We believe Jesus accomplished our redemption when he died on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. All may personally appropriate (take for themselves) his work on the cross by solely believing in (trusting in or relying on) Jesus for their redemption. Those who trust in Jesus are declared righteous, i.e. not guilty, before God on the basis of Jesus’s finished work alone, by grace, through faith.
We believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his present life there for us. Jesus is now exalted and, as our High Priest, fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate, on our behalf, with the Father.
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus for the church. At that time, the bodies of all the members of the church, whether living or deceased, will be changed and caught up, to be together with the Lord forever. We believe in the glorious physical return of Jesus to the earth, with the church, to set up a kingdom in which he shall reign for one thousand years in righteousness and peace, in fulfillment of promises God made to Israel.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit gives one or more spiritual gifts to every believer for the building up of the body of Christ and for reaching those who do not believe. We encourage believers to discover and exercise the gifts with which they’ve been entrusted, since their faithfulness to exercise them will be judged by God.
We believe God offers redemption and restoration to all who seek his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus. By personal faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as the Son of God, everyone who receives Jesus as Savior is rescued from the penalty of his/her sins, and at that moment becomes a child of God forever. This salvation is a gift given by God because of his love and grace, wholly apart from any human effort or merit, and is the only way of forgiveness, victory over sin, and escape from eternal judgment. As understood by his promises, believers are kept eternally secure by the power of God, and it is their privilege to enjoy the assurance of salvation based solely on faith in Jesus through the testimony of God’s Word.
We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of all mankind. Those who die without believing on Jesus will be resurrected to experience judgment, then suffering apart from God in the Lake of Fire forever. The bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected, transformed, and reunited with the immaterial part of their being (mind, emotions, will) already in heaven enjoying eternal life with God.
We believe every believer, while now possessing a new nature, still possesses a sinful old nature which cannot be eradicated in this life. God has made full provision through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit for believers to control this sinful nature and live holy lives. No one except Jesus has ever lived a perfect and sinless life. All believers are to give attention to becoming spiritually mature and fruitful. They are not to use their liberty in Christ as an occasion to sin.
We believe the visible church is the local gathering of people who profess faith in Jesus for salvation, who have been baptized, practice the Lord’s Supper, and are organized to fulfill God’s mandate to the church. That mandate is fourfold: worship of God, learning about God and his plans, building a Christ-centered fellowship of believers, and living out the gospel as salt and light in our immediate community as well as among the unreached people in our world.