There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. God as Father reigns with providential care of His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all loving and all wise. God is Father to all those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with humankind, yet without sin. In His death on the cross He won the forgiveness of sin for all that believe. He was raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is Lord of all, the One and only Mediator between God and people. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination, He enables us today to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls people to the Savior and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.
Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation.
In the beginning we were innocent of sin and were endowed by our Creator with freedom of choice. By our free choice we sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, the first man and woman transgressed the command of God and fell from their original innocence. Their posterity now inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can bring a person into His holy fellowship and enable him or her to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created us, from conception, in His own image and that Christ died for us; therefore, every human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The Church is the body of Christ and as such all the redeemed in all the world, throughout every decade of history, are members. Jesus Christ lives in the world through the church, directing us to do His bidding as the head directs the body.
A local church such as ours is a body of baptized believers who are joined together by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We observe the two sacraments of Christ, are committed to His teachings, exercise the gifts given by the Holy Spirit, and seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation, every member equally participates in the ministry by using the gifts given them by the Holy Spirit. We are led by the Pastor and elect Deacons as lay spiritual leaders.
The Bible is God's true authoritative Word and is our only authority for faith and conduct.
The Bible is God's written Word. Its 40 authors, writing over 2,000 years of history, were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and in the same way the Holy Spirit inspires us today as we read it.
Salvation comes not by human achievement but by God's grace. Salvation means being in right relationship to God. It is freely given to all who have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
One gains salvation by agreeing with God about his or her own sinful nature, repenting of it, and receiving from Jesus forgiveness, cleansing and new life. Salvation comes not by human achievement but by God's grace.
Salvation, in human experience, involves three facets of God's work throughout our lives.
If you are unsure of your right standing with God, here is a simple prayer you can use. Read it and then make it your prayer.
Dear God, I've been living my own way. Now I want to live your way. I need you and I am now willing to have you take control of my life. I receive your Son, Jesus Christ, as my Savior and Lord. I believe He died for my sins and has risen from the dead. I surrender to Him and ask you to make me your child.
Baptism and The Lord's Supper are the two sacraments Jesus instructed His followers to keep. Baptism is the initiation rite into the Christian Faith. For an adult, it must follow a confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. For an infant, it is an expression on the part of the parents and the church that the child is received into the community of believers, and will be nurtured in the faith until the time when the child decides for him or herself to become a disciple of Christ. Further discussion of infant baptism is presented in a separate brochure.
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is a vivid reminder of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ with the bread and cup representing his flesh and blood. In taking it, we completely identify ourselves with him, and look forward to His second coming when we will see Him face to face.