Essentials & Non-Essentials
We embrace the following saying from Augustine:
In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials diversity, in all things charity.
In other words, we believe all doctrine is important but that common adherence on all points is not necessary for salvation or for participation and fellowship with our church community. The following are brief statements of belief on both essential and non-essential doctrines (the essentials that unite us are belief in the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, the physical return of Christ, and the authority and inerrancy of Scripture).
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; John 14:26; 16:12–15)
We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14;Matthew 28:19)
God The Father
We believe in God, the Father, a personal being, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. By His word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing (Revelation 4:11). Through the same word, He daily sustains all His creatures (Hebrews 1:3). He made all things for the praise of His glory and intends for man, in particular, to live in fellowship with Himself (Ephesians 1:12).
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God (John 1:1) and true man (Hebrews 2:14), having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34, 35). He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3;20:24–29), was bodily raised on the third day and ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1–9), where he is at the right hand of God the Father (Colossians 3:1). He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25, 26; 1 John 2:1; Philippians 2:5–7)
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and during this age to convict men (John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (John 3:5–8), indwell (1 Corinthians 12: 13), guide, instruct (John 14:26), and empower the believer for godly living and service (Ephesians 5:18–21)
We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) but fell into sin (Genesis 3) and is therefore eternally separated from God (Romans 5:12–21), and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and eternal spiritual life be obtained (John 3:5–8).
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed in His death on the cross, and His Resurrection from the dead provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe (Hebrews 9:22–28; Romans 4:25), and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (John 1:10–13; 3:5–8)
We believe the church is a spiritual community comprised of all who have trusted in Christ for redemption (Ephesians 5:25). The church is God’s imperfect people who are being perfected by grace and together cling to a perfect Christ (Hebrews 10:14).
We believe that water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age (Matthew 28:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the renewal of all things (John 14:3; Acts 3:19-21). We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the redeemed, and the endless suffering of the wicked (1 Corinthians 15:51–52; Matthew 25:31-46).