What We Believe…
About the Bible
At the center of Christian faith and practice stands the belief that God has spoken to the world in the person and work of Jesus Christ, which is accurately and authoritatively revealed in the Christian Bible (“the Bible,” “Scripture” or “the Scriptures”). The Bible is the inspired, inerrant and sufficient Word of God and is thus the ultimate authority for life, faith and morals. Though the various theological statements of the Church reflect succinct summaries of biblical boundaries, it is the Bible itself to which we are in ultimate submission.
About the Gospel
- The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.
(Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- There is only one God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 17:3, 1 Corinthians 8:4:-6;
- The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is
neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son.
(Genesis 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3: 13-17; Matthew 28:
17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
- I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action a sinner.
(Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 5:8, 12-21, 7:18;
- The deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual.
(Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:19, Romans 5:12; 6:23, James 1:14-15)
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully
God and fully human.
(Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1:1-4, 14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3)
- Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin.
(John 1:29; 10:1-18, Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21;
Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18)
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead.
(Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 1:20-21:25;
1 Corinthians 15:12-34)
- Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will physically return.
(John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 3:2;
- There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in
Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted
in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment.
(Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Acts 24-15)
- Only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be
reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.
(John 3:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Timothy 2: 5-6)