Statement of Faith
There is only one God. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son; the Son is not the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is not the Father. God is one. God has no parts. God is holy. God is not to be mistaken for any idol. God is not a sexual being; God is the uncreated Being. The Father is uncreated; the Son is uncreated; the Spirit is uncreated. God is God!
God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity. God is heavenly Father, not earthly father. God is Father, yet not older than the Son. Just as God the Father is eternal, so God the Son is eternal. There is no superiority in the Trinity. God is love. God is an indescribable, tri-unity of love that flows personally between the Father, Son, and Spirit, even though God eternally is One. When God created angels, animals, and people, God did not then begin to be relational. God is relational by nature. Long before creation, God is relationally Three in One. God the Father is unbegotten, yet God's only begotten Son is God's full equal, just as God the Spirit is the Father's full equal.
God the Son is the Second Person of the Trinity. God the Son became flesh by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Miraculously God the Son became human, so that He would be able to die on behalf of all humans. Sinless, human Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, voluntarily took upon Himself all sin. Because Jesus is fully God, He uniquely had the capacity to conquer sin by defeating Death. The sting of death is sin. The spiritual way of death causes people to be sinful. When we choose spiritual death instead of life, we sin. Because Jesus chose spiritual life, He did not sin. Jesus conquered sin by rising up bodily from the grave on the third day after He died, just as He predicted He would. Jesus purchased our salvation, not with silver and gold, but with His own precious blood. He gave Himself as a sacrifice to appease God's wrath against sin. Jesus raised Himself from the dead then ascended into heaven where He was seated at the Right Hand of God which is God's throne. Someday Jesus will return in glory to consummate history and with perfect righteousness judge all people. Each of us will be judged in accordance to what we have done. For those who are "in Christ Jesus," there will be no condemnation.
God the Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, Who miraculously indwells us believers and empowers us to walk in newness of life. Graciously the Spirit gives us a "new self" so that we can we be conformed into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit goes wherever the Spirit pleases and convicts the world of sin and causes God's elect to be born again. God is impartial. For God so loved the world that God gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. The Holy Spirit enables "whosoever" wills to be truthful enough to believe and repent. With that, God's Spirit, the Paraclete -- the Comforter-- gives peace that surpasses understanding. The Holy Spirit works wonders that demonstrate the perfect power of God.
All people matter profoundly to God because all are created in God's image. Yet we have marred God's image by participating in wickedness and evil. Jesus thus taught us to pray, "Deliver us from evil." We cannot be delivered from evil apart from the finished work of Christ. No one else but Jesus can reconcile us to God. Jesus is the Mediator between ourselves and God. Jesus is God incarnate. The Son of God lowered Himself, so that He could raise us up to be with Him in His triumph. Jesus shares His triumph with all who follow Him.
This is the good news of the gospel: God made a way for us to be rescued since we cannot save ourselves. None of us can make our souls clean. None can pay the debt we owe God. Because God requires us to be perfected, salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. Salvation is a gift that must be received from God. By grace through faith, God does give the gift of salvation to everyone who invites Jesus to rule in their heart.
Jesus commissioned His followers to make disciples, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that He commanded. To be a disciple is to be an apprentice of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is the promised Messiah who fulfills the Old Testament prophecies.
The Bible (comprised of sixty-six books) is the inspired Word of God, inerrant (meaning true), infallible (meaning trustworthy), the supreme and final authority on all matters about which it teaches, and is God's unique, written revelation. No other writings are vested with divine authority. Central to the message of God's Word is that God loves people and desires for us all, through Jesus Christ, to live in communion with Him and in community with each other. The top commandments for disciples of Jesus Christ are to love the Lord God foremost with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love other people as yourself. Love is the fulfillment of the law.