What We Believe
We hold the Christian faith which is common to all believers (Titus 1:4; Jude 3). Our faith is composed of the following beliefs concerning the Bible, God, Christ, the work of Christ, salvation, and the church:
Our belief is based on the Holy Bible, which is the word of God written under His inspiration word by word (2 Tim. 3:16) and which contains the complete divine revelation.
Eternally Christ is the only begotten Son in the Godhead (John 1:1, 18). In time He became a genuine Man through incarnation (John 1:14). He is like us in all respects, yet He is without sin (Heb. 4:15; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:21). Christ is the complete God and the perfect man, possessing both the divine and human natures.
Every human being is constituted a sinner by birth and by action (Rom. 5:19, 12). To be saved from the righteous judgment of God, a person must repent to God and believe into the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; Acts 16:31; 26:20; John 3:15-16) to be forgiven of his or her sins and to be redeemed, justified, and regenerated (Acts 10:43; Rom. 3:24; Acts 13:39; John 3:6). Through regeneration we become the children of God (John 1:12) and members of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). It is our great privilege as co-laborers with God to preach this gospel to everyone.
God is uniquely One (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4b; Isa. 45:5a), yet He is also Triune—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, who coexist simultaneously, from eternity past to eternity future, and are each fully God (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
The Work of Christ
By dying on the cross for our sins, Christ accomplished an eternal redemption for us (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12) and brought us back to God (1 Pet. 3:18). After His resurrection He ascended bodily to the Father, who exalted Him to His right hand as Lord of all (Acts 5:31; 10:36). Today He is in glory as the ascended Lord and as the Son of Man (Acts 7:56), still human and always God. We eagerly await His return when He will come back as the Bridegroom for His bride, the church (John 3:29; Rev. 19:7), and as the King of kings to rule over all the nations (Rev. 11:15; 19:16). With all believers we share the blessed hope of being glorified by God (Rom. 5:2; Col. 1:27) and of dwelling with Him for eternity, having Him as our full enjoyment while we will be His eternal expression (Rev. 21:1—22:5).
Finally, we believe that for the accomplishment of His purpose and to make known His multifarious wisdom, God produced the church (Eph. 3:10). The church is the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:24), composed of everyone who believes into Christ (irrespective of time and space). It is God’s intent that this mystical, universal Body be practically manifested on the earth in time and space as local churches, each of which encompasses all of the believers in a given city (Acts 2:44; 8:1).