We have no creed but the Bible. Here is a brief statement of our core beliefs that reflects our understanding of biblical teaching:
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors who were divinely inspired. It is true, without mistakes as originally written, revealing God’s plan for salvation. It is our sole source of truth and authority for Christian living.
God: We believe there is one living and true God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator and Ruler of all things.
Jesus: We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. He was miraculously born of a virgin; lived a sinless life; willingly offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross; was bodily resurrected after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death; ascended to the right hand of the Father; and will return again to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
People: We believe human beings were created by God uniquely in His own image. Human life is sacred and all people are worthy of respect and Christian love. All people have chosen to disobey God and thus are sinners by nature and practice, deserving of the punishment of eternal spiritual death, which is separation from God. We all are in need of God’s forgiveness and salvation.
Salvation: We believe salvation is possible only through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sins and all who believe in Him find forgiveness and are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death on the cross on our behalf. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvements or good works. A person comes into right relationship with God and receives His free gift of eternal life the moment he/she chooses to turn from their sin and place their faith in Jesus. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian – one cannot “lose” his or her salvation.
Eternity: We believe in the eternal existence of everyone who ever has lived, either in the everlasting blessedness of being in right relationship with God in heaven, or in the everlasting punishment of those separated from God by their sins in hell. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.