We believe the Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired to record of God's revelation of Himself to man. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are without error in whole or in part, and that the true interpretation of Scripture is found in the careful study and application of a literal, grammatical-historical hermeneutic which seeks the author's intent.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. The eternal God is one in essence, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, possessing all the fulness of the divine nature and attributes. Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. In the incarnation, Christ willingly gave up the prerogatives of deity, but nothing of His divine essence, either in degree or kind. Jesus lived a sinless life, through which He revealed, and performed, the will of the Father. In His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day in accordance with Scripture. He was resurrected with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples and many other persons. After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father serving our our Mediator. We believe that Jesus will return again to establish His kingdom on this earth.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person of the Trinity coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son. The Spirit is at work in the world today to execute the divine will toward all mankind. In addition, He was and is the promised gift of Christ for the building up of the body of Christ, that is, the church. He convicts of sin, effects regeneration, and baptizes believers into the body of Christ.
Man was created by God for His own glory. Man was created by special act of God, in His own image and likeness. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and blessed with intelligence, volition, and moral responsibility to God. The first man, Adam, sinned against God and brought upon the human race and all creation sin and its curses. Man lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; and became subject to the wrath of God. As a result, all persons are sinners by nature, spiritually dead in their sins and unable of saving themselves from God's wrath.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, immaterial soul, and material body from sin and the wrath of God. Salvation is offered freely to all who believe in Jesus Christ and through Him alone. Salvation is wholly of God, by grace, and not on the basis of human merit or works.
All who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, called the church. The purpose of the church is to glorify God through building up of believers through faith, instruction in the Bible, fellowship, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper, works of service, and the proclamation of the gospel to the entire world.