Beliefs

About God...
There is only one true God existing in the form of three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. By his word he created all things—the universe and all forms of life existing within it. By his power he sustains and governs all that he created. God is eternal, all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, all-present, and sovereign.

Genesis 1:26–27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 38:1–41; Matthew 3:13–17; John 3:16; Romans 1:19–20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6

About Jesus Christ...
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to Mary while she was still a virgin. He is God and therefore shares all the characteristics of deity (see "God" above); and when he was born on earth through Mary, he became also fully human. His purpose for becoming human was to sacrifice himself for our benefit, paying the penalty for our sins. His resurrection testifies to his victory over sin and the reality of our own future resurrection. Our life and our hope are in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:22–23; John 1:1, 14; Acts 10:37–43; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Ephesians 2:4–8; Colossians 1:15–21; Hebrews 1:1–3

About the Holy Spirit...
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead and shares all the qualities of deity (see description of "God" above). He spoke by the prophets, guiding the writing of scripture. He guided the apostles of Jesus in all their teaching and instructions, which he then confirmed to be true through miraculous signs and preserved in the New Testament. He dwells in each Christian as a helper and guide. His abiding presence is the downpayment of our salvation and serves as a divine seal of protection and identification. He intercedes for us in prayer and he gives life to our otherwise dead spirits.

2 Peter 1:20–21; John 14:25–26; 16:12; Hebrews 2:1–4; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Ephesians 3:16–20; 5:18; Romans 8:9–16

About the Bible...
The Bible is God’s written word and was penned by men who were guided by the Holy Spirit to write its truths without error or contradiction. While all the Bible is inspired and beneficial to our spiritual understanding, the New Testament contains God’s revealed will for followers of Jesus. The Bible is all-sufficient in that it reveals to us everything we need to know for life and godliness.

Psalm 19:7–11; Psalm 119:105, 160; Luke 16:16; John 14:25–26; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:3, 20–21

About Man...
We are created in the likeness of God. Like God, we have a spirit, consciousness, self-awareness, and a sense of morality (conscience). We have the ability to think, to reason, to love, to form relationships, and to make rational decisions. In these ways, we are unique among the other earth-dwelling creatures God created. God chose to create us; and though we have sinned, he has also chosen to save us. Man's chief end is to the glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:1–24; Psalm 8:3-6; John 4:24; Ephesians 1:4–6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11

About Sin...
Sin is a failure to comply with God’s standard for right and wrong. Through nature and through the scriptures, God reveals how we should think and act, what we should value, how we should treat people, and how we should honor him. When we fail to meet God's standard, we sin. Sin brings spiritual death, a separation from God for which man has no cure. Sin entered the world at the beginning through Adam, and since then every person has sinned (except Jesus). Jesus came to save us from the consequences of our sin.

1 John 5:17; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; James 1:15; Matthew 1:21; 1 Timothy 1:15

About Salvation...
We need salvation from the consequences of our sin and new life. It is impossible for us to do anything to aquire either: we cannot work enough, be good enough, serve enough, or worship enough to undo our sins. God loves us, so he provided for the salvation we could not provide for ourselves. Jesus became human, lived a perfect life, and willingly stood in our place, paying the penalty for our sins. The Bible describes God’s act of love as “grace,” that is, a gift to us. We receive his gift when we place our faith in him and his ability to save. Believers commit themselves to live under Jesus' control and submit to baptism, an ordinance illustrating death, burial, and resurrection—the beginning of a new life in Jesus Christ.

John 3:16; 14:6; Acts 2:3739; Romans 3:10–11, 23; Romans 6:3-4; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Ephesians 2:1–10; Titus 3:3–8

About Discipleship...
Jesus calls us to be disciples, that is, students of his teaching who make it our goal to follow him. He does not call us merely to exchange some bad habits for some better habits or to adopt new worship rituals. He calls us bring our whole life, in all our values and activities, under his control. Paul describes the process as an emptying of oneself and so that we live a new life under his direction. Disciples of Jesus are always in the process of learning, making needed changes to their lives, and becoming more like Jesus.

Matthew 28:19–20; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1–4; Romans 6:1–6; Luke 14:25–33; Matthew 10:24–25; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29

About the Church...
The church is God’s spiritual family. It is made up of all those who are followers of Jesus. To belong to the church is to belong to Jesus, and vice-versa. The Bible uses the analogy that Jesus is the head of the church, which is his body. In a more local sense, the word “church” describes a group of Christians that function as a unit. God’s will is for Christians to assemble regularly for mutual strengthening and encouragement, to use their various gifts and abilities in ministry, and to further cause and values of Jesus' kingdom.

Matthew 16:15–18; John 17:20–23; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42–47; 1 Corinthians 12:1227; Ephesians 1:22–23; 2:19–22; 1 Peter 2:4–10

About Eternity...
We are spirit-beings housed in earthly bodies; thus, even after our physical bodies cease to function, we will continue to exist. Where we exist and the nature of our existence will depend on our relationship with God in this life. Those who respond to God's offer of salvation and follow Jesus will receive a glorious body and live forever with God. Those who reject Jesus will be punished in a place called Hell.

Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:21–23; 10:28; 25:31–46; Luke 16:19–31; John 14:1–6; Romans 6:23; Philippians 3:17–21; Revelation 20:15