There is One True God, revealed in the eternally existent Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me…”
“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'”
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously and eternally distinctly existing as Father, Son (Jesus the Christ), and Holy Spirit. (cf. Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10-11, 45:5; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; John 8:58; Rev. 1:8).
The Holy Scriptures are Inspired and Authoritative
2 Timothy 3:15-17
“…the Holy Scriptures… are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
The whole of the Holy Bible — no other religious book, nor any newly discovered ancient writing(s) — is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15, 17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12). Furthermore, we acknowledge the purpose of the scriptures are to continually lead us to and evermore further reveal the Revelation of God, Jesus Christ. The scriptures are not to be worshiped; rather we worship the Author; the One Whom the scriptures reveal.
Salvation of lost and sinful mankind – Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
In the beginning, God created everything and everything was “good”. Even the original humans, Adam and Eve, were created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make mankind in our image and after our likeness.” However, while they had perfect communion with God, by voluntary transgression (free will), they disobeyed God, severing communion, came under the Curse, and Death came upon all things. From that day forward, the only hope of every person is redemption in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Ro. 5:12-21)
Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Who loved us a gave Himself for us as a holy offering on the Cross as THE sacrifice for ALL sin. Apart from Jesus’ sacrifice, there is no other sacrifice for sin. Jesus is also the Messiah. God the Father has granted all judgment to Him as Judge of the Living and Dead. It is before Jesus Christ that every person will stand to give an account. (John 1:29; 3:16, Eph 5:1-2, 1 Cor 5, 2 Cor 5, 2 Tim 4:1, 1 Peter 4:5)
Furthermore, we believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory
The Salvation of Man
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”
Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the present and active ministry of the Holy Spirit, enabling a Christian to live a godly life. Each person is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and after being justified by grace, has become an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Ro. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47) and have their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, having the Hope of Glory – the Hope of resurrection on the Last Day.
Evidences of Salvation
INWARD EVIDENCE (inward peace; desire for good fruit) – The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit of Christ (Ro. 8:16), a tangible peace, and a new inward nature. Jesus promised that everyone an obedient love-faith abiding relationship with God the Jesus and the Father making their home in a true believer; “Christ in us” (cf. Col 1:27).
OUTWARD EVIDENCE (outward peace; producing good fruit) – The outward evidence to all men is a noticeable fervent, obedient love-faith relationship with the Lord, an ever-increasing pursuit of holiness, a hunger and thirst for righteousness, and a love for the Word of God (cf. 1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim.1:9).
“…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (I Thess. 2:4)
Jesus said: “I am here speaking with all the authority of God, who has commanded Me to give you this commission: Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you. And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.”
Baptism is commanded by Christ and a cornerstone of the Great Commission. It is the means by which believers have always entered the visible church. Anyone who truly repents and believes in Christ as their Lord and Savior has the promise of their sins washed away by Jesus’ blood. And water immersion baptism followed very closely after the conversions in the New Testament. Therefore, we baptize according Christ’s command when someone comes to believe in Jesus Christ as the only atonement for sins.
Water baptism, while an outward expression (a ceremonial ordinance), is commanded and therefore not an option. Baptism shows both the recipient and those who witness a baptism a powerful reminder of the truth that in Christ we have been buried with Him and also resurrected with Him to experience a new, regenerated life!
Forgiveness of sins, reconciliation to God the Father (being adopted as sons and daughters of God), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the gift of Eternal Life are all given upon a surrendered heart. While God uses and commands outward ordinances, He has always been interested in love, faith, and obedience from the heart.
The fact that water baptism is so closely associated with the promise of “repentance and remission of sins” has led some churches to erroneously teach that one is not saved until they are water baptized. However, the scriptures teach that salvation is a matter of your heart turning toward Christ. When one asks for forgiveness and turns to loving and serving God through Jesus Christ, they are immediately forgiven by grace through faith. A look at Cornelius in Acts 10 will show that Cornelius and his household believed upon hearing the Gospel from Peter. Upon believing, they were saved and received the Holy Spirit before being baptized. But for those delaying baptism, Peter immediately commanded that Cornelius and the others were baptized, just as the baptisms on the day of Pentecost immediately followed repentance.
Spiritual Unity of All Believers
“I… beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences, and that we can walk in unity in the essentials while maintaining conscientious distinctions in the non-essentials of the faith. Love never fails!
The Resurrection of the Dead and Blessed Hope of Translation
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation. The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16; Ro. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
The Final Judgment and Lake of Fire (Hell)
2 Corinthians 5:9-11
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.”
The Final Judgment is by Christ Himself of all people ever born, small and great, rich and poor; of every tribe and tongue. Of those found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, they will not suffer the second death, but live forevermore with the Lord in Eternal Life. However, the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in a literal hell, the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15). These are those who are cast into outer darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The New Heavens and New Earth
2 Peter 3:13
“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21).