All the words found in scripture are God's words: we believe both the Old and New Testament to be verbally inspired. They are the final authority for faith and life, infallible, and inerrant in the original writings (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt 5:18; John 16:12-13).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each are co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut 6:4; 2 Cor 13:14).
The Person and Work of Jesus
We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He became man without ceasing to be God. He came so that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2,14; Luke 1:35).
We believe that Jesus accomplished our redemption through his death on a cross, sacrificing himself in our place. We are insured access to God and adoption as his children through Jesus' literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom 3:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24, 3:18; Eph 1:7).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person of the triune God who convicts the world of sin, secures our relationship with Jesus, aids the believer in understanding God's word, brings glory to the name of Jesus, and empowers the believer to live a transformed life (John 14:26, 16:8-11; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Rom 8:9; Eph 5:18).
We believe that all humans were created in the image and likeness of God. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve's willful, voluntary choice. They trusted their own evaluation of what was right and what would be good for them, rather than allowing God's words to define right and wrong. As a result, all of humanity has inherited a sinful nature and are separated from God. It is impossible for men and women to restore their relationship with God on their own merit. Grace found in Jesus is our only possible hope (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3,8-9, 12).
We believe that salvation is a gift from God and can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus; none of us are exempt from the corruption of sin. It is only through God's grace that Jesus went to the cross and died for the forgiveness of our sin (Eph 1:7, 2:8-10; John 1:12, 14:6; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for all of eternity. We have been adopted into God's family and can rejoice in the assurance of our salvation (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5).
The Ministry and Purpose of Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts. All believers are given spiritual gifts to edify the church and to impact an unbelieving world with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Each believer is responsible for the development and use of their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The Holy Spirit is present in an individual's life at the moment of conversion and establishes that believer as part of the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Cor 12:7,11,13; Eph 4:7-8).
It is imperative that the church holds fast to the truths of scripture but is fluid enough to translate the truth with relevance to a lost generation and culture. The church must offer an unbelieving world a clear and authentic representation of Jesus and allow them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life that only He offers. Healthy growth can only be experienced in the context of community. Those who have a personal relationship with Jesus find unity, purpose, and focus within the local church. It is in the body of Christ that community comes alive (1 Cor 3:9,16, 12:12-14; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).