Doctrine of God
We believe the Godhead exists eternally as the Trinity. God is revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being, who are eternally One.
Doctrine of Humanity
Mankind was created by God in His own image. Man disobeyed God and brought sin into the human race. Provoked by the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original innocence. This first sin resulted in all men inheriting a sin nature. Only the grace of God can bring man back into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. Because mankind was created in the image of God, every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and that one must repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus paid the full penalty of sin for all people on the cross, and salvation is available to all who will freely receive that gift of divine grace.
Doctrine of Scripture
The Holy Bible was written by men, inspired by God (literally God-breathed according to 2 Timothy 3:16), and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. God is its author; therefore it is wholly without error. The Bible reveals the depths of God’s love and is the unfolding story of His redemptive purpose. It is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice, the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be measured. Adhering to Scripture as our authority is the foundation for true Christian unity.
Doctrine of Church
A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Members of a local body are connected by covenant and governed by God's Word. Each believer within the body is called to exercise his/her gifts, talents, abilities, and resources for the edifying of the church and spreading of the Gospel. The church observes the two ordinances instituted by Christ, The Lord's Supper and baptism. The congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ, each member, first and foremost, being responsible and accountable to Jesus as Lord. Under His authority, elders (pastors, bishops) shepherd the congregation toward Christ, as outlined in Titus and 1 Timothy. Deacons are also prescribed by Scripture to serve the congregation as officers. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men who are qualified according to Scripture. The New Testament speaks of the church worldwide as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
Doctrine of Evangelism
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Doctrine of Restoration
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.