The local church is a community of believers who gather for worship,
prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and fellowship
Through it, believers invest time, energy, spiritual gifts, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission. Baptism and Communion
are practiced by the church as key identifying symbols of Jesus' death and resurrection.
(Acts 2:18, 42-47; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:7; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 1:8)
The Bible is God's unique revelation to people
It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writingare vested with such divine authority. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105-106)
There is only one God, Creator of Heaven and Earth
who exists eternally as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each fully God, yet each personally distinct from the other.
(Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:15-17)
All people are created in God's image and are exceedingly valuable to Him
The overarching story of the Bible is the story of rescue and redemption. God loves people, and invites them to live in
communion with Himself and in community with each other. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:16, 17; Colossians 3; Acts 2:42-47)
Jesus Christ is both the full expression of God and is fully human
He was born of the Virgin Mary and lived a perfectly sinless life. He willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose
again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Someday, He will return to fulfill the eternal planof God. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25)
Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind
God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannotbe earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by faith.
(Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ
He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which
to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18)
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person
Followers of Jesus will be received into God's loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life. Those who have not accepted his free gift of salvation will be judged and will spend eternity separated from him.
(Hebrews 9:27 Matthew 25; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; 1 Corinthians 3:10,14)All who follow Jesus are members of the body of Christ,
the one true Church Universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another acrossethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, gender and denominational lines.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18, 3:11; Ephesians 3:17-19, 4:13-16)