Doctrinal Statement

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God

There is one all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present creator God.  This eternal triune God exists continually as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  To Him we owe worship, love, obedience, and service.

Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 6: 44-46; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1; Hebrews 9:14; Revelation 19:6; Psalm 147:5; Psalm 139: 7-12; Psalm 96:9; Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 18:4; Matthew 4:10.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who is co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  He was born of a virgin, was fully God and fully man, lived a sinless life and was crucified for our sins.  He rose from the dead and faith in Him provides reconciliation for our sins.  He will one day return to judge the world and draw all of His creation unto Himself.

John 1:1; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2: 6-8; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1: 31-35; Matthew 18:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1John 3:5; Acts 10:41; Romans 5: 6-11; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28; 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57; Revelation 19: 11-21.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is fully God and co-equal with the Father and Son.  He inspired the authors of Holy Scripture.  The Holy Spirit is active today revealing God’s truth to His world, illuminating God’s word to His people, and indwelling, empowering, convicting, guiding, comforting, gifting and sealing God’s people.  The Holy Spirit works today to glorify Christ and draw people towards the Savior.

Psalm 139:7; 1 Corinthians 2: 10-11; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 1:8; John 14:16; John 16: 13-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1: 13-14.

Salvation

Salvation is offered freely to all who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, who by His blood obtained eternal redemption to all who believe.  We are justified, sanctified and ultimately glorified through Christ and His grace.  There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ.

John 1: 10-13; John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 3: 21-25; Romans 8; Ephesians 1: 3-14; 1 John 1:9.

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God.  The Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God as His revelation to mankind.

1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; 2 Peter 3:2; 1 Peter 1: 10-12; 1 Corinthians 2:4.

Humanity

Humanity is a special and sacred creation of God made in God’s own image.  All people are free moral agents capable of choosing between good and evil.  Through Adam all people inherit a sin nature and validate that nature when we become morally capable.  Thus, all people need the forgiveness of sin that can only come through Jesus Christ.  Because Jesus died for all, all people are of value and worthy of respect and love.

Genesis 1: 26-27; Psalm 8:5; 1 Corinthians 7:24; Romans 8: 5-6; Romans 12: 1-2; Romans 5: 12-14; Romans 1: 18-32; Romans 3: 23; Romans 6:23; Psalm 139: 13-16; Matthew 22:39.

The Church

The universal Church is the Body of Christ, and the local church is a unique and autonomous representation of Christ’s body.  The local church is where we equip and encourage one another to know Christ as true worshippers, seek Christ as true disciples and serve Christ as true missionaries.

Matthew 16: 18-19; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Timothy 3: 1-5; 1 Timothy 5:17; Matthew 28: 19-20; Ephesians 4: 11-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Colossians 1:18.

Marriage and Family

God established marriage as a covenant before God between one man and one woman.  The husband is the spiritual head of the home and should lead his family to follow Christ through his example of service and sacrifice.  Husbands and wives should submit to one another in love, and serve one another as Christ commands.  Parents are responsible for leading their children to follow Christ and teaching them about God through their example, counsel and instruction.

Genesis 2: 20-25; Ephesians 5: 21-33; 1 Peter 3: 1-7; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Deuteronomy 4: 9-11; Deuteronomy 11: 18-21; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9.

The End of Days

Jesus will come again to judge the earth and establish his eternal kingdom.

Matthew 24-25; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17; Revelation 19 – 20. Psalm 98:9; 1 Peter 1: 10-11.