Does it really matter what a church’s leadership believes and teaches? Absolutely. Jesus
came up with the idea of a “church” and has a unique purpose and mission for us to
fulfill. It’s extremely important that we, as a church, believe, teach, and live out the truth
that Jesus taught and endorsed. If you’re a believer seeking to connect with a church
family and are considering membership, a church’s doctrinal beliefs are the first and most
important factor in your decision.
We want to be able to convey what we believe in two ways. First, we offer a “short
version” that captures not only what we believe, but why it’s important to us. And
second, we offer a “detailed version” that is purposely more technical and more detailed
because, when it comes to doctrine, precision and clarity matter deeply. Read the short
version and study the detailed version.
God is real. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and totally in charge of the direction history
is moving. He is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created everything and
everyone and every person matters deeply to Him. Everyone has sinned, so everyone
needs Jesus, who died for our sins, rose again from the dead, and is coming back.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Heaven and hell are real, as are angels and demons, including Satan. The Holy Spirit
lives in every believer and empowers and gifts us to live and serve. The Bible, which is
God’s Word, is both true and powerful.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless
human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on
a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and
death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of
Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to
make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in all of us from the moment
of salvation. He provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and
guidance in doing what is right. We seek to live under his control daily.
We believe the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the
original writings, complete as to the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the
supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the
supreme object of God’s creation. Although humanity has tremendous potential for good,
Humanity was created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God
by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated
from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are
places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
Salvation is a free gift from God to humanity. We can never make up for our sin by self-
improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of
forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one
receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.
Because God gives humanity eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in
salvation for eternity as long as one keeps trusting in Jesus. Salvation is maintained by
the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
We believe and have experienced that through the sacrament of Baptism, which is
commanded by Jesus, God adopts us as His children. Because being part of God’s eternal
family is entirely His doing and not our own, and because all humans are born with a
sinful nature, we affirm the practice of baptizing infants as well as adults.
We believe that in the sacrament of Holy Communion, God comes to love and forgive us.
Through this meal, He brings us His love in a tangible way and renews us in our
relationship with Him. As He promised, Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine.
Jesus has instructed that we remember Him when we celebrate this meal. As we come to
communion, we bring to Jesus our sin with a sincere desire to be forgiven and to be
changed to be more like Him.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; John 6:53-56; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29