We believe that the Bible, consisting of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God given by divine inspiration and is inerrant in the original manuscripts. The Bible remains the unchanging authority in matters of Christian faith and practice.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; that He is an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that within the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct Persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—equal and co-identical in every divine perfection, but executing distinct, harmonious functions in the great works of creation and redemption.
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, unable to remedy his lost condition.
We believe that personal salvation is a free gift from God that is appropriated by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. When we (as lost and helpless sinners) choose to place our trust in the Lord Jesus as our Savior we are instantaneously regenerated, justified and fully accepted in the Beloved (apart from any performance of deeds or rituals, and apart from formal or informal association with any and all earthly institutions, organizations or individuals). At the moment of conversion we simultaneously repent of our sins, trust in Christ alone, and begin to walk in newness of life.
Following Jesus Christ
We believe it is one thing to say you are a "christian" and another thing to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. Within our cultural context, it has generally been accepted to call yourself a christian and sometimes even popular. The New Testament teaches us in several places what it means to truly be a christian. Christians are still sinners, and they will have the need to grow in grace as long as they are in this life. The difference between a nominal christian and a true christian is that of true salvation. A true christian has God's grace in their life and evidences of the Holy Spirit of God dwelling in them. This will display itself in a life that is, although imperfect, distinctively following Jesus Christ in thought, action, and interaction.