What We Hold to Be True
We believe that God is the only true God. All other gods are false. God is eternal, holy, infinite, and He has no limits to His power and knowledge. He is the Creator and Ruler of all things. He is Triune, and is revealed to us as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity. He is God and has always been God. Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary and is the Son of God. He was God and man in one person. Jesus lived on earth and taught the people about God. Jesus died for our sins and was buried, but He rose from the dead. He is now in heaven, and He is interceding for us with God the Father.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He is in the world today, and He works with all believers. The Holy Spirit teaches people about sin, regenerates people when they repent and believe in Jesus, and sanctifies believers and makes their lives clean and holy. He helps people know the truth of God as revealed in Jesus.
The Holy Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God for all people. God inspired many men to write the Bible. The Holy Bible has sixty-six books and two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Bible has all we need to know for salvation and is the only sure source of Christian truth.
We believe that sin came into the world through Adam and Eve. They disobeyed God and sinned against Him. Their sin brought death into the world. There are two kinds of sin. One kind of sin is the sinful nature which all people are born with. We are not responsible for the sinful nature until God reveals it to us. Then we need to ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse the sinful nature. Another kind of sin is an act of sin. We sin when we choose to disobey God, when we choose to do wrong, choose to hurt someone with our words or deeds, when we do not love God, and when we do not accept Jesus as Savior.
We believe that Jesus suffered and died on the cross and shed His Blood for the sins of all people. Only His Blood could atone for the sins of every person. The Atonement provides salvation for all people who repent and believe in Jesus. The Atonement provides salvation for those who do not know about sin. Young children and those whose minds cannot understand sin are saved through the Atonement.
We believe that God made people in His own image. God gives all people the freedom to choose between right and wrong. We can choose to accept Jesus as Savior and receive eternal life, or we can choose to reject Jesus and be lost forever. We believe that God gives His grace to everyone through Jesus. Through God's grace, every person has the chance to repent, but God does not force people to obey Him. Human freedom means that we can either accept or reject God's salvation.
We believe that repentance is a complete and sincere change of mind about sin. First, sinners must have guilt for their sins. Second, sinners must confess their sins. Third, sinners must choose to turn away from sin. When sinners repent, they receive God's forgiveness. The Holy Spirit guides sinners to repentance and helps sinners understand they have sinned. He helps them have faith in God's grace and forgiveness.
We believe that three things happen at the time when we are saved and trust God for salvation - justification, regeneration, and adoption. In justification, God reconciles us to Himself, forgives all our sins, pardons us, and takes away our punishment for our past sins. In regeneration, God through the Holy Spirit gives us a new life and we are born again. We receive the new birth through Christ and are made clean by God's power. In adoption, God makes us His children. We become a part of His family and become heirs of God. We receive His gift of eternal life.
We believe that sanctification is only for Christians. First, the Christian gives himself fully to God and through the Holy Spirit, God cleanses the believer's heart. God removes the sinful nature, and the Holy Spirit enters the person's life fully. The person receives power to live for God and serve Him. Christians who are sanctified need to grow in grace, become more Christ-like, pray and read the Bible, witness and worship God, and love others as they love themselves.
We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ. The Church is the Body of Christ, and Jesus is the head of the Church. All Christians are a part of the Body. The Church should live in fellowship with God and each other, worship God, preach the Bible, take Communion, baptize believers, witness to God's grace, and help people grow in grace. The Church has many denominations, all of which are a part of Christ's Body.
We believe that baptism is a sacrament for all Christians. Jesus told His disciples to baptize believers. In baptism, Christians witness to their faith in Jesus as Savior. They show that they have a new life in Christ.
We believe that Communion is a sacrament for all Christians and is only for people who are born again. It reminds us of Jesus' death on the cross for our sin and His second coming.
We believe that God heals us when we are sick. We should pray in faith for God to heal us, also using doctors and medicine to help heal us. All healing comes from God.
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again. All people who are born again, dead or alive, will go with Jesus and be with Him forever in heaven.
Life After Death: Resurrection
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. The just will be resurrected to eternal life, and the unjust will be resurrected to eternal punishment. We believe that all people will stand before God for a final judgment, and that God will judge us for our relationship to Jesus and for our deeds while we lived on earth. We believe that all people will have a final destiny. Heaven is the destiny for the just, and hell is the destiny for the unjust.