The Bible, consisting of 66 Books of the Old and New Testament alone, is God’s unique revelation to His people. It is the inspired, infallible word of God, truth without error, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority in all matters of faith and life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5
There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet personally distinct from the other.
2 Timothy 2:5-6; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
God the Father created heaven and earth through His word and for His glory. He is the one Holy and sovereign God, and before Him there was no other God. His promises are faithful forever. He is full of grace and delights in mercy. He sacrificed his Son, Jesus Christ for mankind’s redemption. He desires that His Name should be praised forever.
Genesis 1; Isaiah 43:10-15; Psalm 111:7-8; Micah 7:18; John 3:16-18; Psalm 72:18-19
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity is fully God and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died on the cross, rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
John 1:14; Matthew 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 John 2:1; Acts 1:9-11
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. This Counselor reveals Christ and truth. He indwells, gives life, and instructs believers in order that they may understand and apply the Scriptures to become more Christ-like. He also equips believers with spiritual gifts for ministry in the Church and the world.
John 14:26; John 16:13-14; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Acts 1:8
All people are created in God’s image and matter deeply to him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.
Genesis 1:27-28; Psalm 8:3-6; Romans 3:23; John 3:16
Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:8, 6:23, 10:8-10
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. All believers (those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior) will be received into God’s loving presence for eternity, and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
John 3:16-18; 1 Peter 1:3-6; 1 John 5:11-13; Hebrews 7:24-25
All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Revelation 7:9-10; Ephesians 4:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20
In obedience to Christ’s example and teaching, we recognize and practice water baptism as a lasting command given to His church.
Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19; Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Hebrews 10:22-23
In obedience to Christ’s teaching we recognize and practice the Lord’s Supper as another lasting command given to His church so we may:
Remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for mankind
Proclaim to the world our identification with Him
Practice unity within our congregation
Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26