Statement of Faith

In essentials, we have unity.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit… one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:3-6

In nonessentials, we have liberty.
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.  – Romans 14:12 & 22

In all our beliefs, we show charity.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2

The Bible
We believe the Bible is the only inspired, truthful, trustworthy and authoritative Word of God.

The Trinity
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  In his incarnation he was fully God and fully human.  He lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a vicarious sacrifice, rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return personally and visibly to rule the earth.

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son.  He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts, empowering them to minister to others.  The believer is responsible to seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to follow his leading.

We believe all people are created in the image of God and thus capable of a relationship with God, but become alienated from him and from one another through sinful disobedience.  As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

We believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin and union with God.  Salvation is thus a gift from God.  All who turn from their self-ruled lives and place their faith in Jesus as their King are given new life through the Holy Spirit, and become the heirs of his Kingdom – its benefits and responsibilities.

We believe in the resurrection of both those who believe in Jesus and those who do not believe: those believing to eternal life with Jesus Christ and those unbelieving to final punishment in Hell.

The Church
We believe that the church is the body of Jesus Christ.  The members of the church are those who believe in the completed work of Christ.  The Christian life is never to be lived alone, but is designed for community.  Believers are to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Bible; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents and gifts, and to reach out in love to those outside the church. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by advancing his Kingdom.

As a local church we do not exist in isolation.  We are part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a world-wide movement of many ethnicities, cultures and languages.  For a fuller expression of our doctrinal beliefs see the denomination’s Statement of Faith here.

We also affirm the belief statements shared by millions of churches around the world and articulated in the Lausanne Covenant of 1974, the Manila Manifesto of 1989, and the Cape Town Commitment of 2010.