The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation available to all mankind. In Christ, we find pardon for sin, the promise of eternal life, regeneration, and reconciliation with God for those who have faith in Jesus Christ. By His bodily resurrection, Christ broke the power of death and by His ascension, He is forever exalted as Lord, Savior and King.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose covenantal membership should be composed only of those who have placed their faith in Christ alone. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the Gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil and our own sin. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ to establish His righteous rule forever. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our only hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, fellowship with other believers, and faithful evangelism.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the Gospel by turning to Him in repentance and submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning to those who are not justified by faith in Christ condemnation and eternal conscious punishment, and to those who have been justified by Christ in faith, eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.