GOD THE SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws the unredeemed to repentance and faith, and at salvation imparts new spiritual life to the believer, bringing that person into union with Christ and the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service.
(John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5; 11-13, 19)
We believe that man was created in the image of God by His direct act and not from any previously existing life forms. All people are descended from Adam and Eve, who are the first parents of the entire human race. Man sinned and brought on himself both physical death and spiritual death, resulting in separation from God. All humans are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
(Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-10)
We believe that all who trust the Lord Jesus Christ are born again through the work of the Holy Spirit. As children of God they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who makes possible a life of personal holiness and obedience to the will of God. Everyone who is born again is kept by the power of God and is incapable of losing his or her salvation.
(John 1:12; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
We believe the local church is a body of those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ and is organized for worship, work, and fellowship. The local church is an independent and self-governing body responsible to Jesus Christ. Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper are the two ordinances administered by the church as visible symbols of spiritual truth.
(Ephesians 2:13-22; Acts 16:30-34; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Believer's baptism is made clear in Acts 2:38. In verse 41 Peter says, "Those who accepted His message were baptized." It is important to note the order of events as it outlined above for those who accept the Gospel of Christ. Baptism is clearly seen in the scriptures as full immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 16:29-34, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)
COMMUNION (THE LORD'S SUPPER)
Communion is simply a symbolic act of obedience whereby those who have placed their faith in Christ, through the taking of the bread and the cup, memorialize (preserve the memory of; commemorate) the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming.
(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16, 21; 11:23-29)