What We Believe

The Bible

God’s Word to all mankind, the Bible is comprised of sixty-six books split into Old and New Testaments.  Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is without error in its original form. The Bible is reliable and 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

The creator and ruler of all that is. He eternally exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal and 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.  He reigns over all things according to His purpose and grace. He directs everything for His glory, and is the Father of all 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 eternally existing and equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,  born of a virgin, and lived a sinless, human life.  Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross.  He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven where He intercedes on behalf of all who believe in Him.  Jesus  will return to judge all 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

Equal with the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit was sent into the world to make us aware of our sin and our need for Jesus Christ.  Every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation.  The Holy Spirit reveals spiritual truth and equips Christians with spiritual gifts, power for living, and guidance in doing what is right. Christians seek 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

The consequence of sin is physical and spiritual death which cannot be overcome by human effort.  Men and women were made in the image of God as the supreme objects of God’s creation.  We were 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.  (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

A free gift from God to men and women and God’s only provision for the penalty of sin.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Through confessing and turning from our sin to trust in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness, we are born again and have our 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

Christian living is possible with the presence and work of the Holy Spirit.  With His help, the Christian strives to honor God with every thought, word and deed.  Christians should seek to worship God individually and corporately; demonstrate a lifestyle of 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 God commands no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage because marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and the church 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

All who have trusted in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins since the early first century through Christ's return are the church.  The church 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.   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

Beings created by God to serve and worship Him.  Angels who rebelled against God and chose to serve Satan are demons.  Satan, the first rebellious angel, is the author of sin and introduced sin to man through temptation.  The death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ has defeated Satan. (Hebrews 1:1-14; Revelation 12; Genesis 3; Romans 16:20)


Eternity

Men and women were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God, in Hell, because of sin, or in union with God, in Heaven, because of salvation and the forgiveness of sin. (Revelation 20:11-21:8; John 3:14-18)


The Future

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

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