WHAT WE BELIEVE
1. About the Bible
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, in the original writings, and we believe them to be the divine and final authority of all Christian faith and life. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
2. About God
There is but one God, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three possess the same nature, attributes and glory, but are distinct in office and activity.
3. About Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ to be truly God and truly man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary – without sin. The shedding of His blood and subsequent bodily resurrection provide the only means of satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who believe in Him. He was buried and rose from the dead to ascend into heaven, where at the right hand of God, His place is now as our High Priest and Advocate.
4. About Salvation
We believe that everyone was created in the image of God but fell into sin, so that every member of the human race is separated from God, and by nature, sinful and lost. Salvation is entirely of God's grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
5. About the Holy Spirit
Each follower of Jesus is indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of the redemption of his body. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict people, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the Christ follower for godly living and service.
6. About the Church
The true Church is not an organization but a living organism comprised of all believers. We believe Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church. The local church is the expression, in any locality, of the true Church, having the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed during the present age but are not to be regarded as a means of grace.
7. About the Return of Christ
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose coming is the fulfillment of the blessed hope set before the believer. He will receive His believing people to Himself and later will come to earth visibly to establish His kingdom.
8. About the Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
We believe that baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward decision to become a follower of Jesus. Through baptism the follower of Jesus is symbolically identified with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is for anyone who is a genuine follower of Jesus. Jesus commanded us to be baptized therefore baptism is an act of obedience. We baptize by immersion because it follows the model of Jesus and his earliest followers.
10. The Lord's Supper (Communion)
We celebrate communion to remember the death of Jesus who sacrificially died on the cross for our sins. This is a symbol ceremony using the juice of the vine and bread that are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus.
11. Sharing Our Resources
We believe that God is giver of everything we have and everything belongs to God. We believe as an act of worship that we give sacrificially and generously a portion of these back to God. This is not a donation but a gift given in gratitude for all God has given us and done in our lives.