In the essential beliefs, we need unity.
"There is one Body and one Spirit... there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all..." (Ephesians
In the non-essentials, we need freedom.
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge... Each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God." (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
In all our beliefs, we need love.
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2)
Our Core Beliefs are intended to be a basis of fellowship. There will always be peripheral doctrines that committed Christians disagree upon, but the core beliefs of Christianity are non-negotiable.
Verbally inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
The only written revelation from God to man (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our fixed source of authority for faith and conduct
Without error and endurable for all generations and cultures (Psalm 119:160).
Super-dimensional and eternally self-existent, having always existed outside of time and space (Psalm 90:2; Jn. 8:54-59).
Omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
The creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1-2)
One Being who has revealed Himself in three Persons - Father, Son, & Holy Spirit(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
The second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God (Rev 1:8; Luke 1:31-35.
Sinless, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, I Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5).
The one sacrifice who ultimately restores mankind from sin (2 Corinthians 5:21, Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16,
Resurrected from the dead and seated at the right hand of God (Acts 2:22-36; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 6:14, 15:4; Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:3)
Active in the world to make people aware of their need of Jesus (John 16:7-13)
A gift all believers are entitled to and should eagerly seek according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 4:10; Acts 1:4, 2:38, 10:45).
The power that enables the believer to live the Christian life more victoriously as they continually offer themselves to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Rom 12:1-2).
Experienced as an overflowing fullness of joy, a deepened reverence for God, an intensified consecration to God, dedication to his work, and more active love for Christ, for his word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
Available giving different gifts to everyone to build up the Church for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
(See also John 14:16-17, Gal 5:22-23, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, Romans 8:16, Luke 24:49, Acts 8:12-17, 19:1-7, Acts 10:44-46)
Made in the spiritual image of God (Genesis 1:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:7).
Fallen from innocence due to a voluntary choice to do wrong (Genesis 3:6-24).
Destined for eternal separation from God (Romans 5:12-19, 6:23).
Provided an opportunity to be reconciled to God through Christ (John 3:3, 16-17, 10:29, 15:6; Romans 3:21-26, 5:8).
Invited to accept Christ, repent of sin, and get a fresh start (Acts 2:38-39, 20:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1, 6:1-11, 8:38-39, 12:1-2; 1 John 1:9).
(See also Titus 2:11-13, 3:5-6; 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 16; Hebrews 12:14; Revelation 22:19; Luke 8:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13)
The body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-27)
All Christians on a three-fold mission of upreach, inreach, and outreach. First to worship God (I Cor. 12:13), second to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16 & I Cor. 12:28, 14:12), and third to evangelize the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16).
Respectful of two ordinances:
1) Baptism in Water- All who repent and believe in Christ are baptized by immersion as a public profession of faith in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:26-29; Acts 10:47-48).
2) Communion- The Lord's table consists of the bread and cup which are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial, an opportunity for reflection, and a celebration of our salvation (Matt 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 2 Peter 1:3-4)
Hopeful for those ready for the second coming of Christ, when there will be a resurrection of believer's bodies, and we will be caught up together with them in the heavens (1 Thess 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:50-57).
Expectant because the rapture is followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years (Matt 24:27-30; Rev 20:1-6)
Bright for the Christian because of eternal life with God and the establishment of universal peace (Isa 11:6-9, Mic 4:3-4).
Promising because we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13, Rev 21:1-8).
Subject to God's own time and God's own way.
(See also Revelation 20:11-15, 22:5,12-13; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:13; John 14:2-3; Mark 9:43-48; Matthew 25:46)