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The Bible. We believe the Scriptures, to be the inspired Word of God. We accept the Bible in its entirety as the sufficient and final authority for guiding man to faith in God through Jesus Christ and then to life in freedom and victory.

God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and that He has revealed himself in creation, conscience, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.

Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became fully man without ceasing to be fully God. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, and His perfect sacrifice for our sins through His shed blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He is now our High Priest and advocate.

The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is one of three Persons in the Triune God, active in the new birth of believers, and indwells in each believer. His ongoing ministry is to guide, instruct, fill, and empower the believer in all ways that glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

Man. We believe God created people in His own image, that humanity was intended to live in relationship with God, but that in Adam mankind fell into sin and only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, can relationship with God and true life be fully experienced now and eternally.

The Work of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

Salvation. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to humanity by grace (apart from any works) and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Upon receiving salvation, the person receives eternal life, and becomes a partaker of Christ's life. At the moment of faith Christ begins to indwell that person and that person begins to be in Christ. He becomes a new creation and obtains a new identity as a child of God.

Security of the Believer. We believe that truly regenerate believers, once made alive by the Holy Spirit, are secured by the completed work of salvation accomplished through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Just as the cross ensures the forgiveness of the believer, the resurrection of Christ assures that the believer will live forever in God’s Kingdom.

The Church. We believe that the Church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ. We believe that local churches are a proper visible expression of this greater body and a bearer, sign, and instrument of the Kingdom of God in this age. Communities of faith gather for worship, discipleship, spiritual exhortation, and encouragement.

Ordinances. We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church. They are not, however, to be regarded as a means of salvation.

End Times. We believe in the personal, imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that the hope of His appearing has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

Eternity. We believe in the physical resurrection of all men, and that the believer upon death enters immediately into the presence of the Lord to await the resurrection of the body to everlasting glory and blessing; while the unbeliever upon death, enters immediately into everlasting separation from God and awaits judgment, condemnation, and punishment.

Security of the Believer. We believe that truly regenerate believers, once made alive by the Holy Spirit, are secured by the completed work of salvation accomplished through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Just as the cross ensures the forgiveness of the believer, the resurrection of Christ further assures that the believer will live forever in God’s eternal Kingdom.

Christian Living. We believe that a believer has a choice to either cultivate a life centered on the flesh (a self-centered focus) or on the Spirit. We believe that a life centered on the flesh leads to sin and is contrary to a believer's true identity. When a believer sins, he should agree with God about the sin and turn from it because of the victory he has in Christ.

Marriage. We believe that God created marriage in the beginning, before any sin or rebellion entered the world, as a blessing for both man and woman. We believe that God's intent was that marriage be between one man and one woman as a covenant relationship to complement, serve, and sanctify one another. Accordingly, we reject any attempt to redefine marriage as a union between people of the same sex or as between more than one man and woman.

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