While we affirm that many historic doctrinal positions are argumentative and non-essential, a church can only be a church if foundational positions are taken on the essentials. While much more could be said, we have listed summaries of what we believe below.
The Bible is God’s Word, in written form, which communicates truth to us. It is inspired by Him, fully authoritative, and without error. We can trust it in every circumstance and situation.
2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21
God has always existed in perfect power and holiness. He is Creator of the universe, and He still rules over every aspect of creation today. He exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4
Jesus Christ is God’s Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. He lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and after three days, He defeated sin and death as He rose from the grave. He will return one day to rule and reign.
John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22
the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ, and He indwells every believer from the time of salvation. He empowers Christians to live a supernatural life.
Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14
Because of our sinful nature, the Bible teaches that mankind cannot enter into heaven, no matter how good of a life he or she may have lived. Jesus Christ came to earth to take the punishment for the sin of all mankind. Our only hope for salvation is faith in Jesus, who died for our sins, and made a way for us to gain the righteousness required to live eternally with God in heaven.
Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 3:10-23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9
The Bible teaches that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. A local church is made up of baptized followers of Jesus Christ. The church should live out the mission of Christ as His body.
Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47, Colossians 1:8, 1 Peter 5:1-5
Baptism and the Lord's supper
Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two rituals of worship that Jesus expects the church to practice. Baptism is the act of immersing someone in water upon receiving the salvation of Jesus Christ, which symbolizes that our old life have been crucified with Christ, buried, and now have new life in the power of His resurrection. The Lord's Supper symbolizes the body of Christ that was broken on the cross for our sins, represented by eating a piece of bread, and the blood that was shed on our behalf, represented by drinking from a cup of juice. Although these two rituals are symbolic, they have deep meaning for the obedient follower of Christ, calling us to remember the Sacrifice Jesus made for our freedom.
Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:9, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12, Luke 22:17-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26