What We Believe
The Nature of God
God is the uncreated, self-sufficient, and infinite Creator of the universe, who spoke everything into existence by His power. God exists in three distinct Persons (the Trinity), the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is sovereign, all-knowing, unchanging, omnipotent, and omnipresent. His character is holy, righteous, just, merciful, true, faithful, pure, loving, and personal. God is always right and can never tell a lie.
God the Holy Spirit inspired holy men of God to write down His perfect, inerrant Words, which have been accurately preserved through the ages and will never pass away. Since God is the ultimate authority and can never lie, the Bible ought to be taken as true and authoritative in all its claims and teachings, whether in living, doctrine, morality, history, or science.
Scripture contains many different genres (history, poetry, prophecy, etc) which can all be determined by examining each passage within its own context. In the case of Genesis, the context is clear that chapters 1-11 (as well as the rest of the book) are to be taken as historical narrative, and that terms such as "day" are to be taken as literally, not figuratively. Exegesis (reading biblical passages within their own context), rather than eisegesis (reading a preconceived idea into the text of Scripture; e.g. evolution, long-ages, etc), is the key to correctly interpreting the Scriptures.
As revealed by the text of Scripture, God created the entire universe out of nothing (ex-nihilo) by His spoken Word over six, normal, 24-hour days, thus eliminating the possibility of millions of years. God created animals and plants to reproduce after their kind, thus eliminating the possibility of molecules-to man evolution. On the end of the sixth day, God pronounced that His creation was very good, indicating completeness and perfection.
According to the plain reading of Scripture, God created mankind in His own image, separate from the animals. God created Adam and Eve as the progenitors of the human race, and instituted marriage between one man and one woman. All people are descendants of Adam and Eve, and are created equal as part of the human kind, regardless of skin-color, nationality, or physical appearance. The dispersion at Babel was a historical event.
God commanded Adam and Eve to not eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with the penalty for disobedience being death, however, they rebelled against this command and committed the first sin. As a result of this, God fulfilled His promise, and cursed the whole creation for man's sake. Death and bloodshed was instituted as a result of sin, for both animals and man, and Adam's sin nature spread to all mankind.
The Global Flood
Due to man's increasing wickedness and violence after the Fall, God judged the world with a global, year-long, mountain-covering, catastrophic Flood in order to destroy the early earth and its inhabitants, with an exception of Noah, his family, and representatives of every land-dwelling, air-breathing animal kind. These were saved by God's grace and Noah's faith and obedience to God's command to build an Ark of gopher wood.
Salvation in Christ
Because of sin, man was separated from His Creator and was condemned to die, both physically on earth and spiritually in Hell. However, out of God's sovereign love and grace, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, to live a perfect life, and to die on the Cross to be the pay the penalty for our sins once and for all. Jesus then physically rose from the dead, conquering sin's death penalty, and now offers the gift of salvation from God's just wrath because of sin, and the hope of eternal life to all who repent and trust in Him.