We believe that the source of the Bible’s revelation is God (2 Peter 1:20-21). 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The whole of Scripture has been given to us by God and was penned by men who were influenced and directed to write by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Further, the Scriptures are without mistakes in their original manuscripts. As the original authors of Scripture wrote what was revealed to them by the Spirit, their writings were written exactly as the Spirit intended. Since the Bible conveys God’s message to mankind, the Bible carries authority and mandate for obedience..
We believe there is one God who exists in three person; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three is of the same substance, essence and nature. Each shares the same omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and omnibenevolance. Each also operates in a distinct role, though they are collectively one God. The Father is God Almighty and the creator of all. Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father, eternally existing and not created. The Son was sent to Earth by the Father and was born of a virgin, The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Son and indwells believers at the moment of conversion. The Holy Spirit also guides and illuminates the Scriptures for those whom he indwells (John 14:16-17). The trinity is eternal so there have always been Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and all of them have always been divine. (Genesis 1:26, John 1, Colossians 2:9, John 17:22, Titus 3:4-7)
Jesus Christ is the Messiah, God incarnate, the Son of God. Jesus was sent by the Father, died and was resurrected as the substitutionary atoning sacrifice for the sins of all of mankind. He is the only begotten, but not created, Son of the living God. His primary work in redemption was to offer new life and to restore the relationship between God and man, for those who believe in Him. Jesus was both fully God and fully man during his Earthly ministry. Following his death, burial, resurrection and ascension, he now sits at the right hand of God. He will return to Earth and will judge the nations at a time determined by the Father. (John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 1:6)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, along with God the Father and Jesus the Son. The Holy Spirit is a person, not simply a force, and we can relate to the Holy Spirit personally. The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit carries out a variety of functions including indwelling believers at conversion, convicting people of sin, empowering people to live a holy life, empowering people to perform signs, illuminating the Scriptures for people to understand and to change human hearts. The Holy Spirit came to indwell believers following the ascension of Jesus, on the day of Pentecost. (Luke 24:45-49, Acts 1:8, John 3:6-8, Ephesians 1:13-14)
Man and woman were created by God. God created mankind in “his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26),” therefore all human life is significant to God. Both male and female were created in God’s image so both have equal value in the sight of God. In Genesis 3, man and woman violated the command of God and thus introduced sin and death into the world. From this one sin by Adam, all men are born into sin. The Apostle Paul states in Romans 5:12 that, “just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Man is made up of a body and Spirit. At the time of death, the Spirit separates from the body only to be reunited in the end times with one’s glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:42-53).
We believe that mankind has a sin problem that has left us separated from a relationship with our Holy God. At the time of conversion, when one trusts in Christ, a believer is considered justified, meaning they are declared righteous in the sight of God (Romans 5:1). It was the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that secured the salvation of believers and is the basis for justification (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The means of salvation is by the free grace of God and through faith in Jesus Christ as the savior of mankind. Additionally, at the time of conversion and the indwelling of the Spirit, one’s desire to live righteously stems from a regenerated heart (Titus 3:5). This brings about a change in the affections of believers from loving sin to desiring to live holy. Sanctification is the ongoing, maturing process whereby a believer is transformed increasingly to mirror the person and work of Christ. Sanctification is superintended by the Holy Spirit but the believer is exhorted to remove sinfulness and to press towards holiness (Philippians 2:12).
The church is the called out followers of Jesus, set apart to carry out the “Great Commission” of reaching the lost for Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). The church consists of followers of Jesus who gather together for the purpose of hearing and understanding the teachings of Scriptures, fellowshipping with one another, praying together and celebrating the ordinances of baptism and communion (Acts 2:42). The church is the group that God has designated during this age, to preserve, proclaim and pass to future generations the good news of redemption through Jesus Christ. The church is also bears the responsibility to disciple members to maturity in their sanctification process (James 5:16).
The doctrine of the end times includes: the assurance of Jesus Christ’s bodily return to Earth to avenge evil, the resurrection of the dead, judgement and eternity. Prior to his return, there will be a seven year tribulation period where the anti-Christ/man of lawlessness will deceive people on Earth (Matthew 24:21). Jesus will return to judge the nations following this period of great tribulation (1 Thessalonians 3:13). Not only will believers receive a glorified, resurrected body when Jesus returns, but they will also be judged at the judgement seat of Christ to determine what rewards will be given for the works done during life (2 Corinthians 5:1-10). Non-believers will face a final judgement, the “white Throne judgement” and will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire along with Satan (Revelation 20:12). Finally, believers will live eternally in a new Earth with Jesus.