what we believe
God has revealed Himself as a Trinity in Unity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three persons yet but one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
The Bible, including both Old and New Testaments, is a divine revelation, the original autographs of which were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, which is to say, He is Himself very God. He took upon Himself the form of a servant (Philippians 2:7), being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a substitutional sacrifice for the sin of the world; He arose from the dead in the body in which he was crucified; He ascended into heaven in the body glorified, where He is now, our interceding High Priest. The Lord Himself is coming in the air to receive His church. This could happen any moment. He will come again personally and visibly to set up His kingdom and to judge the living and the dead. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:8-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17, 20:4-6, 11-15)
Man was created in the image of God but fell in sin, and therefore is spiritually lost. This is true of all men and except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree. Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation, the sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness. The retribution of the wicked and the unbelieving and the rewards of the righteous are everlasting, and as the reward is conscious, so is the retribution. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10,23; John 3:3; Acts 13:38-39; Acts 1:6-8; John 10:27-29; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
The Church is an elect company of believers baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations. It will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before He appears to set up His Kingdom. The local church is a body of immersed believers associated together for work, worship, and fellowship. It is independent and autonomous and is free from all ecclesiastical or political influence. (Acts 2:41, 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
What it Means to be a Christian
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.
God Is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First 1 Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10–12).
Sin Demands a Penalty
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus Is Lord and Savior
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28–30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).