As Christians, what we believe matters. It is these beliefs which, since the founding of the church, have determined whether or not a "church" is truly a church. While our weekends and our ministries seek to be culturally relevant, what we believe is timeless and it defines who we are. Styles and progams may change, these statements will not.
1. The Bible
We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God "were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writing--historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical--as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. We believe that all the Scriptures center around the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read, or understood, until it leads to Him. We also believe that all Scriptures are authoritative in the life of every Christian, in that they are our ultimate source of truth and practical instruction (Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44, John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3, 18:28, 26:22-23; 28:23; Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 2:13; 10:11; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:21).
2. The Trinity
We believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, which states that God eternally exists in three persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost-and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor 13:14; Heb 1:1-3; Rev 1:4-6).
3. Man, Created & Fallen
We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in tresspasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death of the human nature has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably evil apart from divine grace (Gen 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer 17:9; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:35; Rom 3:10-19; 8:6-7; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:1-3; 1 Tim 5:6; 1 John 3:8).
We believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as preannounced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of a virgin, and received a human body and a sinless human nature (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb 4:15).
We believe that, as a human, He became and remained a perfect man, sinless throughout His life; yet He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man, and that His earthy life sometimes functioned within the sphere of that which was human and sometimes within the sphere of that which was divine (Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Phil 2:5-8).
We believe that, in fulfillment of prophecy, He came first to Israel as her Messiah-King, and that, being rejected of that nation, He, according to the eternal counsels of God, gave His life as a ransom for all (John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Tim 2:6).
We believe that, in His infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily accepted His Father's will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world, bearing the holy judgments against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. His death was therefore substitutionary in the most absolute sense--the just for the unjust--and by His death he became the Savior of the lost (John 1:29; Rom 3:25-26; 2 Cor 5:14; Heb 10:5-14; 1 Pet 3:18).
We believe that, according to the Scriptures, He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers (John 20:20; Phil 3:20-21).
We believe that, on departing from the earth, He was accepted of His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished (Heb 1:3).
We believe that Christ will return, and we await His return eagerly. We believe He is coming again to judge the living and the dead and to set up His eternal Kingdom. We believe that at the coming of His judgment that the spirit, soul, and body of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation will be associated with Him forever in glory, while at His coming judgement the spirit, soul and body of every unbeliever shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-52; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 3:20; 1 Thess 4:13-18; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Titus 2:11-14; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation, however great, no attainments in morality, however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven. But a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons and daughters of God. We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our room and stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles can add in the very least degree to the value of the blood, or to the merit of the finished work wrought for us by Christ, who united in His person true and proper deity with perfect and sinless humanity (Lev 17:11; Isa 64:6; Matt 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom 5: 6-9; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; 6:15; Eph 1:7; Phil 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 23).
We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation (John 1:12; 3:6, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom 1:16-17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal 3:22).