a. God’s Image
God created us in His image to have relationship with Him and to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinct complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.
Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by attitudes and actions of disobedience towards God called “sin.” Sin separates people from God, causes many problems in life, and has eternal consequences. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. All believers are equal in God’s sight and upon receiving salvation have equal access to Him.
c. Marriage & Family
The family is God’s foundational institution for society and is established and maintained through the marriage of one biological man to one biological woman in exclusive covenant commitment for life. God’s design for marriage is the sole expression for legitimate sexual relations. Sexual activities, including but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, and bestiality are sinful and are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. The use of pornography and efforts to alter one’s biological gender are also incompatible with biblical witness.
d. Human Life
Human life from conception through natural death has value, regardless of physical, emotional, or mental challenges, and is worthy of protection and defense.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of this Church. We will confront sin by speaking the truth and love (Ephesians 4:15) following biblical models for discipline and restoration.
Matthew 18:15-19. Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1; Matthew 5:18-20; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 1:18-32;
Romans 3:23, 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 18, 7:2-5; Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Peter 2:9