Cornerstone doctrinal statement
It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
1. God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
2. The Son Jesus Christ is God who exists together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left Heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures–God and man–in one person.
3. The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, following conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and shows evidence by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit in the individual.
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Healing–body, soul, and spirit–and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement.
The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is received by faith alone. Salvation comes through personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus, and personal acceptance of His sacrifice as one’s Lord and Savior. The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. So salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. It is secure in the eternal by the unchanging commitment of God, who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation produces an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior.
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is given to us as believers and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is absolute, and His promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are due to the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.
The goal of the Church is to participate with God in bringing about His purpose of hope, redemption and grace in the world. We are called to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The final authority of the Church is expressed by the Leadership Team of the Church . It is essential to the life of the Church that biblical patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the Leadership Team.
The Word of God has given the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first one, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s heart and life, and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. The second ordinance, the Lord’s supper, is a commemoration of Christ’s death and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again. Both institutions are only for believers who have put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship with Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.