Core Convictions

believeani4We believe in the distinctive principles of the Christian Faith: One God, Creator and Lord, who reveals Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-18; Galatians 4:6; 2 Peter 1:17). We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, truly God and truly man, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified for our sin, raised from the dead for our salvation, who will return to complete God’s loving purpose. (Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14‑15; John 1:1-3,14). We believe in the Holy Spirit, God’s presence in the world for creating life, convicting sin, producing and sustaining faith and fulfilling His will. (John 14:6-13; John 16:13; Galatians 5:16, 25; 1 John 5:7).

We believe in the Gospel, the Good News that God has not left us alone in our sin and weakness, but has come in love through His Son to offer us reconciliation to Himself. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:26-28; James 1:27, 2:8)

We believe in the Scripture, the faithful and sufficient witness to God’s work and the supreme authority for Christian faith and life. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

We believe that God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works. Such redemption is received by human individuals as God’s gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Through Christ the believer becomes a new creation, whose mind and will are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from loving sin, to loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving all people as we love ourselves. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:8-22; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Matthew 22:37-38)

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ called by God to be His People. We are to live a life of obedience, freedom, and love, commissioned to proclaim the Gospel to all persons, and should be responsive to God’s purpose to bring hope for the world. (Matthew 16:15-19; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:23-25; I Corinthians 6:19). We believe that Jesus Christ will return visibly, at which time He will raise the dead and judge all people. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God as they participate in the fullness of His eternal reign, while unbelievers will suffer eternal separation from God. (Matthew 24:29-31, 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelations 20:4-6, 11-15).