is one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Colossians 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming (Romans 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children (1 John 1:3). Jesus of Nazareth is the incarnation of God the Son. He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven, where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is the head of the church.
works actively in the world seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the church. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart, which results in Christlike character expressed in private and public conduct and action.
(the Old and New Testament scriptures) is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that scripture is the authoritative revelation from God by which we know God's will and Christ's authority. We seek to assert what the scriptures clearly assert and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent, through authorial intent, and we seek to apply its teaching to the contemporary church and culture.
were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and must rely on God's grace and forgiveness. Every human is made in the image of God, a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.
is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. One accepts Christ as Savior through a conversion process that includes faith, repentance, confession, baptism, and remaining faithful (Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 10:9).
a believer is immersed, crucified and buried with Christ (Romans 6:3-4), receives forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), is resurrected (Colossians 2:12) and clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27), and becomes saved (1 Peter 3:21) because of God's free gift of grace received by faith.
is the celebration of the New Covenant, in which the Christian community remembers Christ and celebrates the covenantal relationship they have with Him and with each other. Congregations in the fellowship typically celebrate the Lord's Supper at least weekly (1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 20:7).
is a time when Christ will personally come again as Savior and Judge of the world. At that time, there will be the bodily resurrection of the dead believers to eternal life with God and unbelievers to eternal judgment. Sin will be no more, and believers will live in fellowship with God forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15).