What is the Gospel?
Statement of Beliefs
THE TRI-UNE GOD
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine and distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is perfect in His love, exhaustive in His knowledge and wisdom, and has the power to do all things consistent with His nature.
We believe that God has graciously revealed Himself through the inspired words of the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We hold that these writings are inerrant in the original manuscripts, serve as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and offer believers everything necessary for life and godliness.
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. All people—regardless of their race, income level, intelligence, talents, or struggles— have intrinsic value and should be treated with dignity and respect. As image bearers, men and women have equal value before God and are tasked with using their gifts and talents to serve Him in both the church the public square.
We believe that because of Adam’s sin, the image of God in people is distorted but not lost. All people have disobeyed God willfully through sin, thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for redemption. All human beings are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.
THE PLAN OF GOD
We believe that from all eternity God, in his mercy, determined to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that all people—without exception—who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. While no amount of good works can earn salvation, good works serve as necessary evidence that a person has been born again.
We believe that the gospel is the good news that God has not left us to die in our sin; that He has sent his Son Jesus to rescue us. Without forfeiting his divine nature, Jesus became a man and lived a life of perfect love for and obedience to God—the life we should have lived. He then took sinners’ place on the cross and absorbed the wrath of God due our sin. Finally, He rose from the grave securing eternal life and righteousness for all who repent of their sin and trust in Him.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit is Himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that God’s new covenant people—the church—consists of those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and united to Christ through faith. God dwells in the church through the hearts of its members—believers—and entrusts the church with the ministry of reconciliation. The local church exists as an outpost of heaven where believers gather to worship, fellowship, grow in their knowledge of God, oversee one another’s faith and send one another out into the world to make disciples and show God’s love.
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water symbolizing the believer’s faith in and identification with a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Both baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal.
We believe marriage is designed by God to be a life-long unconditional covenant union between a man and a woman. Marriage exists for mutual sanctification and serves as a picture of Christ and the church to the watching world.
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. At that time, those who have not repented of their sin and trusted in Christ for salvation will suffer eternal punishment in hell. Those who have believed on Christ will be perfected—in both their body and soul—and enjoy the bliss and pleasure of being in God’s presence forever as they reign with Him in a New Heavens and New Earth.