Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURES

We accept the Bible, consisting of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is the essential and infallible record of God's self- disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by God. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches and describes. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose, and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule, and guide of all Christian life, practice and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.

TRIUNE GOD

GOD IS TRIUNE


There is only one living and true God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co- equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — is the foundation of Christian faith and life. He is worthy of all praise, and will not share His glory with any other.


FATHER


God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. By His word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing in six days, resting on the seventh. Through the same word, He daily sustains all His creatures. He rules over all, and together with the Son and the Spirit is the only sovereign Lord. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. He adopts as His own all those who come to Him, and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him and in His unfathomable grace gave His Son Jesus Christ for mankind's redemption. In His sovereignty, He is neither the author nor approver of sin, nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures. He made all things for the praise of His glory and intends for man, in particular, to live in fellowship with Himself.


JESUS CHRIST


Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the eternal Word made flesh, who dwelt among us, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. In the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of co-existence with God and took on an existence appropriate to a servant while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes. The purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, to leave us an example to follow that we might walk in His steps, and rule over God’s kingdom. He is perfect in nature, teaching and obedience. He is fully God and is fully man. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first- born over all creation and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world having shed His blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary's cross. By His death in our place, He revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, on the third day He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. For a period of 40 days, He appeared to over 500 witnesses performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into Heaven where, at God's right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all, awaiting His return. He is the Head of His body, the church, and should be adored, loved, served and obeyed by all.


HOLY SPIRIT


The Holy Spirit, as God the Third Person of the Trinity, the Lord and Giver of life is a divine Person— eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including, intellect, emotions, will, eternality, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence and truthfulness. In all the divine attributes, He is co-equal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation- the Bible. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By Him, a person is enabled to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within the regenerate. He has come to glorify the Son who in turn came to glorify the Father. He will lead the church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God's Word. He is to be respected, honored and worshipped. The Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation. He desires to continually fill each believer with power, and imparts His supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and the work of ministry in the world.

HUMANITY

God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation while living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative and biblical pattern of sexual relations for men and women. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church— the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her own husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to Him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God. This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.

THE GOSPEL

Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection ascension and reign. Christ's crucifixion is the heart of the gospel; His resurrection is the power of the gospel, and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ's death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God's holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love, and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.