Our Beliefs Held in Common with Most Evangelical Churches
A. THE BIBLE
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life.
We believe in one living, sovereign and true God, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, coequal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
We believe that in the beginning God created the world and all things therein out of nothing and by His sovereign power and providence He continues to sustain and order His creation to fulfill His divine purposes and manifest His glory.
We believe that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him and to glorify Him and therefore has great dignity and value but man fell into sin and thereby became spiritually dead, separated from God, under God’s condemnation and totally unable to please God or merit salvation.
E. GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION
We believe that God has graciously provided a plan of salvation for fallen man. In this plan, Jesus Christ has become our representative, taking our sins upon himself, having offered himself as a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice and to reconcile us to God. All who, through the regenerating work if the Holy Spirit, receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are justified on the basis of His shed blood, become children of God and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit until the Day of Redemption.
We believe that Jesus Christ in true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, he arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
G. THE CHURCH
We believe in one universal church of which Christ is the head. The visible church is the ordinary means of the spread of the gospel and the building up of God’s people in Christ.
Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are sacraments to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
H. LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal, visible coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting punishment of the lost in hell, and the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven.