WHAT WE BELIEVE
There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.
Jesus is the Son of God, meaning he is co-equal with the Father. He is the express image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, by being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the grave after three days, demonstrating his victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is creator, and is present in this world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Savior, Jesus Christ. People are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Jesus Christ. He provides people with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under his daily control.
People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. Through willful transgressions and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self improvement can make up for our sins. Salvation is the free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, believing and trusting Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.