a. We believe that there is only one God who is singular in nature but has manifested Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each manifestation has distinct personal attributes but operate as one God.
b. Father – God the Father reigns over all history and is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. He created and loves humanity and has set out to redeem humans to himself.
c. Son – Jesus is the Son of the Father and has been for eternity. He came to earth as a baby born to a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for the sins of mankind, and rose from the dead on the third day of His death. Jesus is the one mediator between mankind and God – there is no other way to God than through Jesus.
d. Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit on earth working through the lives of His children. He is the deposit given to God’s children to seal them until the day of their eternal redemption.
People were created in the image of God and God loves each person. However, a person’s sin separates him from God – creating a barrier to fellowship and a barrier to eternal life in the presence of God. Furthermore, despite people’s attempts otherwise, a person is personally incapable of overcoming this barrier created by sin.
a. Salvation is the removal of the barrier created by sin that separates people from God. Despite all of people’s attempts to obtain salvation, Jesus is the only way that God has allowed for salvation to be obtained. Through Jesus and no other way, people can be restored to God, receiving the deposit of the Holy Spirit, and receiving the promise of eternal life with God for eternity. God has chosen that any person who does not choose salvation through Jesus will spend eternity away from God, which the Bible describes as both punishing and eternal in nature.
b. Salvation is the result of God calling a person to faith in Jesus and that person responding in faith. In a mysterious way, salvation is a gift of God, but also requires faith on the part of the person. Faith is made evident by repentance from sin and acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God and as Lord over ones life.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is without error as delivered from the Holy Spirit to its human authors. The Bible is the final revelation from God to people as it outlines mankind’s sinful condition, God’s solution through Jesus, and the eternal rewards and consequences for mankind. As the inspired, inerrant Word of God, the Bible has all authority over Christians and the church. There are no additional books or traditions that equal the authority of the Bible.
Church Practice and Interpretation
The church is the body of Jesus on earth. As a whole, its members are comprised of all of the world’s Christians and its purpose is to do and act the works that Jesus would do and act if He were on the earth today. In addition, local groups of Christians act as local bodies of Christ – as local congregations whose function is to act as the body of Christ in their community. As members of a local congregation, Christians are to exhort and encourage each other to grow in their faith and to demonstrate their faith through their works. The Bible also establishes leadership roles for local congregations.
a. Water baptism is a public testimonial for those people who have decided to have faith in Jesus as their Savior from sin and to make Him the Lord of their lives. Baptism is a first step after salvation, though salvation is not defined by baptism. However, most biblical accounts of salvation are accompanied by baptism. Therefore, baptism should be a part of a person’s decision to have faith in Jesus and living ones life as a disciple of Jesus.
b. We practice baptism by immersion as it most accurately illustrates ones identification with Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection. Since baptism is non-salvific and since baptism by immersion is not clearly identified as the only means of baptism, we reserve the right to acknowledge baptisms of people done by other methods and acknowledge that there might be extreme circumstances that warrant our church baptizing someone using other methods.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is given by Jesus to Christians to remind us of His sacrifice for our redemption. Biblically, the bread and wine represent the body and blood of Jesus, broken and shed for us on the cross. Communion is to be only taken by Christians in a worthy manor.
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While we make no official stand as to what spiritual gifts might have been special to the early church and what spiritual gifts persist until today, we choose as a church not to practice speaking in tongues and other charismatic practices in our services or small groups. In addition, we don’t believe that such charismatic practices are necessary evidence of ones salvation.
Biblical Stand on Cultural Issues
The Bible clearly identifies several ways that Christians should and shouldn’t conduct themselves. The purpose of good Christian conduct is not to gain salvation but rather to live as a disciple of Jesus – living and acting as Jesus would. In addition, the many cultures of the last 2000 years have permitted behaviors that conflict with biblical teachings about Christian conduct. Rather than identify each area that is a current cultural issue and address it as a doctrinal issue, we choose to restate that we believe the Bible is inerrant and the final authority from God. As such, we choose to make our moral and ethical decisions based on the teachings of the Bible, even when those teachings conflict with our culture.