The Bible is the inspired word of God and truthful in all that it affirms. It is the final authority for Christian faith and practice.
Marriage is one of the primary ways that God describes his relationship with his Bride (the church), and therefore marriage between one man and one woman should be protected as a sacred institution established by Him.
There is one true God who exists eternally in the form of three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Distinct in relationship, the three persons of the trinity are fully God and are one in essence and purpose. God has revealed Himself to be the infinite personal creator, who is sovereign over all things.
Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son. Being both fully God and fully man, He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to prepare a place for believers and to intercede on their behalf.
Mankind was originally created in God’s image but, being tempted by Satan, chose the path of sin against God. As a result of this fallen condition, God’s image has been marred, and all men and women are born separated from God and in need of salvation. Through personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross, we are forgiven of our sins, reborn by the Holy Spirit and restored into fellowship with God.
The Holy Spirit convinces us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. He lives in us, teaches us, equips us with spiritual gifts for effective ministry and empowers us to live, grow, and serve in obedience to God.
The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth and includes all true believers in Jesus Christ, who is the head and source of the Church’s life, which exists to bring glory to God. The Church fulfills its mission by celebrating the glory and goodness of God, cultivating personal growth in Christ, caring about one another in biblical community and communicating the gospel in both word and action to the world.
Jesus Christ will one day physically return to earth to establish His eternal kingdom. He will judge the world, reward the saints and rule for all eternity. This is the blessed hope of the Church and its encouragement for perseverance in faith and ministry. Those who have been reborn in Christ will live with Him in Eternity.