THE BIBLE: The Old and New Testaments consisting of 66 books (Genesis to Revelation) are the absolute authoritative, infallible, and trustworthy word of God, being completely true in all its teaching without any mixture of error (John 17:17). It was divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit through human authors and is God’s direct revelation to man as the ultimate standard of all truth and morality (1 Thessalonians 2:13). It is the sole, sufficient standard for all Christian belief, doctrine, and practice (2 Timothy 3:16). Since it is God’s final revelation, the canon of Scripture is closed and cannot be altered nor added to (Revelation 22:18-19).
GOD: There is one God, who is the ultimate, supreme being to be worshiped and honored and is completely perfect in all of His attributes (Isaiah 44:6-8). He is holy, righteous, just, loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, unchanging, and sovereign over all things. God has revealed Himself to be Triune, being one in essence (Deuteronomy 6:4), and eternally existing in three distinct, but co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14). Each person in the Holy Trinity is fully God and shares all the divine qualities of God’s nature. All three persons have eternally been in perfect, inseparable union before the foundation of the world (John 17:5).
CREATION: God created the universe and all of creation by His own will and spoken Word (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3). He caused all living things to come into existence through His direct intervention and not by the means of any progressive, evolutionary process. God created all of creation in six literal days. God is fully involved in all aspects of His creation and is the One who sustains it through His own authority (Psalm 104).
HUMANITY: Humans were directly and uniquely created by God to bear His own image and His own likeness (Genesis 1:26). Adam was made directly from the ground, and Eve was created from Adam’s rib. God originally made humans to be good and free from sin (Genesis 1:31). Adam and Eve were the first literal, historic human pair from which the entire human race has originated. Man, being the pinnacle of God’s creation, was made to glorify Him and have dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:27).
SIN: Since the first sin (The Fall) of Adam and Eve, all of mankind is born with an inherited sinful nature and have fallen short of God’s glory (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23). Sin is the disobedience of God’s commands and failure to conform to His standards. All humans by default are wicked, unrighteous and unable to redeem themselves to God through their own efforts (Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:1-3).
JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, who was both fully God and fully human (John 1:1, 8:58, 1 Timothy 2:5). He is the eternal, uncreated, divine Word of God who took on human flesh (John 1:14). Born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), He lived a perfectly sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), voluntarily suffered and died on a cross (Mark 15:24-26), and became a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all believers (Ephesians 5:25). Three days later, He historically resurrected from the grave, declaring victory over sin and death (Luke 24: 36-40). Jesus Christ is God over all–by whom all things visible and invisible were created (Colossians 1:15-17).
SALVATION: The death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the final and finished work of justification and redemption from sin for all those who repent (hate and turn from sin) and believe in Him (John 3:16, Acts 17:30). Apart from explicit faith in Christ’s atoning death and resurrection, no person can ever be saved (Acts, 4:12, Romans 10:9). Eternal life is a gift from God given through His love and mercy (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation involves a sinner being declared righteous (justified) by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:28, Galatians 2:16) and it can never be earned or maintained by a person’s own works (Titus 3:5). Justification involves Christ’s righteousness being credited (imputation) onto the believer’s life in exchange for his sins (Romans 4:22-25). While salvation is through faith alone, a true result of genuine faith is a process of sanctification and a life of obedience to God (James 2:17-18). The believer’s salvation is forever sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14), and will be kept by God until the end through faith (John 10:29).
AFTERLIFE: The Bible declares that upon death, all who have repented of their sins and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will immediately enter into the kingdom of heaven and into the presence of God (Luke 23:43, John 14:3). Those who have not repented and have not believed in Jesus Christ as Savior will be condemned forever by God in eternal Hell (Daniel 12:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
THE CHURCH: The Church is the unified body of Christ, whose primary mission is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19): to preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. It is the obligation of the church to be witnesses and teachers of God’s Word (1 Timothy:1-2). The church’s ultimate ground of authority rests on Scripture from which it is obligated to keep two ordinances given by Christ Himself – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
BAPTISM: Baptism is the full immersion of a person under water (Romans 6:4). It is the outward, symbolic declaration of a believer’s faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sins. It is a spiritual sign of one’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 3:27-29). It also symbolizes the believer having received the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit which has led to a renewed life (1 Corinthians 12:13). While baptism is certainly a practice to be performed by all who profess faith, it is not considered to be a guarantee nor is it salvific.
LORD’S SUPPER: The Lord’s Supper is the church’s participation in the celebration and remembrance of Christ’s atoning sacrificial death on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:24). It is a visual declaration of the gospel message symbolizing Christ’s atonement for sins. It also signifies the unity of the body of Christ. By partaking in this ceremony, the church community acknowledges it as an ordinance of the New Covenant revealed by God and the anticipation of Christ’s future return in glory. It is only to be administered to baptized believers.
CHURCH GOVERNMENT: With Christ being the ultimate Shepherd, church leadership is comprised of pastors, elders, and deacons. They are responsible for shepherding the church body through teaching the Bible, exercising accountability and church discipline. The role of pastor, elder, and deacon have been designated by God to be fulfilled exclusively by men (1 Timothy 2:11-14). However, all believers are given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit to help build up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY: God specifically sanctioned and designed marriage to be the complementary, sexual union between one man and one woman for life (Matthew 19:4). It is ultimately the representation of Christ and His bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32). Homosexuality (along with bisexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism, bestiality, etc.) is a violation of God’s design and purpose, and is considered to be an abominable sin (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27). Those who practice such sins will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Likewise, adulterers shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Any remarriage (except for ones entered into after the death of a spouse) is considered adultery by Jesus and therefore, must be terminated (Matthew 19:9).
JUDGMENT DAY: The world awaits a future, final day of reckoning upon which Christ will make His glorious return to the earth, and execute His last judgment on the righteous, and the wicked (Revelation 1:7-8). Both the righteous and wicked will be resurrected and appear before the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Those declared righteous with their names written in the Book of Life will spend eternity in a New Heaven and New Earth, while the wicked will suffer eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:12-13).