What Is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news about what God has done to save us from sin and death and to bring us into a right relationship with Him. It begins with God, our Creator, Who made humanity to reflect His character on earth and to enjoy a right relationship with Him as His creation. We were made to bring Him glory and to fully enjoy Him forever.
But the very first people whom God made, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God. They broke the right relationship He intended for them in holiness and obedience. They became tainted by sin, and the penalty of death was upon them ... and all who would be born to them. Every single person immediately needed a Savior to take away their punishment and to offer them His right standing before God instead.
This is what Jesus Christ came to do. His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection has done for us what we can never do for ourselves. He was born in perfection and purity from the stain of our sin. He lived in perfect obedience to God, fully following His Father's desires. He died freely, for our sins, and not for his own. And He rose again, the first example of what hope we can have if we put our faith in Him.
Because Jesus died, anyone who trusts in Him receives His life for their own. It's not that we can ever be good enough or do enough good to please God, or that God doesn't mind a little sin here or there. Our good news is that Jesus died for us – and He calls us to live for Him. We are ambassadors for Christ: trust in Jesus, and be made right with God!
We believe the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Psalm 119:105, 1 Timothy 3:16-17
We believe in one God, the Creator of the universe and the Author of life, Who eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14
All humanity is lost and in need of a Savior.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him. Because every person is created in the image of God, all human life is sacred. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, in every stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. We also believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed towards any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture. (Genesis 1:27; 2 Samuel 9; Psalm 90, 139; Isaiah 44:24; 46:3; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:20; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Romans 3:23; Galatians 1:15)
Despite our original creation in goodness before God, all humanity has lost the relationship God created us to have with Him through our own sinful disobedience. As a result, we are incapable of gaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. Every human being is in need of a Savior. (Gen. 3; Ps. 143:2; Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:23; I Jn. 1:8-10)
Jesus Christ and Salvation
Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who is fully God and fully human, died for our sins and rose from the dead.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, fully God and fully human. He died for our sins and rose from the dead. Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life cannot be earned. Rather, they are available only to those who trust Christ as their Savior and Lord: by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Those accepting Christ should repent of their sin, confess their faith, and be baptized. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:1, 3:16, 14:6; Acts 2:38, 3:19-21, 4:12; Romans 10:8-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 15:1-8)
The Holy Spirit and Christian Living
We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today, indwelling and empowering Christians to live godly lives.
Romans 8:9-11, Ephesians 5:18
We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, existing to save the lost and to edify the saved. Through the church we celebrate baptism and communion, as Jesus commanded His followers.
Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16
We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to judge both the living and the dead. He will send away from His presence those who have not trusted in Him for salvation, but He will bring with Him those who have trusted in Him to heaven. From there He will reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Matthew 25:31-46, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 20:11-15
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God creates each person in His image as male and female to honor Him in every way with their sexuality.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2; Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6; Galatians 3:28)
We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality – anything that violates God's standards from Scripture in the two preceding paragraphs (also including incest or use of pornography) – is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Hebrews 13:4)