We believe in one eternal, holy, and loving God who calls us to respond in faith. We do affirm the following:
God is revealed generally in the created order and in the human conscience. This Living God, however, has spoken especially to us in the covenantal story of the whole of Scripture and definitively in Jesus Christ. We believe in, treasure, and cherish the Bible as the written Word of God, and hold that the sixty-six books of the Protestant biblical canon constitute the Holy Scripture.
Read: II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21
We believe in one God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who created all things visible and invisible, and out of chaos created order. Our hearts are made glad that God is fully revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, who was born to the Virgin Mary through the agency of the Holy Spirit, and lived on earth as both fully human and fully divine. We are grateful that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, convicts us of sins, leads us to and incorporates us into Christ, and empowers us for Christian witness.
Read: John 4:24, John 1:1, 14
We acknowledge that all have sinned, thus breaking our relationships with God, self, others, and the whole created order, but give thanks for God’s salvation from sin.
We believe that, through his exemplary life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection, Jesus Christ is the only sufficient atonement for our sins. In keeping with the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus died on the cross and was raised for our salvation. He returned to the Father and there intercedes for us. God’s work of salvation is all by grace, not by our merits. We receive this great salvation when, by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We hold that we are secure in our salvation so long as we remain faithful to Christ. We are grateful that the same power that raised Christ from the dead raises us from spiritual death, saving us from sin to follow Christ in this life and to live with him eternally.
We believe that it is God’s will for us to live in holiness. Indeed, it is God who makes us holy. We, however, are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God for the sake of God’s mission in the world. We understand the life of holiness to be wholehearted love for God and neighbor. Although we are never to seek suffering for the sake of suffering, we are convinced that holiness often is deepened through life’s inevitable sufferings. Furthermore, Christ invites us to participate in his sufferings in this fallen world.
We recognize with Scripture that satan and demons exist as spiritual realities in opposition to God. But we are grateful that God has conquered all sin and evil, thereby giving us victory both now and forever.
We believe God builds His church on the foundation of Jesus Christ and through the five-fold ministry.
Read: Matthew 1:21; John 11:52; John 3:3, 5-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Luke 1:73-75; Titus 2:11-12; Hebrews 12:14