GOD

That there is only one true and eternal God consisting of three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; John 4:24; John 14:6-13; Gal. 4:6; 2 Pet. 1:17; Psalm 2:7ff; Isa. 7:14; John 1:1-18; Heb. 1:8; Psalm 51:11; 1 John 4:13; Acts 5:3-4)

MAN

That God created humankind in the Divine image. Through Adam’s fall all became sinful, lost, and condemned. Each human being by deliberate choice participates in sin and is in need of Redemption through Christ. (Gen. 1:26-30; Eph. 2:1-22; Rom. 1:19-32; Rom. 5:12-21)

JESUS

That Jesus Christ is God’s Son, begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word. By His death Christ made full atonement for our sins, and by his resurrection showed Himself to be the Lord and giver of life to all who believe. (Heb. 1:1-3; Heb. 4:14-15; John 1:1-3,14; Luke 1:34-35)

HOLY SPIRIT

God is present in the world today in the person of the Holy Spirit who draws us to faith in Jesus and who bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. He indwells the believer which empowers him to manifest the likeness and character of Christ. He gives spiritual gifts to the church for our mutual edification.  (John 16:7-15; Rom. 8:16; Eph. 4:7; 1 Cor. 12:7)

SALVATION

That God offers forgiveness of sin and justification through faith in Christ Jesus apart from works. Such Redemption is received by human individuals as God’s gift upon repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. Through Christ the believer becomes a new creation whose mind and will are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from loving sin, to loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, and loving all people as we love ourselves. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Eph. 2:8-22; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Matt. 22:37-38)

THE BIBLE

That the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired Word of God, the final and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith. The Bible clearly reveals the essentials necessary for Salvation and the basics of how to conduct our lives. It is the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (Deut. 4:1-2; II Tim. 2:15, II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

THE CHURCH

That the Church is a community of faith consisting of regenerated believers with Christ as Lord. Such believers claim a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism by immersion, share in the Lord’s Supper, gather regularly for worship, and covenant for mutual edification and care-giving. (Matt. 16:15-19; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 16:30-33; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 1:22-23; Heb. 10:23-25; I Cor. 6:19)

THE CALL OF THE CHURCH

That the Church is called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling grace in the power of the Holy Spirit, inviting persons to receive salvation and follow Christ as His disciples. As disciples, we seek justice for all persons and the reform of society. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Gal. 3:26-28; James 1:27; James 2:8)