We believe that the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God for living the Christian faith. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelations 22:18-19)
We believe there is one living God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 3:16-17, John 10:30, John 17:3, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19, John 14:26)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ became a man, not denying His deity, but was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe Jesus lived perfectly, performed miracles, substituted Himself on our behalf, and that He was unjustly murdered because He claimed to be God. We believe Jesus resurrected from the dead, defeating death and sin so we could have life. We believe that Jesus elevated to Heaven at the right hand of God and that He is coming again to judge the living and the dead. (Luke 1:31, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 John 5:11-12, 1 John 5:20, John 3:16, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27-28, 2 Timothy 4:1, Romans 5:8)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers, enabling a life that glorifies God, convicting people of sin, and regenerating people so they would have eternal life. (John 15:26, 2 Corinthians 3:5, John 3:3-5, Titus 3:5-6, 1 Corinthians 3:16)
We believe in regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because all are sinners. We believe people must repent and have faith alone in Jesus, responding to the gift of salvation that comes through the shed blood of Christ. (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 5:18-19, Ephesians 2:8-12, Romans 5:1, Titus 3:5-6, 1 John 1:1, John 3:18, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 9:28)
We believe in the resurrection of those who believe in Jesus and those who have rejected Him. We believe those who trust in Jesus will have eternal life with Christ and those who reject Jesus will have eternal punishment in hell. (John 10:28, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Mark 16:16, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10)
We believe that Jesus established the church through the Holy Spirit by the preaching of God’s Word, community, breaking of bread, and prayer to empower believers to go into all the world and make disciples. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:19, Ephesians 5:26, 1 Corinthians 11:24-26, Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:19, Hebrews 10:24-25)
The Gospel is the good news of how God made a way for broken, hurting, and sinful people. Before the foundation of the world was set, God ordained His Son Jesus to become flesh, live perfectly, and absorb our rightful punishment on the cross. The glory of God is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Therefore, the Gospel is not just the inception of a new Christian, but it is the lifeline for the salvation, growth, and mission of the Christian life. When Jesus declared on the cross, “It is finished,” the wrath of God was satisfied towards our sin. This exhibits how far God was willing to demonstrate His incredible love for people who did not desire him. No act of good deeds or words can earn our approval before God. It is only by the grace of God that we can enter into a relationship with Jesus and experience unspeakable joy found in our Trinitarian God. We believe all sound doctrine flows from a Biblical understanding of what Jesus accomplished. This is why we seek Gospel centrality in all areas of life and ministry within the church.
The sovereignty of God is the declaration that nothing in all creation is outside of His sovereign reach. He is in total control of the universe and never has to improvise. God does whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth and nothing can interfere with His purpose. Though man is responsible for sins committed against a Holy God, we believe that His sovereignty extends towards sinful people, making salvation possible because we are dead in our trespasses and sin. Our lives and all creation exist to glorify God, who is before all things and in Him all things hold together.
When we open the Scriptures, God speaks. It is our conviction to see the unfolding of the Gospel in ALL books of the Bible. The Scriptures explore and expose the condition of our own soul, the glory of God, and how Jesus has made a way for us. God has chosen to make known to us the riches of His grace, His divine nature and character, and the history of redemption from eternity past through the reading and preaching of the Bible. The Scriptures stir our affections for Jesus and revive our soul, shaping the way we think about life and God.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the Holy Spirit exercised in the Scriptures are given by God. It is the believer's responsibility to use spiritual gifts for God’s glory and the edification of the church. Therefore, the gifts should be sought after in prayer and used in submission to the Scriptures.
God has created both man and woman in His image. Therefore, men and women are equal in value, gifting, and dignity, but are different by His creative design. Our distinctive roles in church and in homes are determined by God to be complementary in the mission of making disciples. When we live the way God designed the universe, He is glorified and we are satisfied.
The mission of Jesus’ Church is to glorify God by making disciples through the declaration of the Gospel. We exist in our communities to be missionaries. Since we have been reconciled to God by His grace, every Christian’s ministry is the reconciliation of lost people. This means we pray, urge, serve, give, and preach to see people meet Jesus.