We affirm the following creed, taken from the early days of the church...

 

 

--The Nicene Creed--

 

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father. And he will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Our Core Beliefs  --  in more detail

 

On God
We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, holy, and eternally co-existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–who are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.

 

On the Authority of Scripture
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are God breathed. The original manuscripts are inspired, inerrant, and trustworthy Word of God.  They reveal God’s will for the salvation of human beings, and are the final authority for all matters.

 

On God the Father
We believe in God the Father, who is an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love; He mercifully concerns Himself in the affairs of mankind; He hears and answers prayer; and saves all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

 

On Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God.  He is God's only begotten Son, conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed. He pre-existed with God in the form of God. He freely gave up His position, humbled Himself, and became incarnated as a man. We believe Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind.

 

On the Atonement
We believe the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the atonement of our sins and His bodily resurrection provide the only ground for justification, forgiveness, and salvation for all who believe that He is the Son of God.

 

On Salvation
We believe that accepting and confessing Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God and asking Him to forgive our sins results in the regeneration of our lives. (Galatians 3:19; 1 John 3:9). This 'new birth' causes us to become new creations in God. This "born again" experience does not make our decisions and actions immediately perfect; it is the beginning of a new way of life that allows God, in His faithfulness, to conform us into His nature (Romans 5:10; Philippians 1:6).

 

On the Resurrection
We believe Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father, forever making intercession for His people. His resurrection is the first-fruits promise of the resurrection into eternity for all who believe in Him.

 

On the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is God. He inhabits everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and is the agent of regeneration and sanctification for all Christians. He makes God’s presence real to us. He teaches, comforts, guides, convicts, and empowers believers to live lives that honor God.

 

On Communion
We believe the Lord's Supper is a holy ordinance that testifies of our union with Christ and the canceling of our sins through His crucifixion and death on a wooden cross. Partaking of the Lord's Supper in a corporate or church setting also testifies of our relationship with each other as the Body of Christ.  We hold Communion on the first Sunday of each month as part of the morning service.

 

On Water Baptism
We believe that water baptism should be by immersion and done soon after accepting Jesus sacrifice for our sin and His authority over our life. This ordinance is a public statement of faith that we believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

On the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an additional impartation that empowers, strengthens, and comforts believers.  It is usually accompanied by manifestations of the Holy Spirit (or spiritual gifts) in the believer's life. These gifts are available to all who believe.

 

On Christ’s Second Coming
We believe in a literal, physical, and visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth where He will establish His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. Only those who have made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior, will spend eternity with Christ.

 

On the Purpose of Faith

We believe true faith is born in a believer’s heart (or spirit). God requires us to exercise faith for our salvation as well as for all other issues in His Kingdom. In exercising our faith, we lift our focus above the temporal, terrestrial realm to the eternal, celestial realm.