What We Believe
We believe God is. There is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This One True God has revealed Himself to His creation as the Creator. All things were created by Him and for Him. The One True God is transcendent and yet personally involved in the lives of those who are His own.
We believe that God the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. Scripture records that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life- one without sin and was thereby sufficient to give Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice to atone for the sin of man. He died a gruesome, public death and was raised bodily from the dead after three days. Jesus ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. He is the only Mediator between God and man. He is coming again in glory and judgment.
We believe God the Holy Spirit eternally exists. He has always been at work in the earth. After Jesus ascended to the Father, the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to give birth to the Church and indwell Believers. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is necessary in the work of regeneration. The Holy Spirit seals believers and empowers us to be Christ’s witnesses in the earth.
We believe all Scripture is God-breathed and therefore inerrant and authoritative. We believe that God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness through the preservation of Scripture which communicates the true knowledge of Jesus. We further believe that the Holy Spirit gives insight into the Scriptures. The Church has no higher authority - on any issue - than the Word of God. We believe the Bible is the straight edge by which we measure our life.
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ. We believe the Church reveals the manifold wisdom of God in making one people of two – Jews and Gentiles. The Church is the revelation of God’s eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is one Church. Jesus is the head of the Church.
The first institution established by God was the family. One man and one woman with the command to be fruitful and multiply. We believe the family is vital in the proliferation of the Gospel. Our culture has devalued the family, and this has been reflected nearly everywhere from the structure of society to the function of the Church. The Gospel is expected to make its first stop in the home. The promise of Christ is for us, our children, and all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.
We believe that Christians serve one Master, His Name is Jesus. We believe that governments are instituted by God and that He is sovereign over all of them. The Bible teaches us to be subject to governing authorities while resisting evil out of a right fear of God. In America, we have a unique stewardship as citizens of a nation that allows its people to elect its representatives. We believe we must see politics as an instrument of God to glorify Himself by restraining evil and advancing the Gospel. To that end, we pray, vote and live faithfully. The Christian is never owned by a political party, or special interest group. Again, we have one Master, He reigns forever.
We believe the Christian is appointed to live in this world but be unstained by it. This is a tension that can be difficult to navigate. We are called to love people and tell the truth about who God is and what He requires. Increasingly, this will push us to the fringes of society and paint us as enemies of the State. Even so, we must resist sin. We are not afraid to live in this world and we will not be shamed or accused into silence. Jesus is worthy that we should refuse to run and refuse to comply with anything that is antithetical to the Faith.