autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a lovingunity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledgeand sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and tomake all things new for His own glory.
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words ofhuman authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, thecomplete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of humanknowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed inall that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. Inunion with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under Hiswrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures.Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Helived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heavenand sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as theperfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the onlyground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the worldof its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted asheirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers forChristlike living and service.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faithalone 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 membership should be composed only of believers.The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangiblyexpress the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church ingenuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. 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 forone another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’spower, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience toChrist’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel inword and deed.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming ofChrist, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivatesthe believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentanceand receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judgethe world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believerto eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of Hisglorious grace. Amen.