at our core
Beliefs drive thoughts, and thoughts drive action. Here's what drives us!
God has existed for all eternity. He is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
Jesus Christ, born through a virgin birth, is completely human and at the same time completely God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could die a substitutionary atoning death. He defeated death through His bodily resurrection so that we too could have life. He ascended into Heaven and perpetually intercedes for His people. His return to earth is to be personal, pre-millenial, and imminent.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person that indwells all believers. His presence seals our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God's righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
About the Scriptures
The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God. Men were moved by the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts and is the infallible rule of faith and practice.
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own merit.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Both are literal places of eternal existence.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to all those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life
All Christians are called to live for Christ, not themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church
The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have, by faith, trusted in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known to the lost world.