To build leaders who will change their communities from the inside out.
We believe in the one true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the head of the Godhead, and into His hands the kingdom shall be delivered. The Son is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, hence the God-Man. He died on the cross to redeem man, rose again from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us, and in the Father's own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world. The Holy Spirit is the one sent from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment, to regenerate and cleanse from sin. He is the resident guide, teacher, and strengthener of the believer.
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice. We deny that other books are inspired by God in the same way as the Bible.
We believe that man was created innocent, that he was tempted by Satan and sinned; because of this men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature the children of wrath. We believe that Satan is a personal devil who with his demons carries on the work of iniquity in this world. Sin is basically rebellion against God, and the end of sin is eternal separation from God.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He atoned for our sins on the cross and rose again for our justification. Apart from Jesus Christ there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and escape from condemnation comes only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This righteousness is imputed to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates the one who makes the life commitment to Jesus. Each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in heaven. We believe in the final resurrection of all men, just and unjust—the just to everlasting blessing; but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to everlasting condemnation.
All believers should be an active part of a local body of baptized believers with Christ as their Head. Para-church activity should never be a substitute for board members, staff, or volunteers. We should by example lead young people to understand the importance of the local church.
All believers should order their conduct according to the principles of the New Testament and seek through the power of the Holy Spirit to live in such a way as to bring glory to God and to be a witness to the lost.
All believers should endeavor not only to live a Christian life in conduct and action; but also through verbal testimony and witness to the Gospel seek to lead lost souls to Christ as "fishers of men."