We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended to the dead; the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit; one holy church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
We recognize the inerrant authority of the 66 canonized books of Holy Scripture, and acknowledge dependence upon the Holy Spirit for their accurate interpretation and application. We hold the Word of God (Logos) as the supreme authority in matters of faith and conduct.
Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos) of God. He was with God in the beginning, and He pre-existed as one with God. "By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth" (Col. 1:16). Jesus Christ is the Purpose of God found in all of creation. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In the beginning, it was the ultimate purpose of God for all things to be summed up in Christ (Eph. 1:10).
Jesus Christ pre-existed with God and as God (John 1:1). He emptied Himself to become fully a man that He might be the expiatory sacrifice to deliver mankind from sinfulness. Because the first man, Adam, transgressed the command of God, the process of death entered him and all of his descendants and mankind lost fellowship with God. Mankind was incapable of reversing this course of self-destruction. All men became alienated from God in their minds because of their evil behavior (Col. 1:21). But God is love and was never man's enemy — planning from the foundation of the world to redeem humanity in the finished work of the Son. Through Christ's sacrifice made on the cross, all of sinful humanity died with him (2 Cor. 5:14, Rom. 6:6, Heb. 2:9). From God's perspective, humanity is now forgiven, cleansed and reconciled to God. We the "Church" are those who now actively partake in this forgiveness and remission of sins, living in fellowship with God, thanks to the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.
"There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). There is only one avenue of fellowship with God, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the covenental relationship between God and man.
The resurrection of Jesus' physical body after His crucifixion was literal, as will be the resurrection of all mankind. We believe in a literal return, a second coming of Christ.
We believe that physical, emotional and spiritual healing are all available through the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross revealed by the power of Holy Spirit. We believe in the present-day operation of the miraculous in the church today and that supernatural Christianity is normative Christianity. We believe that the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power (1 Cor.4:20). We believe in the person of Holy Spirit, worthy of worship in equal stature with Father and Son in the Godhead, yet never separate. He is our intimate bond of love, not a mere tool of empowerment.
We acknowledge the sacrament of marriage as being a holy union between one man and one woman.
We acknowledge the sacrament of ordination into ministry as being a means of grace by the endowment of power through the laying on of hands. However, this is eclipsed by the greater truth that all believers are a "royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9).
The chief purpose of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. We believe God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The kingdom priority of our lives is to walk in intimate communion with His presence.
We recognize that our knowledge and understanding of the Lord is limited, and our goal is to grow into a fuller recognition of Him (1 Cor. 13:12). We recognize that God is still restoring truth to His church, and therefore, we place no limit on further revelation. However, all revelation must be substantiated according to the Scriptures. We believe that all truth is ultimately summed up in the person and work of Christ. Christ is image of the invisible God, and to see Him clearly, we must see the Christ of the scriptures.
We recognize our interdependence upon the entire mystical body of Christ, of we are only a small part; and we acknowledge that we are incomplete without unity.
We seek to promote sound doctrine, but recognize that division is not God’s preferred alternative to adversity or doctrinal dispute. We choose to extend liberty in all "non-essential" doctrinal matters.