We believe that there is one living and true God who eternally exists in three persons; The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are equal in power and glory.
- God (God the Father)
We believe that God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.聽
Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 2 Corn. 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2.
- Jesus Christ (God the Son)
We believe that Jesus Christ is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people 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 someday to earth to reign as King of聽kings聽and Lord of lords.聽
Isaiah 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; 1 Corn.15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15.
- The Holy Spirit (God the Holy Spirit/Ghost)
We believe that the Holy Spirit/Ghost is coequal with the Father and Jesus. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.聽
John 16:7-13, 14:1617; Acts 1:8; 1 Corn. 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corn. 3:17; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13,5:18.
We believe that the Bible is God's Holy Word to us. Our Owner's Manual for life. The Bible was authored by God and written by human writers under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.聽
Psalm 12:6, 119: 105, 160; Pro. 30:5; 2 Tim. 1:13,3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
We believe that people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. We are by nature separated from God and responsible for our own sin.聽
Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom. 3:23.
We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. 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 anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Only when we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith are we saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith.聽
Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 13; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
We believe that because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it! Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace keeping power of God that gives us this security not an act of works.
John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.
We believe that people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with Him through forgiveness and salvation. Those who do not receive, by faith, the free gift of salvation from God will be forever separated from Him in a place called Hell. Those who do, by faith, receive this free gift will forever be in God's presence in a place called Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Rom. 6:23,8:17-18; Rev. 20:15; 1 Corn. 2:7-9.
We believe the Bible teaches that there are two things Jesus told us to do that would help us to remember what He did, and identify us with Him: BAPTISM: A symbolic act whereby a Christian is immersed (Covered) in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an outward testimony to an inward event in the life of an individual. LORD'S SUPPER: A symbolic act of obedience where Christians partake of bread and juice (Fruit of the vine) remembering the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ.聽
Matt. 3:13-17; 14:22-26; Luke 3:31-22; 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 16:30-33; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21.
God has planned the family as the first institution of the world. It is made up of persons joined to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman with the promise of being faithful to one another for a lifetime. Marriage is God's special gift. Marriage shows the union between Christ and His church. Marriage gives the man and the woman the way for intimate friendship. Marriage is the way of sexual expression according to the main beliefs in the Bible. Marriage is the way for increasing of the human race.聽
The husband and wife are of the same worth before God. Both are created in God's likeness. The marriage relationship shows the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given duty to provide for, to protect, and to guide his family. A wife is to submit herself with kindness to the servant leadership of her husband. A wife submits just as the church willingly submits to the leadership of Christ. She is made in the likeness of God. Her husband is also made in the likeness of God. This makes the wife and husband equals. She has the God-given duty respect her husband. She is to serve as his helper in running the household and supporting the next generation.
Children, from the moment of creation, are a blessing and inheritance from the Lord. Parents are to show to their children God's example for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and right values. Parents are to guide their children to make choices based on truths in the Bible. Parents are to guide their children by living a life faithful to God. Parents are to guide their children with loving discipline. Children are to respect and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are is because of Him. Because of our debt to God we are under obligation to serve Him with our time, talents, and with our treasures. According to the Bible, we as Christians should contribute our means regularly with a cheerful heart and a grateful attitude.聽
Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4; 19-21; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19
Christianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is coordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people.
In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.