own way.  The Bible calls this sin.  The result of this sin is that we are alienated from God. The effects of this fall from our intended relationship with God can be reversed through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.

Romans 3:23 • Romans 6:23 • John 3:16

Salvation

The Bible tells us the wages of our sin is death.  We believe that because Jesus was God and never sinned, that his death paid the death penalty we owed.  We can never pay for our own sin through self-improvement or good works.  Salvation is a free gift given to us by the grace of God.  We receive this gift of salvation the moment we trust Jesus’ death on the cross as the payment for our sins.  We believe salvation results in moral living, good works, and proper social concern.

Romans 5:8 • Ephesians 2:8-9 • Romans 10:9-10 • Titus 3:5-7 • Galatians 3:26-27

Baptism

We believe that baptism is by immersion into Jesus Christ.  It is our natural response of faith and obedience when we choose to surrender to Jesus.  In the New Testament Church, those who believed were baptized (immersed) into the name of Jesus. 

Acts 2:38-41 • Romans 6:3-7 • Colossians 2:12 • Galatians 3:26-27