Doctrine of God
We believe in one God eternally existingas one essence and three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and Godthe Holy Spirit, each of whom is fully God, yet there is one God.
We believein one God eternally existing as one essence and three distinct persons: Godthe Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Each person is fully, equallyand eternally God, yet there is one God. Each person has precisely the samenature and attributes and is worthy of precisely the same worship, honor andpraise. The entire Christian faith is bound together with the confession ofGod’s Trinitarian nature (Matt. 28:18-20).
Webelieve in God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth. We believe in theSon, God from God, eternally begotten but not made, who in history assumed toHimself a human nature for the sake of our salvation (John 1:14; Heb. 1:3). Heis fully God and fully man. Through Him, all things came into being and werecreated. He was before all things, and in Him, all things hold together by theword of His power (Col.1:15-20). He suffered, died, was buried, resurrected,ascended and sits at the right hand of the Father until He returns for thefinal judgment and consummation of the Kingdom. We believe in the Holy Spiritwho eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son and is sent by the Fatherand Son to give new life (John 15:26-27). The Holy Spirit unites believers toJesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within theregenerate (Eph. 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son who, inturn, came to glorify the Father. He will lead the Church into a rightunderstanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word. He is to berespected, honored and worshiped as God, the third person of the Trinity.
Thetriune God, Father, Son and Spirit, is the Creator of all things, visible andinvisible. As the immortal and eternal Creator, He sovereignly rules over allof His creation (Ps. 24:1).
BELIEF IN THE ONE TRUE GOD
There is one eternal God, existent in three persons- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
JESUS CHRIST IS FULLY GOD AND FULLY MAN
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31-35) Lived a sinless life. (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15) Died on the cross to atone for our sins. (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21) Physically rose from the dead. (Acts 1:9; Acts 2:32; Hebrews 1:3) Now sits at the right hand of His Father. (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 10:12) He will return to earth in power and glory (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27; Revelation 19:11-14)
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we are cleansed from sin through repentance and regeneration of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3; Luke 24:46-47; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5-7; John 6:63)
The Holy Spirit, our abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide, indwells and empowers every believer in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:11; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:16-17; Isaiah 61; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:10)
We believe the church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers. Christians have been called out from the world to obey the teachings of Christ and serve as His ambassadors and co-laborers. (Matthew 18:18-20; John 15:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:20)
While we recognize that the act of Baptism is observed in varying ways amongst different fellowships, it is our conviction and practice to baptize new believers by submersion. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47)
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience in which we partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remembering the death of Jesus and anticipating His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
There will be a final judgment and the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, Revelation 21:8)