A. GOD - There is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the universe and all living things, thus revealing the glory of his power, wisdom and goodness. (Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:20; 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 1:4-6; 4:11)
B. JESUS CHRIST - Jesus Christ is true God and true man, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died in our place on the cross, and rose bodily from the grave. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where he, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for his own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (Matthew 1:18-25; 24:37-44; John 1:1-3; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Hebrews 9:24; Revelation 19:11-16)
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who works in convicting people of sin. In the life of the believer, He is involved in the new birth, the sealing of salvation, dispensing of spiritual gifts, and developing holiness (John 3:5-6; 14:16-17; 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:13-14).
D.THE BIBLE - The Bible in its entirety originated with God, and it was given through the instrumentality of chosen human authors. The Bible is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. The Bible is infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. (Psalm 119:89; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
E. HUMANITY - God made humankind in his own image but, through Adam, humankind fell into sin. Because we are now sinners, both by nature and by choice, only God’s favor through the work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit can restore us. (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; John 5:40; Romans 3:9-10, 19-23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 John 3:8) All humans, while sinners by choice and nature, still carry within them the image of God and as such are sanctified by their Creator. All human life, therefore, including that of babies in the womb, the aged and the infirm is to be valued, protected, and cared for.
F. SALVATION - Salvation comes to us only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from any human merit. Jesus Christ is the only ground for our legal standing before God which includes both forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once made children of God by adoption and grace, we will never cease to be his children. (John 1:12, 5:24; 6:37-44; Romans 3:20, 27-28; 5:1-7; 7-8; 10:9-10, 13; 1 Corinthians 1: 29-31; 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-5; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 2:19; Jude 1:24).
G. THE CHURCH - All those who have experienced salvation are members of the Church universal which is the body of Christ. The Bible commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and the Lord's Table, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and every local church has the right under Christ to govern itself. Under the watch care of elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity. (Matthew 16:18-19; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 13:1-3; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:1-16, 5:25-27; Colossians 1:17-18; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 5:1-2)
Christ Commands baptism and the Lord’s table. Water baptism is an outward sign of the forgiveness of sins and cleansing from sin which the Holy Spirit has and will continue to perform in the believer. Baptism, however, does not in any way merit salvation for the believer. The Lord's Table is regularly observed as the table of acceptance, of forgiveness, of celebration and of responsibility, at Christ's request until his return.
(Matthew 28:19; 1Corinthians 11:24-27; Ephesians 2:8; Colossians 2:11-13)
H. MARRIAGE– Marriage is the original and foundational institution of human society, established by God as a one-flesh, covenantal union between a man and a woman. It is intended to be lifelong (until separated by death), exclusive (monogamous and faithful), generative in nature (designed for bearing and rearing children), and is to reflect the relationship between Christ and His Church.
I. HUMAN DESTINY - All people will experience the resurrection--believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for their obedience and unbelievers will be eternally separated from God into condemnation. (John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15)