Someone once said, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” We like that. There are certain non-negotiables we’re committed to as Christ-followers. Beyond that, there are many non-essentials to our faith, with freedom for varying interpretations of the Scriptures. Yet, whether we’re defending the essentials or working through the non-essentials, we’re committed to an attitude of love.
- in the historic Christian faith as revealed in the Scripture and practiced by the early Christian church.
- that the Bible is verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing.
- that the Bible reveals the ruin of man by sin and his redemption through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- in the virgin birth of Christ, His sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven and future return to earth to establish His kingdom.
- in the One church, the body of Christ, whose members are united to Him, the Head in heaven, by virtue of their faith in the Savior.
- that the local church is God’s unique provision for His people, who gather for the purpose of worship, prayer, teaching, preaching, fellowship, and evangelism.
- that every Christian is a member of the body of Christ, which is the one true church, and that every believer should commit to fellowship and service with a local church.