We value the Father as equal to the Son and Holy Spirit. He is eternal and infinite. He, along with the Son and Holy Spirit, created mankind. Through His grace and mercy, He sent His Son to save mankind from sin. His glory is seen in the Son. He sent the Holy Spirit to live within His children to help them to live for Him. His glory is seen in the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:16)
We value Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, although tempted, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return to take God’s children home.
(Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-15; Hebrews 4:14; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Matthew 4:1-11)
We value the Holy Spirit as equal with the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit provides Christians with power for living, understanding truth, and guidance in following the Word. The Holy Spirit comes to live within us to assure us we are God’s children. As Christians, we seek to live under the Holy Spirit’s control daily.
(John 16:7-13; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Galatians 5:25; Acts 2:38)
We value the unity that God brings through the Holy Spirit that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. (Ephesians 4:3-6)
We value a common faith. Our faith is in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and our relationship with God is dependent upon that faith. Our faith is based on our belief and trust that salvation is from God through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 3:21-28, 4:16; Galatians 2:15-16; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Hebrews 11:1-3)
We value God’s word and strive to follow the teachings of the scripture. Therefore, we believe it is important for each person to examine the scriptures for himself.
(Acts 17:10-12; II Peter 1:19-21; II Timothy 2:15; I Thessalonians 2:13)
We value the church as the family of God. This family is made up of baptized believers, God’s children. Jesus is the head and we, God’s children, are His Body.
(Ephesians 2:10-22; Acts 2:41-47; Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 2:10-14)
We value the autonomy of local congregations led by elders under the headship of Jesus.
(Acts 14:23; 1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:5;Ephesians 1:22-23)
We value God’s concern for the lost, His love, mercy, grace and patience and His desire that no one should perish. (II Peter 3:8-9)
We value community involvement, respect different cultures and seek to live together in peace and harmony with all peoples. (Romans 1:14-17; I Corinthians 9:19-23)
We value that salvation is a gift from God but that we must accept it. We can never earn our salvation by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. We are saved when we turn from our sin, turn to God in faith, and are baptised in reinactment of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
(Romans 3:21-26, 6:1-18, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 2:38; Matthew 10:32-33)
We value the promises found in scripture as one comes to Jesus in obedience. These include: forgiveness of sin; being added to the body of Christ; becoming a child of God; receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and hope. (Acts 2:38-47; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:18-23; Acts 22:16)
We value unity and peace through our love for God and each other. We do not claim to be the only Christians; we do desire to be Christians only. (Romans 14:1-12; John 13:34-35; I Corinthians 1:10-17; John 14: 1-7; Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 10: 27; John 17: 20-26)
We value that God offers an eternal home for His children, heaven, where we will live in peace and joy, in the presence of God. The Holy Spirit seals our guarantee of heaven.