What We Believe
God exists and reigns over the created order as its sovereign Lord and King.
He is perfect and infinite in love, power, goodness, holiness, and wisdom. From and for all eternity, He exists in three equal persons simultaneously sharing one divine essence as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
At His command, the universe was created and is sustained.
Every living thing, from animals and plants, to human beings and angels, find their origin in Him. His kingdom and dominion are everlasting and His governance is exercised through His Son, Jesus. The entire created order originally was good and fit for God’s purposes.
God created human beings, male and female, in His own image and designed them for relationship with Him and each other. They were to share in God’s governance over the earth as co-stewards with Him.
Satan, originally a great and powerful angel, rebelled against God’s rule, leading other angels in revolt.
He and his host were expelled from God’s presence to the earth. There, he enticed Adam and Eve into disobedience and established a counter- kingdom that actively opposes God’s work in the world. Through their sin, all of creation now stands under the curse of death, as corruption, decay and evil have tainted every aspect of the good world God had made. Human beings are now born into this counter-kingdom, their very nature bent towards sin, and are subject both to God’s judgment and Satan’s kingdom.
God began to restore his reign and rule over the earth through one man, Abraham, from whom would come a nation, Israel.
God established a covenant whereby he bound himself to Israel, and promised to one day bless all the nations of the earth through them.
That promise was fulfilled in the coming of God’s anointed King, the Messiah Jesus. Born of a virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus lived a sinless life, walking among us as one fully God and fully man. He satisfied the demands of God’s law with his life, and he satisfied the demands of God’s justice and judgment on us as sinners through his atoning and sacrificial death. He triumphed over Satan’s kingdom and accomplished God’s salvation for humankind. His resurrection of the dead stands as the beginning of God’s new world. He has ascended into the heavens, where he rules presently in the position of authority next to His Father.
From there, Jesus sent the promised Holy Spirit to his followers in order that they may carry on his mission and work on the earth.
To that end, the Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the body of Christ, empowers believers with spiritual gifts, and builds the church of Jesus through His power and Presence.
The Holy Spirit directed the human authors of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, so that they are exactly as God intended them to be.
The Bible stands as God’s written word to us, and is to be received as the final and absolute authority on all matters it addresses.
The Church, the community of God’s people, now exists to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of Jesus to the world.
The world is now ruled by Satan and human beings, both by nature and by choice, are held captive to Satan’s counterfeit kingdom. All humanity therefore stands under God’s just judgment. Through faith and repentance, anyone who trusts Jesus Christ as King and Savior is freed from Satan’s kingdom and brought under God’s good kingdom reign.
Though the Kingdom of God was inaugurated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, it awaits the consummation to come in the second coming of Messiah Jesus to the earth.
At that time the dead will be raised, Satan and His kingdom will be abolished, and all will stand in judgment before God. This great judgment will lead to some being cast away from God’s presence forever, while others will dwell with Him forever, in the new heavens and the new earth. God’s kingdom will be re-established over the earth, so that His redeemed people might stand as eloquent testimony of His wisdom, goodness and power forever.
Read our official “Statement of Faith” here.