In Essential Beliefs
We have unity. There is one Body and one Spirit... There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all... (Ephesians 4:4-6)
The Essentials We Believe
The sole basis for our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it speaks. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each possessing all the attributes of deity.
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit. He will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin, convicts believers of righteousness, and convicts Satan of his coming judgment. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to be like Jesus in the world. John 16:8-11, Acts 1:8, 1st John 4:17
The Church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. The Church is the body of Christ. She is to be Jesus to the world. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
In Non-Essential Beliefs
We have liberty. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
In All Our Beliefs
We show charity. …If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains—but I have no love, I amount to nothing at all. (1 Corinthians 13:2 PH)