God speaks clearly to us through the Bible. It is essential for knowing him and doing his will.
Jesus puts us together as his body to love and be loved, especially when the journey gets difficult.
Jesus calls us to engage the world, to live lives of maximum impact. We are responding to his call one neighborhood at a time.
Jesus calls us to community, but he calls us individually. Therefore, choice and consequence are fundamental to each person’s spiritual development.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and is entirely true and trustworthy.
There is one eternal, holy God who is all powerful, all knowing, and ever present. He created all things from nothing and reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. God as Father reigns with providential care over all of His creation and human history with the desire that all who are willing may be reconciled to him through His Son Jesus Christ.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. All things were created through Him. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Being fully God and fully man, He perfectly fulfilled the divine law by His personal obedience. He lived, suffered, died, and rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures in order to make provision for the redemption of men from sin. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, from where he will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and He regenerates those who believe in Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. With free choice human beings sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created us in His own image, and in that Christ died for us; therefore every human being possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In salvation, Jesus Christ restores our relationship with God, making us new creatures and children of God. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members memorialize the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell and the redeemed will receive their reward and will dwell forever in heaven with the Lord.