Auburn, New York
We believe that All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...(2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV) We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that each and each part means exactly what God and its human author intended it to mean.
We believe that individual believers, with the illumination of the Holy Spirit, and using responsible interpretive methods, are free to interpret the Scriptures. As a result, many of us agree to disagree over points of doctrine. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17, NKJV) This does not mean we tolerate heresy. We affirm, with Peter Meiderlin, "In essentials, unity. In nonessentials, liberty. And in all things, charity."
Salvation (that is, the permanent and complete removal of all our sins, past, present and future) is accomplished solely by faith in Christ - not by works, church membership, baptism, or anything else. When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31, NKJV)
Baptism is an outward and public display of what has already happened in a believer's heart (namely, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the death to sin, and new birth - 2 Corinthians 5:17). It is an ordinance for sincere believers of adequate age and capacity to understand what it is they are undertaking.
We worship one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), in three Persons - Father (1 Peter 1:2, and others), Son (John 20:28 and others), and Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost (Acts 5:3-4 and others). God being one and at the same time three is a nearly impossible concept for us to grasp, but, if we fully understood Him, He wouldn't be God (Isaiah 55:9).