We believe there is one divine being who has existed eternally. God is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He exists and reveals himself to humanity in three distinct, equally divine personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is the personification of pure love and deeply desires a personal, eternal loving relationship with us. Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
Jesus of Nazareth is the eternal Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus chose voluntarily to take on humanity, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, born both fully human and fully divine. He lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus has brought the kingdom rule of God into our world. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday. (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-18; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:1-11; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Jesus the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christ follower from the moment of salvation distinguishing us as children of God, guiding and transforming us in the way of Jesus. He provides us with the power to live a fruitful, victorious life, understanding of spiritual truth, and boldness in sharing the good news of Jesus with others. The Holy Spirit continuously transforms us into increasing holiness as we daily yield our will to his, desiring to be further changed into Christ’s image. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13;Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13 )
We believe the Bible is God’s “love letter” revealing his character to humanity. God divinely inspired human authors to communicate the values and principles which please him and are in our best interests. The Bible is accurate, reliable and completely trustworthy. We accept the Bible as our timeless authority in all matters of our faith and practice. (Mark 12:36; Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The church is a living organism that Scripture calls the body of Christ; Jesus is the head of the body that carries out his ministry in today’s world. The church is also called the “Bride of Christ,” the “community” or “gathering” and the “fellowship.” We believe the Spirit-empowered, Bible-based, Jesus-centered church is the primary vehicle God uses to represent Jesus and reach out to a hurting world.
(Colossians 2:19; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)