THE SCRIPTURES

All scripture – consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible – is the divinely inspired Word of God. God’s inspiration extends equally and fully to each and every word of the Scriptures. The Bible is inerrant in all of its teachings and records and is the final and absolute authority in all matters of faith and practice.

 

GOD

There is only one living and true God who is self-existent and eternal, always existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These are all one, being co-equally worthy of the same worship, obedience, and trust. God created the universe from nothing and sovereignly rules over it. God the Father is the Head of the Trinity.

 

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus has always existed as God. Born of the Virgin Mary, He was fully God and fully man. Though perfectly sinless, Jesus took the full penalty for mankind’s sin upon Himself, so that all who believe in Him are forgiven and receive His righteousness. After completing His work of redemption on the cross, God raised Him from the dead on the third day. He appeared to many witnesses, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the Head of the body, the Church. He will return in bodily form to receive His own, to judge the world, and to reign forever.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a distinct personality and a co-equal member of the Triune Godhead. Since Pentecost the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, never departing from any, uniting all Christians into one body by His baptism. The Holy Spirit is the supernatural source of all spiritual gifts given to Christians to build up the Church.

 

MAN AND SIN

Mankind was created in perfection, but rebelled against God and became hopelessly lost in sin. Because God is just, He could not forgive sins without the penalty for those sins being paid in full. The penalty for sin is death.

 

SALVATION

God in His love provides salvation only through Jesus Christ. The death and shed blood of Jesus paid the debt for sins and His perfect life provided righteousness. It is only by faith in Christ that a sinner receives the gift of eternal life. Whoever chooses to believe and exercises true faith in Christ is saved.

 

THE CHURCH

The Church is the Body of Christ. It is made up of all those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and all of its members make up one body united by the Holy Spirit. The local church is an assembly of professing believers in any one locality who commit themselves to serving Christ together. The Church has three primary purposes: to glorify and serve God; to build up the Body of Christ; and to reach the lost for Christ.

 

ORDINANCES

The only ordinances of the Church are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). Baptism is an outward and symbolic expression of our inward experience of salvation. It is a public testimony of one’s faith in Jesus. Baptism is for believers and should be by immersion in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because it is a symbolic act, modes other than immersion may be acceptable. The elements of Communion are symbolic of the body and shed blood of Jesus. Participation in the Lord’s Supper is limited to believers and open to all believers. It reminds believers of the Lord’s redemptive life and death.

 

FUTURE THINGS

It is an essential teaching and belief of Christianity that Jesus will return. Two things are unquestionably clear about the return of the Lord Jesus Christ: no one knows when Christ shall return and Christians are to be ready. All people will be resurrected and exist eternally: those who are saved to rewards and eternal life with God; the lost to judgement and eternal suffering.