What We Believe

We are not fellow heirs of the Kingdom because of our perfect understanding, but because of the perfect life and death of Jesus for us. We are not brothers in Christ because we agree on every possible matter, but because we share the same father in heaven. Therefore, we embrace an approach to teaching:

  • In essential beliefs — we have unity
  • In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty
  • In all our beliefs — we show charity

While the Bible does not have a listing of things labeled “essential,” the “seven ones” found in Ephesians 4 are helpful.

About God (One God and Father of All)

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

About Jesus Christ (One Lord)

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus became a man and lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where he currently reigns as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and will return again someday to earth to take us to heaven. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)

About the Holy Spirit (One Spirit)

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25)

About the Bible (One Faith)

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

About Salvation (One Hope)

Although people are made in the spiritual image of God, all of us are marred by disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Salvation from this condition is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved and have the clear hope of living eternally with him in heaven. (Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1, 2
Romans 3:23; 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)

About Baptism (One Baptism)

Man’s imperfection precludes our ever achieving true fellowship with God through our own efforts, but we must respond to God’s free offer of salvation in faith, repentance, and baptism. As we confess Christ as our Lord, and are buried into His death, God forgives our sins and raises us to walk a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit. (John 1:12; Acts 2:37-41; Romans 6:3-8; Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Peter 3:18-22)

About The Church (One Body)

When we respond to the grace of God in faith, God adds us to His church, the body of Christ. This is God’s work, not that of any man, and while we receive and recognize those who elect to become a part of our fellowship in this church family, those who belong to God’s family are placed there by his grace and his choosing alone. (Romans 6:3; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 5:30)