In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.
- John Wesley
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written by people under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is useful for revealing truth, teaching us how to live, and exposing where we are wrong. It is the authoritative guide in all matters of faith and conduct. There are no other writings that are vested with such divine authority. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 8:31-32; John 20:30-31; Romans 15:4).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons and known to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons are equal in every way, and they fulfill distinct but harmonious ministries in the creation, care, and redemption of humankind. (Genesis 1:1-26; Isaiah 44:6-8; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6)
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and spiritual death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:6-7 & 8:15; Galatians 4:5-7; Psalm 89:26; 1 Timothy 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:3; Matthew 6:9)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully human and that the stories and teachings of Jesus recorded in the Bible are true and accurate. We believe in his death on the cross that paid for our sin, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, continued care for his people, and personal visible return to earth to consummate God’s Plan for the world. (Matthew 1:18-25 & 20:28 & 28:1-10; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14 & 3:16 & 20:30-31; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8 & 6:9-10 & 8:3 &9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 14;1 Peter 2:21-24; Hebrew 7:25 & 9:28)
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is one with the Father and Son; who convicts people of sin, opens their hearts to God, and spiritually transforms and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s representative on earth and that He indwells every believer in Christ as a continuous helper, teacher, intercessor, and guide. (John 3:3-8; 14:16-17, 26; 15:26 & 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16 & 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and, therefore, cannot have a relationship with a sinless God. We believe that those who seek forgiveness of their sins, desire change, and surrender control of their lives to Jesus Christ are brought into eternal relationship with God by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 3 & 2:16-17; Psalm 51:1-12; Matthew 25:34-40; John 1:12-13; 3:16-18; 5:24 & 8:12; Romans 3:9-26; 5:18-19 & 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9 & 3:14-17)
We believe in the historical, global, and future church; one living spiritual body of which Christ is the Leader and all his followers are participants. We believe in the local church, consisting of a community of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized as a sign of faith, and coming together for the purposes of worship, prayer, care, and community. We believe that God has laid upon the participants of the local church the primary task of sharing the Story of God with the world. (Matthew 18:19-20 & 28:18-20; Acts 1:6-8 &2:41-47; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 10:23-25 & 11:1-12:3)
We believe that Christians should strive to love God and other people, and that this love should be evident in the way they live their lives. Their conduct should be blameless before the world; they should give generously to those in need; and seek for themselves, and others, their full potential in Christ. (Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 12:28-34; John 14:15, 23-24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:9-10 & 4:2, 5-6; 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:14-18, 23-24)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that all people who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ should be baptized as a public declaration of their faith and commitment. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord's Supper as a way of remembering his death, celebrating his presence, and anticipating the hope of eternal life with him. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until Christ’s return. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe that all people will be resurrected to face God in a final judgment, resulting in eternal life for those made righteous through Christ, and eternal death for those who refuse Him. (Proverbs 24:12; Matthew 16:27; 25:31-46; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:12-57; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)