THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that Adam and Eve, the precursors of the entire human race, were created in the image of God; however,
they disobeyed God and became sinners. Through Adam, all people
inherited sin’s nature and consequences, and all are in need of a
(Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12, 19)
THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
believe that Christ died for all of us while we were still sinners; He
took the punishment for our sin. With His own blood, He purchased
salvation and redemption for all who believe in Him.
(John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14)
SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
believe that salvation is totally an act of God’s grace that is
accessed through faith in Jesus Christ. No person can be good enough to
earn salvation, and “being good” does not contribute to receiving God’s
love and favor.
(Ephesians 2:8, 13)
REPENTANCE & ACCEPTANCE
believe that, when people repent for their sins and accept Christ, they
are justified through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. To repent
means to be sorry for sins, but it also means to turn away from a sinful
lifestyle. Accepting Christ means believing in Him as the only Savior.
To be justified means being declared “not guilty” in regard to sin.
(Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9)
THE NEW BIRTH
believe that the change that takes place in people when they are “born
again” is very real. They receive righteousness through Jesus Christ,
and they are empowered by the Holy Spirit; therefore, they should have
new desires, interests and pursuits.
(John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
DAILY CHRISTIAN LIFE
believe that people who have been born again grow in
sanctification—which means that they separate themselves from the value
system of the world and embrace and live according to the values of the
kingdom that Jesus proclaimed. As they do so, they increase in holiness,
faith, power, prayer, love and service.
(2 Corinthians 7:1)
believe that evangelizing and making disciples is the primary
“business” of the church; every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should
(James 5:20; Mark 16:15)
TITHING & OFFERINGS
believe that tithing (giving 10 percent of earnings) and offerings
(amounts determined by the individuals) are God’s instruments to carry
on His ministry, spread the gospel, and release personal blessing.
(Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16: 1, 2)
believe that Christians should avoid excess and that their moderation
should be obvious to others. Their commitment to Christ should be deep
and sincere, but they should not indulge in or lead other people into
extremes of fanaticism. Christians should be well thought of, balanced,
humble and self-sacrificing, reflecting Christ’s grace and character in
all areas of their lives.
(Colossians 3:12, 13; Philippians 4:5)
believe that it is essential for all believers to join with and become
part of a congregation of other believers. It is important to worship
together, observe the ordinances of the church, encourage and support
one another, and work together to advance the Lord’s kingdom.
(Hebrews 10:24, 25)
believe that civil government is established by divine appointment;
civil laws should be upheld at all times except when they are in
opposition to the Word of God.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is absolutely true, enduring, and unchangeable.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Matthew 24:35)
THE ETERNAL GODHEAD
believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy
Spirit. The three parts of the Trinity are coexistent and coeternal,
which means that they always have existed and always will exist
together; they are coequal in divine perfection, which means that no
person of the Trinity is more powerful or more perfect than any other
person in the Trinity.
(1 John 5:7)
WATER BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
believe that people who have been born again should be baptized in the
name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself was baptized and
instructed His followers to be baptized. Baptism also confirms that
Christ is the Lord and King in each believer’s life.
believe in observing the Lord’s supper, or communion, just as Jesus
instructed. This means that born-again believers take the broken bread
and the fruit of the vine as a remembrance and celebration of the new
life that is theirs because of Jesus’ death on the cross and His
resurrection. It is also looking forward to His return as triumphant
(1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience that
follows salvation. All believers have God’s Spirit within them. Holy
Spirit baptism empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of
holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace.
(Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4)
believe that Jesus Christ heals people who are sick. God does not
change; He is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the
soul and spirit, in response to faith.
(Mark 16:17, 18; James 5:14-16)
THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
believe that born-again believers should be people who pray and who
allow the Holy Spirit to shape their values and behaviors every day;
their lives should exemplify love, honesty and sincerity.
THE GIFTS & FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
believe that the Holy Spirit gives ministry gifts to believers; in
other words, the Holy Spirit gives people special abilities for
ministry. These gifts will build up groups of believers and help them
mature in Christian faith.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
Spirit-filled believers should show the spiritual “fruit” that has been
given to them: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,
(Romans 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-25)
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; we
are as certain that His second coming will occur as we are that His
first coming is a historical fact. No one knows the exact time of His
coming, but believers will continue to spread the gospel around the
world until He does come again. At that time the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven, the dead Christians will be resurrected, and
believers will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air.
(Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
believe that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life, and
nonbelievers will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment.
(Revelation 20:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
We believe that heaven is the habitation of the living God and the eternal home of born-again believers.
(John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17)
believe that hell is a place of darkness, deep sorrow and unquenchable
fire, which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels;
it will become the place of eternal separation from God for all who
reject Christ as Savior.
(Matthew 13:41-42; Revelation 20:10, 15)