THE BIBLE – GOD WROTE A BOOK
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is the Word of God. It was written by human authors who were divinely inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit; therefore, Scripture speaks with the full authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of these human authors. We hold that the Bible is truth without any mixture of error; it is the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of belief and practice.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
GOD – THREE IN ONE
There is one true and living God, who is the Creator of the universe. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, unchanging, perfect, sovereign, completely worthy of our worship and trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move, and exist. For all eternity He has existed as three equally divine persons—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power, authority, and honor.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
THE FATHER – GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS GREAT
God as Father rules with kind care over His universe, His creatures, and human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful. He is all knowing. He is all loving. He is all wise. God is Father to people who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
(Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.)
THE SON – GOD BECAME MAN
Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies back into a right relationship with God. He is the eternal Son of God who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless human life so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. On the cross, He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. After three days, he literally and physically arose from the dead in order to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven’s glory and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return again to judge the living and the dead and to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, 1 John 2:2)
THE HOLY SPIRIT – GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus. From the moment of salvation, He indwells each believer, becoming our source of assurance, comfort, strength, and wisdom. The Holy Spirit guides us in understanding and applying the Bible, emboldens us for witness, equips us with spiritual gifts, empowers us to become more like Jesus Christ, and secures us until Christ returns.
(Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
PEOPLE – GOD’S TREASURE
God created people — male and female — in His own image. They are the crowning work of His creation. Although God designed for people to glorify and enjoy fellowship with Him, every person has willfully disobeyed God—an act known as sin—thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for salvation. All people are born with a sinful nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. They are lost and incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.
(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
SALVATION – GOD’S ONLY WAY
Salvation is a gift of God’s grace. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation and forgiveness of sin. People can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works. Salvation occurs when people repent and place their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the sufficient payment for their sin. Once saved, true believers are kept by God’s grace and power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
(Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
THE CHURCH – GOD’S DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true Church. The primary expression of the Church on earth is in autonomous local congregations of baptized believers who are unified by their faith in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the gospel to the entire world and by building its members in Christ-likeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship, and prayer. The Church works together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying God.
(Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
ETERNITY – SOMEWHERE FOREVER
People were created to exist forever. Each person will either exist eternally in union with God through salvation and
forgiveness in Christ or eternally separated from God by sin. Eternal union with God happens in Heaven. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell.
(John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
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