“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.”Rupertus Meldenius (often attributed to Augustine)
Essentials: areas of teaching that all true Christians accept as true and essential for faith and practice.
Doctrines: areas of teaching that a particular denomination or local church considers biblically accurate and significant.
Preferences: areas of teaching that reflect style, taste, and familiarity; but not binding for all.
We Believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are fully inspired by God (“God-breathed”), without error in the original manuscripts, and God’s special revelation to mankind.
(John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
We Believe the Bible is the authority and guide for all faith and practice.
(Psalm 119:9-16, 105-112; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:17)
We Believe the Bible constitutes the divine rule by which all people will be held accountable.
We Believe God is triune, eternally existing as one in essence, yet in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; John 17; 16:26)
We Believe God is one.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; John 17:2)
We Believe the Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in all power and authority.
(John 6:27; 20:28; 16:14)
We Believe Jesus is the 2nd person in the Trinity.
(Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 5:3-5)
We Believe Jesus is “God in the Flesh”.
(John 1:1, 14; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-6)
We Believe Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as a real man; that He is fully God and fully Man.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:6-14; Galatians 4:4-5)
We Believe this birth made him the perfect substitute and atoning sacrifice for our sins.
(Isaiah 53:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
We Believe Jesus rose up from the grave on the third day.
(Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4)
We Believe His resurrection is proof that all true believers will rise as well.
(1 Corinthians 15:20; John 6:39)
We Believe humankind was created in God’s image.
(Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 9:6)
We Believe Adam rebelled against God and passed sin to all of humankind.
(Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-14)
We Believed sin has ruined humankind and creation; and has separated us from God.
(Romans 7:18; 8:19-23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We Believe the human race is spiritually lost and separate from God because of sin.
(Genesis 3; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23)
We Believe salvation comes only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 3:18)
We Believe Jesus will come back to earth the way he left. (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We Believe the day of his return is not for us to know, but it could happen at any time. (Mark 13:33-37; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)
We Believe God will assign people to their eternal destination in the last days. (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29)
We Believe those who have chosen to rebel will be assigned to hell; a place of eternal torment. (Matthew 5:29-30; Revelation 20:10,15)
We Believe that those who have accepted the promises of God by faith will be assigned to heaven. (John 14:1-2; Revelation 21:1-4)