We believe that the Bible in its original manuscripts is the
inerrant word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe in the triune God (Matthew 28:19). The Father is God
(2 Corinthians 1:3). The Son is God (John 1:1, 14). The Holy Spirit
is God (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). The Father is not the Son (Luke
22:42). The Father is not the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). The Holy
Spirit is not the Son (John 14:16). Yet we believe that Christianity
is monotheistic – there is one God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 6:4). The
Godhead is three individuals united in being one God.
We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, and is God
made flesh. (Luke 1:31, Luke 1:34-35, John 1:14)
We believe that every individual has been created in the image
of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We also believe that every individual
has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We
believe that there is even a genetic element to our fallenness, that
we have somehow inherited from Adam the first man. We are
predisposed to love the forbidden and to have distaste for the holy.
We believe that God upholds justice and love by standing firmly
against our sin, and so each of us has incurred His good wrath
(Romans 1:18). We believe that if this justice is not addressed some
other way, we are liable and rightly to be sentenced to an
everlasting hell. (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:14-15)
We believe that we are completely forgiven all of our sins, past
present and future, because Jesus Christ has died for us, and has
taken the consequences of justice in our place . We believe that we
are justified fully and forever as a pure gift through Christ. This
is a gift to be received through simple unadorned belief (Romans
3:24-25, Romans 3:28, 1 Timothy 1:15).
We believe that communion, also known as “The Lord’s Table” or
the “Eucharist”, is a remembrance and proclamation of the Lord’s
death for us, and our reception of its propitiation through faith.
We believe we are to observe this often in remembrance and
proclamation of the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe that by virtue of Christ’s blood shed for us, God
pours out His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1, Romans 5:4-5). We believe that it is
impossible to strip Christian virtue and practice of the
supernatural unction of the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth
who teaches us and brings the Lord’s words to remembrance, and gives
us words to say in the moment that we need them (John 14:26,
John 16:13-15). He gives gifts individually to the members of the
congregation for the building up of the whole body (Romans 12:6-8).
We believe that by virtue of Christ’s blood we are granted
eternal life. Believers will live forever in fellowship with God
and with each other. (John 3:16)