For the sake of unity, we hold to these essential beliefs:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again some day to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
See Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; and Titus 2:13.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift, or gifts, when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
See 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16, 16:7-13, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:1, 6; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; and Galatians 5:25.
The Bible is God’s word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because God inspires it, the Bible is the truth without any mixture of error.
See 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; and Proverb 30:5.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1, 2; and Romans 3:23.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be born again, saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his or her life by faith.
See Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; and Galatians 3:26.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure that salvation is for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
See John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; and 1 Peter 1:3-5.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.
See John 2:25, 3:16, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; and Matthew 1:8, 2:44, 46.
As believers, we recognize that we are in a war zone, not a playground. We have a real enemy—the Devil. When we become believers, our enemy does not cease his activity. Therefore, we recognize the armor of God as our protection from Satan and his demons. As believers, we have authority in Christ over all forces of evil.
See Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; John 10:10; and Luke 4:18-19, 9:1, 10:17-19.
The universal church is made up of all born-again believers. The local church is comprised of born-again believers who have joined together, as the Body of Christ, to serve God. The two ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
See Acts 2:41-47; Luke 4:18-19; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; and Matthew 28:18-20.
Baptism is a necessary step of obedience for every follower of Jesus Christ. Even Jesus submitted to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness.” Baptism symbolizes what has already happened in the hearts of new believers. After Jesus gave His life on the cross, He was buried and then later raised from the dead as a new person. In baptism, we too are symbolically buried in a grave of water and come out of the water as a new person. Our old self, the person we were before we met Jesus, is dead. Baptism is also a public statement of commitment, similar to a marriage ceremony. Through baptism, we are declaring to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ and have surrendered our lives to Him as our Lord and Savior.
See Matthew 3:13-16, 10:32, 33 and Romans 6:3-11, 10:9, 10.