We believe that we are saved by grace alone and that we humans cannot earn our way into God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-5). Grace is the undeserved love and favor of God who sent His son Jesus Christ into the world to take our place under God’s law and to suffer and die to pay the penalty for our sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
We believe that mankind was originally created holy by God but soon rebelled against God and is now by nature spiritually dead and blind (Ephesians 2:1-3). Only when we are brought to faith by the Holy Spirit working through the word of God is it possible for us to be saved. Faith is God’s work, not ours, and comes only through the hearing of the Gospel message of God’s word (Romans 10:17). Faith in Jesus is not merely knowing about Jesus. Faith is depending on Him alone as the only way by which our sins can be forgiven so that we might have eternal life with God. A Christian is one who, by faith, believes God’s promise that all of his sins were forgiven through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Faith is the “hand” that receives God’s gift of forgiveness purchased by Christ on the cross.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures in their entirety are the inspired and inerrant written word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and that they are the only source and standard of faith and life for Christians. We believe the Bible is complete and requires no additions from any other source, for it clearly reveals God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.