What We Believe

The Bible

It is God’s Word to all mankind. It is comprised of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit; therefore, it is without error in its original form. The Bible is reliable. It is the supreme and final authority for Christian faith and living. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Samuel 22:31; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:9-16)


God

He is the creator and ruler of all that is. He eternally exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are the one true God. (Genesis 1:1-2:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 103:19; Ephesians 1:3-23; John 14:6-11; Matthew 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4)


The Father

God the Father is equal with the Son and the Holy Spirit as God. He reigns over all things according to His purpose and grace. He directs everything for His glory, and He is the father of all those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:3-6; Galatians 4:1-7; Isaiah 64:8)


The Son

Jesus Christ is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit as God. He is the eternally existing Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless, human life, and He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven where He intercedes on behalf of those who believe in Him, and He will return again to judge all mankind and reign as King of Kings. (Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:7-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11-20:15)


The Holy Spirit

He is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He was sent into the world to make men aware of their sin and their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He reveals spiritual truth and equips Christians with spiritual gifts, power for living, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (1 Corinthians 2:6-16, 12:4-11; John 4:26, 16:7-13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:15-20; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:16-26)


Sin

Man was made in the image of God as the supreme object of God’s creation. He was designed to bring glory to God and live in a relationship with Him. Adam and Eve became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Sin results in physical and spiritual death, which cannot be overcome by human effort. (Genesis 1:26-31; Ecclesiastes 12:13; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Isaiah 43:7, 59:1-2; Psalm 51:3-5; Romans 2:5-10, 3:23, 6:20-23; 1 John 1:5-10)


Salvation

It is a free gift from God to man and is God’s only provision for the penalty of sin. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by confessing and turning from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness can man be born again and have his relationship with God restored. Since this restoration is based on God’s grace and not on man’s effort, salvation cannot be lost. (John 1:12-13, 3:3-5, 16-17, 6:37-40, 10:27-29, 14:1-11; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 5:11-13, Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:13-14)


The Christian Life

It is possible because of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. With His help, the Christian strives to honor God with every thought, deed, and word. Among other things, the Christian should seek to worship God both individually and corporately; demonstrate a lifestyle of selfless service to others; influence those who have not yet trusted Christ to believe in Him; and pursue community and accountability with other Christians. Living in grace and truth, we believe every person must be treated with compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 4:23-24;Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 4:8-11; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; Hebrews 10:23-25, Mark 12:28-31, Luke 6:31)


Relationships

God created both man and woman in His image to have a relationship with Him. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. God calls for men and women to be spiritually and physically pure. Marriage is designed by God to be a covenant relationship between one man and one woman who honor Him in unity and sexual purity. We believe that God commands that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage, and that marriage should reflect the relationship between Christ and the church as found in Ephesians 5. (Genesis 1:26-27, Mark 10:6-9, Matthew 15:18-20, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Peter 1:13-16, Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:1-5, Ephesians 5:21-33)


The Church

It is made up of all those who have trusted in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins beginning in the early first century and culminating when Christ returns. It is organized into local assemblies of believers who are free from any external control and are led by Elders who submit to Christ’s leadership. Among other things, the local church is entrusted with the responsibility of baptizing believers by immersion and remembering Christ’s sacrifice and promised return by participating in the Lord’s Supper. (1 Corinthians 12:13-31; Acts 2, 15:41, 20:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 10:23-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)


Angels

God created angels to serve and worship Him. Demons are those angels who have rebelled against God and serve Satan instead. Satan, who was the first rebellious angel, is the author of sin. He introduced sin to man through temptation, but he has been defeated by the death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:1-14; Revelation 12; Genesis 3; Romans 16:20)


Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God, in Hell, because of his sin, or in union with God, in heaven, because of salvation and the forgiveness of his sin. (Revelation 20:11-21:8; John 3:14-18)


The Future

Jesus Christ will return soon to gather the Church to Himself and then establish a 1,000 year reign on the Earth. Everyone who has died will come back to life, and those who have trusted Christ will be judged and rewarded. Those who have not believed will be judged and condemned. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Revelation 20:1-6)

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