What We Believe
There is one God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father (God over us), the Son (God with us), and the Holy Spirit (God in us). Jesus came to show us God’s love, save us from sin, set up God’s Kingdom, and shut down religion, so we can share in God’s life. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, and he is the only bridge between God and people. Christ’s death and resurrection offer forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe. And the Holy Spirit empowers believers to work together through the Church. From Genesis to Revelation, we learn of the great redemptive movement of God to restore us to a relationship with Him and be adopted into a lasting family called the Church.
Only one true and living God exists. He is the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – each equally deserving our worship and obedience. He is infinite and perfect in all His attributes.
Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is Christ, the Son of God. Born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles. He died on the cross so we could be forgiven of sin and experience eternal salvation. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit is supernatural and sovereign, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ. He lives within all Christians beginning at the moment of our salvation and empowers us to live like Jesus and to carry out His mission as we surrender to Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, uses God’s Word to mature us into Christlikeness, and secures us until Christ returns. He is God in us.
The Bible is God’s written revelation to people, divinely given through human authors inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true. The Bible is sufficient and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith. The goal of God’s Word is the restoration of humanity into His image.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
God created us in His image and for His glory. We are the crowning work of His creation. Yet all of us have willfully disobeyed God – an act known as sin – thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for salvation. We are all born with a sinful nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, can we experience salvation.
We are all born with a sinful nature, separated from God, and in need of a Savior. That salvation comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we repent of our sin, we receive Christ’s forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished only by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. Salvation happens only because of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not based on any human efforts. All the redeemed are secure in Christ forever.
The Holy Spirit immediately places those of us who have put our faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body — the Church — of which Christ is the head. The primary expression of the Church on earth is in autonomous local congregations of baptized believers. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the gospel to the entire world and by building its members in Christlikeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship, and prayer.
God is actively involved in our lives and our future. Through His prophets, God announced His plans for the future redemption of His people through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son. With the call of the disciples, God prepared the way for the future of His Church. In scripture, God promised that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth to resurrect and judge all people. As the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator and Judge, God can and should be trusted today, and with our future.