These are things I believe and hold to as true.
The Word of God
I believe that the entire Bible is the Word of God, the infallible revelation of God to man, divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and our source of foundational truth. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live.
I believe He is revealed in three persons as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists.
I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; that He is God incarnate, fully God and fully man; that He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit; and that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission.
I believe that all have sinned, that all need salvation, that salvation is available only through the blood of Jesus Christ , and that all must confess and repent of their sins to receive forgiveness and eternal life. This process is known as becoming “born again” in Christ. Salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted for his salvation. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ.
I believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels.
I believe that humanity, male and female, was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. As a consequence of disobedience, all persons are sinners by both nature and choice, and are, therefore, spiritually dead and justly condemned as children of wrath in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves.
I believe in sanctification, which means to be separated from sin and dedicated to God. Biblically, sanctification is a symbol of being cleansed from pollution and allowing the Holy Spirit to renew us. Once you become born again and baptized in water, a believer should strive to become more Christ-like in their behavior, exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit and living a holy and moral life through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. When we miss the mark, we should repent right away and ask the Lord to deliver us from every bondage and stronghold.
Missions and Service
We believe that God has called the Church to work together in unity and honor in preaching the gospel to all nations, in making disciples, and in remembering the poor and ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God.
I believe in the premillennial second coming of Jesus Christ, first to resurrect the dead saints and to catch away the living in the air. And I believe that Jesus Christ will return to rule and reign on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords for a thousand years. Then the dead will be judged at the great white throne judgment, and all whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire. The righteous will live eternally on a new earth.