I. God

A. We believe that God is a personal, loving, holy, righteous, sovereign, immutable, infinite, eternal, all-sufficient, all-knowing, and all-powerful spirit.1

B. We believe that there is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who have shared infinite joy in the fellowship of the Trinity from all eternity.2

C. We believe that God has revealed himself in creation, through his word (the Bible) and ultimately in The Word—Jesus and by his Spirit.

D. We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant (in the original manuscripts), infallible, and authoritative word of God providing the standard by which all of life is to be interpreted so that it is useful for every good work.3

II. Creation

A. We believe that God created the universe out of nothing, not from any lack in himself, but to increase his glory by sharing his joy.4

B. We believe that God created men and women in his image to pursue a relationship with him, his people, and the advance of his kingdom for his glory and their joy.5

III. Fall

A. We believe that Adam & Eve rebelled against God (rejecting God’s rule over their lives) with devastating consequences. Adam’s sin plunged the human race into bondage to sin, corrupting the whole person, bringing the punishment of death physically and spiritually, alienating humankind from God and each other, and bringing the whole creation under the curse of God.

B. We believe all people are sinners by nature & choice.6

IV. Redemption

A. Redemption Prepared: We believe that from all eternity God had a plan to redeem a people for himself and that immediately after man’s rebellion God began preparing the way by which they might be restored to fellowship with God, his people, and his kingdom in his world.7

B. Redemption Accomplished: We believe that Jesus accomplished the work of redemption in his incarnation (fully God & man), virgin birth, perfect life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, and victorious ascension.8

C. Redemption Applied: We believe that God’s people receive the full benefits of redemption personally: justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification as they are united to Christ by faith through the Holy Spirit so that they may live their lives to the glory of God.9 We believe that Christ’s church receives the full benefits of redemption corporately: being a part of the family of God, people of God, temple of God, kingdom of God, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, his flock, his bride, the body of Christ, recipients of his spiritual gifts, and partakers in the true vine as they are included in the body of Christ by faith through the Holy Spirit so that they can live lives with ‘one another’, be members of Christ’s body, practice their spiritual gifts, give generously and sacrificially, profit from the preaching of the gospel, the leadership of elders, the service of deacons, church discipline, the Lord’ supper, and baptism. We believe that God’s world will ultimately be set free from its bondage to corruption through the cosmic redemption Jesus brings, so that we will see God’s will done on earth as it is heaven and all of life redeemed.10

V. Restoration

A. We believe that Jesus will return bodily to triumph over all opposition, judge the world, and establish his kingdom.11

B. We believe the dead will be raised bodily some to eternal conscious punishment in hell, and others to the eternal and infinite joy of restored fellowship with God, his people, and his kingdom in a new heavens & new earth.12

See also the Elder Affirmation of Faith

  1. Ex 3:14, Acts 17:25, Ps 102:25-27, Heb 1:10-12, James 1:17, I Kings 8:27, Acts 17:27-28, Rom 11:36, Isa 41:4, Rev 1:8, Lev 11:44-45, I Pet 1:16, Isa 46:8-11, Ps 94:9, I John 3:20, Ps 33:11, 115:3, Ps 11:7, Isa 24:16, Isa 45:21-25, Ex 34:6, I John 4:8, 16, John 4:24

  2. God the Father: Deut 6:4; 1 Cor 8. God the Son: Mat 1:23, 3:16-17, 11:27, 28:19; John 1:1, 1:18, 5:18, 6:46, 10:30, 38; 12:45, 14:7, 20:31; Rom 9:5; II Cor 13:14; Col 1:15, 1:19-20, 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb 1:3, 1:8; II Peter 1:1; Rev 22:13. God the Holy Spirit: John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-14; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor 2;10-11, 3:16, 12:11; Eph 4:30

  3. Mat 5:17-18, II Tim 3:16-17, I Peter 1:21

  4. Gen 1 & 2, Rom 11:36

  5. Gen 1 & 2, John 17:3, I Peter 2:9-10, Col 1:13

  6. Rom 1:18-23, 3:9-18, 5:12-14; I Cor 15:21; Eph 2:1-3

  7. Gen 3:15, 12:1-3; Deut 30:1-10, II Sam 7:9-16; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-38, 37; Luke 24:25-27; John 5:39-47; Acts 3:20-21, 24:14-16, 26:22-23, 28:23; I Cor 15:23-24; Eph 1:3-14; I Peter 1:17-20

  8. Mat 1:18-25; Lk 1:26-38; II Cor 5:21; Mt 20:28/Mk 10:45; Mt 26:26-29/Mk 14:22-25/Lk 22:14-20; John 1:29, 3:14-16, 11:25; Romans 5:12-21; I Cor 15:3-4, 21,

  9. John 15:1-8; Rom 6:3-11; 8:1-11, 28-30; I Cor 1:30; II Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20, 3:27; Eph 1:7-10, 2:4-6; Col 1:27, 3:14

  10. Personal: Rom 8:28-30, I Cor 1:30, Eph 1:3-23. Corporate: Rom 12:4-8; I Cor 12:12-13; Eph 2:19-22, 4:1-16; I Tim 1:12; II Tim 4:2, Mat 28:18-20; Col 3:1-17; Rom 6:4 ; Col 2:11-14, I Cor 11:23-34. Cosmic: Rom 8:18-25, Col 1:18-20

  11. Mat 24/Mk 13/Lk 21; Lk 17:22-37; Acts 10:42, 17:31; I Thess 4:-5, II Thess 1-2; Rev 20:11-14

  12. Matt 25; John 14-17; Acts 3:21; Rev 19-22