A. General Statement
The New Testament church is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Bible, God's Holy Word. The doctrinal statements listed below are essential to our foundation.
B. The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, completely free from any error and is the absolute authority for the Body of Christ (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
1. God the Father
We believe in God the Father who is an eternal, infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful, personal Spirit who is holy and loving (Psalm 90:2, Acts 17:24, Matthew 11:21, Revelation 19:6, John 4:24, 1 John 1:5, 4:8). In majesty He reigns over all the universe, yet in love He is concerned for every individual (1 Peter 5:6-7). He is willing to forgive sin and give eternal life to anyone who comes to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3: 16).
2. God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (John 1:1). He is truly God and truly man (John 1:14). In His incarnation, He was born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-37). He encountered the struggles and temptations that everyone faces, yet He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He came to reveal God to us (John 1:18). His death on the cross provided substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind (2 Corinthians 5:21). He arose from the dead and presented Himself alive to His followers (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He ascended back into heaven where He makes intercession between believers and God the Father (Hebrews 9:11-24). Someday He will return to raise the Christian dead and translate living believers into heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Following the Great Tribulation on the earth, He will set up an earthly kingdom, judge the living and the dead, and create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 20-21).
3. God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Son (Acts 5:3-4, Matthew 28:19). The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to unbelievers and convicts them of sin. He baptizes new believers into the body of Christ, lives in every believer, sanctifies each believer for service, gives spiritual gifts to every believer, and seals their eternal life (John 15:26, 16:8, 3:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:13,6:19, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 1:13-14).
The greatest need of humanity is salvation. We are all sinners by nature and by choice and deserve the penalties of death and hell (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23,6:23). Salvation is based solely upon God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Every individual must receive forgiveness of sin through the death of Jesus and the shedding of His blood (Hebrews 9:11-28). Salvation is received when an individual repents of sin, places his faith in Jesus Christ, and surrenders to Jesus as Lord (Acts 3:19, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10). When a person becomes a Christian he is baptized into the body of Christ, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, empowered to live the abundant Christian life, and eternally saved (1 Corinthians 1:13, John 10:10, 27-28). Those who fail to receive salvation will spend eternity in hell (Luke 16:19- 31, Revelation 20:15).
E. The Church
The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ consists of every truly born again believer (Revelation 5:9-10). The local church is made up of baptized believers who have voluntarily joined together for the purposes of worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry (Acts 2). The local church is autonomous, fully responsible to follow the direction of Jesus through the Holy Spirit (Revelation 2-3). The ordinances of the church are baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).