First and foremost we must define and agree upon the greatest truth of all and the thing which is of first importance. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God created man and all things good, however, man fell into sin which is rebellion against God, and now man rightfully deserves the righteous wrath of God as punishment for sins. But God, being rich in mercy and love, sent his Son Jesus Christ in the likeness of man to live the perfect life man cannot live. Christ then, in complete obedience to the Father and love for us, bore our sins and the punishment thereof on the cross. He was buried and three days later he physically rose from the dead in a glorified body. He later ascended into heaven where he is sitting at the right hand of the father. One day he will physically, visibly return to Earth to judge the living and the dead and usher in the New Creation. Christ’s righteous account of obedience is received by believers by grace through faith in Christ as their personal Lord and savior.
1 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Genesis 3:15; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 2:4-5; Hebrews 2:14-17; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 24:44; and Acts 1:10-11
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible is the only inerrant, infallible, and authoritative sources of information. We believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the only works which God, through his Holy Spirit inspired through men. The 66 books of the bible are profitable to instruct all peoples to holiness. To see a more in-depth understanding of our view of scripture please see the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
1 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 22:29; Psalms 12:6 John 10:27; Psalms 119:89; Acts 4:25; Matthew 5:18; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 10:35; and Revelation 22:18-21
The Christian Life
We believe that a person, once born again, regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made a temple of the living God, must pursue holiness in their lives. We acknowledge that genuine believers will continue to struggle with sin. Believers may even experience periods of “back sliding”, however, the general trajectory of a believer’s life is one of increasing Christ-likeness. A believer is to show the fruit of the Spirit and is to live off of the word of God. A Christian which falls into sin is to be restored by a brother and if need be, disciplined by the local church as an extension of God’s love and grace. We believe that the first of the Martin Luther’s 95 Thesis which reads “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘repent,’he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.” And his last words “We are beggars! This is true.” sum up the Christians life.
Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Romans 6:1-23; Proverbs 16:17; Leviticus 20:7; 2 Peter 3:14; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; Acts 20:21; and Romans 7:24