WE BELIEVE IN THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN FAITH AS EXPRESSED IN THE APOSTLES’ CREED.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and have fellowship with Him. Mankind is the supreme object of God’s creation but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. This attitude separates us from God. Since then, all human beings are born with a sinful nature. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by our disobedience toward God in thought, word, and deed, called “sin.” Empowered by the Holy Spirit, believers are to submit their lives daily to God and through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit pursue Christlikeness through His sanctifying training in righteousness.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2, Romans 12:1-3, Romans 7,8
ABOUT GOD THE FATHER
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.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2;2: Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
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 people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He ascended to heaven’s glory and is the only mediator between us and God. He will return to earth again to consummate history and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian, gives us the gift of saving faith in Jesus Christ, and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
We believe, as a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from God, that salvation comes only through God’s grace, and that God’s grace must be received personally by faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works; only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and judgment, and only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT THE CHURCH
Life is not meant to be done alone. God calls believers to join together as brothers and sisters in Christ and live together in covenant community as a local expression of the family of God. Believers are called to use our Godgiven abilities, resources and spiritual gifts to build one another up to full maturity in Christ. These local churches, although autonomous in their decision-making and accountability before God, are called to cooperate together for the advancement of the Kingdom of God (the Church).
Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 12:46-50, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 4:8-11, Galatians 6:1-10