The Bible is God's Word to us.
The Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13
2 Peter 1:20-21
Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26, 27, 3:22
1 Peter 1:2
2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus is the Son of God
He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the 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 and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.
Matthew 1:22, 23
John 1:1-5, 14:10-30
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
1 Timothy 6:14-15
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
1 Corinthians 3:17
John 16:7-13, 14:16-17
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16
Ephesians 1:13, 5:18
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the church was empowered by the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts for the work of building the Kingdom of God. (John 1:32-34; 20:22; Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; and 19:6)
We believe in the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14, as manifested in the Early Church. The miraculous gifts (including speaking in tongues) produced by the Holy Spirit continue to function today just as they did when the Church was established. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:7-12).
We believe in the Spirit-filled life.
This is a life of separation from the world, and a life dedicated to God’s work through the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1)
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. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
John 14:6, 1:2
Romans 5:1, 10:9-10
Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness."
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20
Acts 2:41, 8:12
In addition to essential beliefs, we have liberty in non-essential beliefs.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God."
1 Corinthians 13:2
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."