1. We believe in the inerrancy, infallibility, and the divine inspiration of the Bible.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16,ESV
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21,ESV
2. We believe in the majesty and sovereignty of God.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your qname in all the earth! You have set your rglory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1, ESV
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, Acts 4:24, ESV
3. We believe God created the universe out of nothing.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1, ESV
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3, ESV
This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself. Isaiah 44:24, ESV
4. We believe that man and woman were created by God in the image of God with intrinsic value and dignity. Therefore we believe in the sanctity of all human life.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. Genesis 1:26,ESV
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31,ESV
5. We believe in the sinfulness of mankind who is unable to please God or save themselves.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23, ESV
6. We believe in God’s gracious plan of salvation through his son, Jesus Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV
7. We believe God gives (imputes) the salvation earned by Jesus to us through the Holy Spirit.
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:5, ESV
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:14-17, ESV
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God […] For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us.) Hebrews 10:12,14 and 15, ESV
8. We believe in the doctrine of salvation, which emphasizes both the responsibility of man and the sovereignty of God.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. John 10:14-16, ESV
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— Ephesians 1:4-5, ESV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30, ESV
as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.” Romans 3:10-12, ESV
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48, ESV
9. We believe in the perseverance of the saints.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:27-30,ESV
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6,ESV
10. We believe in Covenant Theology.
We believe that God has made promises to his people, those promises come in the form of covenants. Covenants from God establish a relationship with his people where he makes promises, reveals who he is, and offers salvation from our sins. We believe that there are many covenants in scripture, but they fit together into one Covenant of Grace to show how God has made it possible for sinners to be in relationship with a Holy God throughout all of time. All the promises in the Covenant of Grace are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We believe that this theological trajectory is a faithful expression of the teachings of scripture.
And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. Genesis 17:7, ESV
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; Exodus 19:5, ESV
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34, ESV
11. We believe there are two sacraments for the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all vwho are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:37-39,ESV
And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:22-25, ESV
12. We believe in the bodily second coming of Jesus Christ who will judge and rule over all creation. The first heaven and first earth having passed away, God will create a new heaven and new earth that He has prepared for his people where he will dwell with them forever.
Then I saw ya new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Rvelations 21:1-5, ESV
Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying nevery rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:24-26, ESV
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. […] “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels […] And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Matthew 25:1-46, ESV