What We Believe

There is one God in three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co­-existent, co­-equal and co­-eternal. One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is the foundation of Christian faith and all of life.

God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1). By His word and for His glory, He created the world out of nothing and daily sustains it. He is infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. He rules over all and, together with the Son and the Spirit, is the only Sovereign. He is faithful to every promise, works all things together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and, in His unfathomable grace, gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind’s redemption, to live in fellowship with Himself (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (Luke 3:22), is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:1,14), supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34). He is perfect in nature, teaching and obedience (Hebrews 4:15). He is fully God and fully man. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power (Colossians 1:15-­17). He is the image of the invisible God, the first­born over all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of God. He is the only Savior for the sins of the world, having shed His blood and died on a cross (Philippians 2:8). His death in our place revealed God’s love and upheld His divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). Having redeemed us from sin, on the third day, He rose from the grave, victorious over death and sin. Then, for a period of 40 days, He appeared to the disciples and over 500 witnesses. He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head the Church, His body, who anxiously awaits His return.

The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He compels men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord (1 John 1:9). By the same Spirit, a person is led to trust in God’s grace and mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within the regenerate. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son, Who, in turn, came to glorify the Father. He will lead the church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word (John 16:12-­14).

We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God, leading us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17). Being given and inspired by God, the Scriptures are an essential and infallible record of God’s revelation to mankind (2 Peter 1:20-­21). Therefore, as originally given, each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose as the Lord speaks through it. We are called to hunger and thirst for righteousness found in Jesus according to the Scriptures, which are breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16­-18).

God made man – male and female – in His own image, as the crown of creation so that man might glorify God through enjoying fellowship with Him (Genesis 1:26­-28). Having been given dominion over creation, man was called to joyfully cultivate family, land and every living thing that moves on the earth. To accomplish this task, God provided man with a woman as helper (Genesis 2).

Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God, separating the fellowship of man with God (Genesis 3). For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21; Romans 8:7-­8). Being set apart from his Maker yet responsible to Him, he became subject to God’s wrath, inwardly depraved and apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God (Colossians 1:21; Romans 8:7­-8). This depravity extends to his mind, will and affections, as he is enslaved in the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.

Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. He lived a sinless life to replace our sinful life (Hebrews 4:15). Christ paid a wrath­-absorbing death to free us from our death­-deserving life. He rose to eternal life defeating death and sin in order for us to inherit eternal life (Acts 17:30­-31). Christ’s death is a substitutionary sacrifice to God for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21­-31). It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. There is no other name by which men must be saved.

The proper response to the gospel is faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, a faith that is given by God and naturally accompanied by repentance from sin (Ephesians 2:8­-10; 1 John 1:9). While neither repentance nor works save, biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidenced by kingdom service (James 2:14). This response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory (Romans 8:29­-30). This gospel of grace through faith in Christ according to the Scriptures for the glory of God alone is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations.

Through Christ’s atonement for sin, an individual is reconciled to God as Father and becomes His child (Romans 8:15­-17). Anyone turning from sin in repentance and looking to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He is justified and fully accepted by God. The believer is forgiven the debt of his sin and via the miracle of regeneration, liberated from the law of sin and death into the freedom of God’s Spirit (Romans 8:1; Colossians 5:1). By grace, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that is in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

The Holy Spirit is the active agent in our sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in us as our minds are renewed and we are conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 12:1­-2). Though indwelling sin remains a reality, we are led by the Spirit as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord. We freely keep His commandments and endeavor to so live in the world that all people may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16). All believers are exhorted to persevere in the faith, knowing they will have to give an account to God for their every thought, word and deed. Our joyful obedience towards the spiritual disciplines of, but not limited to, Bible study and meditation, prayer and fasting, confession and repentance, are a vital means of grace in this regard leading to our pursuit of holiness. Nevertheless, the believer’s ultimate confidence to persevere is based in the sure promise of God to preserve His people until the end, which is most certain (1 Thessalonians 5:23­-24; Titus 2:11­-12; Jude 24).

The Holy Spirit empowers believers for the life of a disciple. The promise of the Father is freely available to all who believe in Jesus Christ, thereby enabling them to exercise the powers of the life to come in ministry and mission (1 Timothy 4:10; Romans 8:11). The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with power to testify and imparts His supernatural gifts for the edification of the body and the work of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner (Ephesians 4:11­-17; 1 Corinthians 12­-14).

God, by His Word and Spirit, creates the Church, calling sinful men out of the whole human race into the fellowship of Christ’s body. By the same Word and Spirit, He guides and preserves that new redeemed humanity. The Church is not a religious institution or denomination. Rather, the Church is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ by the power of the gospel. The Church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It also exists to serve Him by faithfully living out His will on earth. This involves a commitment to see the gospel preached and churches planted in the entire world for a testimony. The ultimate mission of the Church is worship, and the means by which this is accomplished is the making of disciples through the preaching and embracing of the gospel (Matthew 28:18­-20). Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper and prayer (Acts 2:42­-47).

All members of the Church are to be a vital and committed part of a local church. In this context, they are called to walk out the New Covenant as the people of God and demonstrate the reality of the kingdom of God. The ascended Christ has given gift ministries to the Church (including prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) for the equipping of Christ’s body so that it might mature and grow (Ephesians 4:11-­16). Through the gift ministries, all members of the Church are to be nurtured and equipped for the work of the ministry. In the context of the local church, God’s people receive pastoral care and leadership and the opportunity to employ their God­-given gifts in His service in relation to one another and to the world.

Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin (2 Corinthians 5:17). As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death (Luke 22:14­-23). As we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of faith and self­-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 11:17­-34). At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.

The consummation of all things includes the glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the transformation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 21:1). In the consummation, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment in Hell. The righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Jesus Christ forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, Who makes all things new (Colossians 1:20; Revelation 21:5).