is the Word of God, given by God to us so that we may know Him. The
Bible is composed of sixty-six books - thirty-nine books of the Old Testament
and twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Scripture in its entirety
originated with God, and He communicated His truth through and to human beings,
reflecting the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. The
Bible is the Word of God in the words of human beings, yet it is without error.
No other writings are similarly inspired by God. The Bible is the basis for our
knowledge of God and is the final authority as to how we are to live.
God... There is only
one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of God and the
characteristics of personality. God created the heavens and the earth, demonstrating the glory of His power,
wisdom and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His
creation, and by His providence He orders the affairs of human beings according
to His own wise, eternal plan. God created men and women in
His image and likeness, that we might be in relationship with Him. Our greatest
purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Our relationship with God was broken by sin. Ignoring His love and grace, we
divorced Him from our lives through our acts of disobedience. As a result, human
nature was corrupted, rendering us unable to please God. Our sinful nature
results in sinful actions, and we stand condemned before God, spiritually dead
and unable to alter our situation. We justly deserve Godís wrath for our sins. Our salvation from sin is
wholly a work of Godís free grace - not the result, in whole or part, of human
works or goodness - and it is appropriated by faith alone in Christ alone.
There is only one way of
salvation - by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.
The object of our faith and trust is Jesus Christ. Jesus was completely God, yet
in order to accomplish our salvation, He laid aside His privileges as God and
became a human being through His virginal conception and birth to a woman named
Mary. In becoming human, He never ceased to be God. Jesus Christ was fully God
and fully human.
On the cross, Jesus took upon
Himself the punishment for our sins. Christ died in our place, as our
substitute, suffering the hell that we justly deserved. In dying in our place,
He removed the guilt and condemnation of sin. As we trust in Him alone, we are
forgiven and are justified; that is, we stand before God "just-as-if-Iíd
never sinned." We are declared righteous before God as we accept the work
of Christ in our behalf.
Jesus truly died on the cross;
was buried; and was physically resurrected from death.
Jesus physically ascended to
heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He, the only mediator
between God and man, continually makes intercession for us.
Jesus will physically return to
fully establish His kingdom in the eternal plan of God.
The Holy Spirit...
The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ
is obedience to God, worked out in our lives by God the Holy Spirit.
Godís Spirit applies the
benefits of Christís work of redemption to those who trust Him. The Spirit
works to convince people of their sinfulness and need for the Savior, Jesus
Christ. The Spirit regenerates us; that is, He removes our spiritual deadness
makes us alive in Christ.
At the point of salvation, He lives in those who trust
in Christ, giving us the assurance of salvation, strength, wisdom and guidance.
The Spirit enables us to develop a Christ-like character to the glory of God.
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers are united with
one another. We become a part of His family, the Church. The Church is the
assembly of Godís people, redeemed by Christ and regenerated and empowered by
the Holy Spirit to do Godís work in the world.
There is one true universal
Church, which is composed of all people - living and dead - who have trusted in
Christ alone for their salvation without regard for organizational affiliation.
God commands us to assemble
together for worship, instruction, fellowship and encouragement. Whenever Godís
people meet in obedience to this command, there is a local expression of the
It is the responsibility of
each believer in Christ to keep the unity of the Spirit (since we are united
with Christ and with one another), to build up Christís church, to work with
other believers in showing concern for the needs of people everywhere, and to
fulfill Christís final command to spread the Good News of salvation throughout
fulfillment of Godís saving work embraces the whole person - physically and
At physical death, the believer
in Christ enters immediately into eternal conscious fellowship with the Lord.
The non-believer enters into eternal conscious separation from the Lord.
In the consummation of Christís
kingdom, the bodies of all the dead shall be raised, and all people will be
judged by God. God, who is all-knowing, will render perfect judgment on each
There is no condemnation for
those who have trusted in Christ because He has taken the punishment for their
sin and they have been declared righteous through Him. They will be resurrected
to eternal life in glorified bodies and will receive rewards for the quality of
their work in Christ.
Those who have rejected Christ
will be judged for their sinfulness. Because they didnít trust in Christís
saving work, they will be raised to everlasting condemnation and damnation,
being eternally separated from God and every indication of His blessing.
Knowing the realities of
eternal life through trusting in Christ and of eternal death through rejecting
Christ, God has commanded His people to communicate to others the Good News of
salvation in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone.
As followers of Christ, we are committed to...
Building a biblical
foundation for our lives.
Utter dependence upon God
and inter-dependence with other believers.
Independence of God or other
Christians is an unbiblical and unhealthy attitude that we must avoid.
In order for us to grow spiritually,
we need a balanced Christian experience which includes:
meaningful worship through gathering together for
instruction and fellowship;
a vital and consistent prayer-life;
Bible study which understands and applies Godís truth
to life, resulting in obedience;
accountability through relationships with other
Giving of our time,
abilities and resources in service to Christ and His Church.
As Christians, God has given each
of us spiritual gifts, natural talents and learned abilities which we can
use to help encourage others and enable them to grow in Godís grace.
has blessed us with resources that we can share to equip others.
As stewards of Godís gifts, we need to utilize everything God has given to us in
a way that honors Him.
Sharing the Good News of
salvation through Christ.