The Holy Scriptures
God reveals Himself and His plan to save people primary in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore we believe that all 66 books of the Bible are inspired by God and are totally inerrant and infallible (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Peter 3:15-16).
We believe that there is one God (Deut 6:4; 1 Tim 2:5) who exists eternally in three distinct individuals (Gen 1:2; 1:26; 31:11-12; John 5:18-46; John 10:10; Acts 5).
Humanity and OUR Predicament
When God made humans, he made man and woman in his image. This gave and gives humanity inherent value and puts them a special place in the rest of creation. (Gen. 1:26-28)
However, Adam who is the original man chose to disobey God thus causing himself and every person born after him to fall into and remain in a state of perpetual sin. This state of perpetual sinfulness leaves man in a place where he cannot solve hisown problem of sin or to resolve the breach between he and God. (Isa. 64:6; Rom 3:10-19)
Through Jesus God’s answer to our predicament was the gift of His son Jesus Christ. God shows his love and grace toward humans by sending His son Jesus, who is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man, thus making Him the significant sacrifice to solve the human predicament. When He died on the cross, our sins were placed on Him and God’s punishment for our sins were poured upon Him. Thus his death satisfies God’s wrath. After Jesus died, He was raised from the dead. (Gen 3:15; 12:3; Deut 18:15-20; Isa 53; Rom 3:21-26).
Response to Jesus
Therefore salvation is provided to man by grace alone, through faith in Christ alone. When a person turns from their sin and believes in Jesus as the sufficient sacrifice for them, they are saved from God’s wrath, reconciled to Him, and are given the power to live a life in honor of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit. (John 1:1;14:6; Rom 6:5-11; Eph 2:8-9; 2 Cor 5:17-21)
Heaven is a real place that will be the eternal resting place in addition to a new earth for those who have trusted in Christ for eternal salvation (Rev. 21:1). Hell is a literal place of eternal torment created for fallen angels and all who do not know Jesus Christ in the pardon of their sin (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20).
When a person trusts Jesus Christ, he or she is grafted into the people of God known as “the church”. Jesus’ love and commitment to the collective community of the church is so strong that it is described in marital terms. The church is purchased with His own blood to be His stout and stealth representatives through a proper response to Him by being faithful through both life and lips. (Matt. 28:19-20; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-30; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 2:9)
Baptism & Communion
Baptism is to be immersed in water and brought back up (Mark 1:10). It identifies a believer with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection (Rom 6:1-7; Col. 2:11-12). It is performed in the name of the Trinity (Matt. 28:19-20). It is a public profession of an inward faith in Jesus and His work on the cross (Acts 2:41; 8:12; Gal. 3:27). It is ordained by our Lord and is therefore done in obedience to Christ and is thus a sign of true repentance and discipleship (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:38).
Communion was instituted by Jesus himself and is done to celebrate and proclaim the Lord’s death (1 Cor. 11:23-32). Eschatologically, it points to the banquet when Jesus returns for His bride (19:9). When it is taken the people of God should examine their hearts before the Lord and confess sin (11:28). I will practice it at every gathering.