1. The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and is the only authoritative source of doctrine and practice for Christians. (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:21; Heb. 4:12)

 

2. God

  • We believe that there is only one person who is God. He is a literal (corporeal) being, the Father of Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, eternal, immortal, and will eventually rule over the Eternal Kingdom. (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6-8, 45:18; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; I Tim. 2:5, Rev. 22:5)

 

3. Jesus

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, born of God’s Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary. He is truly unique, being both God’s son and the son of man. God’s plan from eternity was made flesh in the person of Jesus who perfectly represented God, his Father. Jesus was the promised Savior, the Messiah who was sinless and thus able to die on the cross for the sins of all men. Jesus was mortal and remained in the grave for three days until God raised him. Jesus then ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of God interceding for Christians. One day God will send Jesus back to this earth to establish His Kingdom and bring to fruition God’s plan for all eternity. (Luke 1:32-35, 3:22; John 1:14; 3:16; 20:31; Acts 7:55; I Tim. 2:5; I John 5:5)

 

4. Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the power of God manifest on the earth in the lives of God’s people. The Holy Spirit is promised to all believers (Acts 2:38) as part of the baptismal experience. It is given to us to empower us to witness of Jesus Christ and the kingdom (Acts 1:8). Individual gifts of the spirit are given to members of the church to enable the church to accomplish God’s purposes (I Cor 12; Rom. 12; Eph. 4). The demonstration of the Spirit’s presence is evidenced in an individual’s life, attitude, and actions by the evidence of the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22,23)

 

5. Man

  • We believe that God created man from the earth, and then gave him the breath of life which enabled him to live. Although created innocent, through disobedience to God man fell under the condemnation of death. Thus all men are both sinful and mortal, and are in need of salvation which can only come through Jesus Christ. Death is the cessation of all life and consciousness and man remains in the grave until Jesus’ return to this earth. At that time, Jesus will raise and reward Christians with immortal and incorruptible life. (Gen. 2:7; 3:19; Eccl. 3:20; 9:4,5,10; Matt. 3:13-17; John 5:28,29; Rom. 6:23; I Cor. 15:50-55)

 

6. Plan of Salvation

  • We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). It is by the grace of God, through the atoning blood of Jesus, and consists of God’s forgiveness of sin, the imparting of His Spirit, and finally the gift of immortality at the resurrection when Jesus returns. The steps we must take are:

a) Belief in the gospel of the Kingdom and the things concerning Jesus Christ. (Acts 8:12; Rom. 1:16)

b) Sincere repentance for sins, which may be evidenced by confession and restitution. (Acts. 2:38)

c) Baptism, immersion in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Mark 15:15,16; Rom. 6:1-6; Acts 22:16)

d) Growth in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:1-3)

 

7. Future Hope – Kingdom of God

  • We believe that the future hope of mankind is the Kingdom of God upon this earth when Christ returns. We believe that this return will be a literal, personal, visible return (Acts 1:11). Christians will be rewarded with citizenship in the Kingdom of God and will reign with Jesus for 1000 years as joint-heirs. This Millennial reign will be followed by a short rebellion, the Great White Throne judgment by God, the destruction of the wicked, and the establishment of the “New Heaven and a New Earth” where God will reign for eternity, and all sin and death will be no more. (Matt. 25:30,31, I Thess. 4:16,17; II Pet. 2:12-14; Rev. 5:9,10; 20:4-10; 21:1-4,7,8)