There is one true and living God; He is infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God
The Holy Bible was written by men, divinely inspired, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author and salvation for its end. It is true without any private interpretation. It is infallible in the sense that it is of Divine origin. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Commenting on this verse, famous bible commentator, Albert Barnes, declares: It's important to state that "this says nothing about “the church” as empowered to give public or authorized interpretations. There is not a hint, or an intimation of any kind, that the church is intrusted with any such power whatever. There never was any greater perversion of a passage of Scripture than to suppose that this teaches that any class of people is not to have free, prayerful consideration of the revelation of God in this regard." The doctrines of men are not necessarily the doctrines of the bible however all Scripture "is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." The Bible is God’s message to man, revealing the “mind of the Lord”, and “things able to make one wise unto salvation through faith”. We believe it is a supernatural revelation of the Creator to his Creation.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men 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’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus willingly came into our world as fully man, while continuing to be fully God. He is currently seated at the right hand of God as our advocate and intercessor.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Holy Spirit is the third member of the trinity. The Holy Spirit enters the life of a person when they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is essential for and evidence of a person’s salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit gives gifts for serving one another and empowers believers to live holy and effective lives for the glory of God.
Man is made in image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This disobedience is particularly manifested in how we treat other people (a self-absorption) and a rejection of the worship and love of God. Because of man’s sinful disobedience, mankind was separated from the loving intimacy that God intended. Mankind’s greatest and deepest need is to be forgiven of sin and restored back into right relationship with God and thus fulfill his ultimate purpose which is to worship God and fully enjoy Him forever.
Salvation is a free gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Salvation comes through the repentance of our sins and by believing upon the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sinless life makes us righteous before God and His substitutionary death removes all our sin.
The church consists of those who believe upon Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is one body with many members, unified through faith in Jesus. The church is called to gather together regularly for fellowship, teaching, prayer, and communion. It exists to continue the work of Jesus by declaring the gospel, making disciples, and demonstrating God's love to the world.
People were created with both body and soul. After the body dies, the soul of a person continues on into eternity. Heaven is the eternal destination for all people who have placed their faith and hope in the person and work of Jesus Christ. A literal hell is the eternal destination for those who have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The day is coming when Jesus will judge both the living and the dead.