What We believe
The Bible - Our Sword and Standard
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160 & 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
The Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write the books of the Bible. God Himself chose every word of Scripture. The Bible shows us how God would have us live our lives, it is life sustaining and is the ﬁnal authority in every issue it communicates. It is complete Truth, and we can trust it for all matters in this life and eternity.
The Triune Relationship
(Genesis 1:1 & 26-27 & 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed, before time even began, in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, sharing in all the glory and power and are one God.
God (The Father) - The Loving Creator
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16, 4:24,5:26, 14:1; Acts 17:28; Roman 3:3-4)
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move, and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, just and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus Christ (The Son)- The Savior of the World
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15 & 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Jesus is coming back: God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
The Holy Spirit - The Agent of Change
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Holy Spirit is a full and equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives inside every follower of Jesus from the moment they decide to follow Him. The Spirit is our power source for life, ministry and spiritual growth. To tap into that power, we must continually yield to the Holy Spirit.
Man - God's Image Bearers
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation and the only created being He breathed life into. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates man from God.
Sin: Can be defined as any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. It is like an archer shooting at a target and missing. The target is God’s law, when we miss it, we sin. The Bible states that “the wages of sin are death” (Romans 6:23) When we go against the will of God or His perfect law written in the Bible, whether big or small, we are causing separation from God.
Salvation - Free Gift through Faith in Jesus Christ
(Roman 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6 & 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. We are called to turn from our selfish desires and behaviors, to deny ourselves of those things that go against God’s Word (the Bible) and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal and help change those things in our own self. When you make that decision, you step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers. Jesus is the only way to Heaven as He stated in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The Church - God's Design for Community
(Matthew 16:18-19 & 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47 & 5:11-14 & 13:1-3 & 14:23 & 16:5 & 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17 & 9:13-14; Ephesians 1:22-23 & 2: 19-22 & 3:10-12 & 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18 & 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
The New Testament tells us the church is the body of baptized believers not just a building they meet in. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. The biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry to others.
Eternity - The Forever State of Humanity
(John 3:16; 1John 2:25 & 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
God made humans to exist forever. Heaven is a perfect place, and since none of us are perfect on our own, we are all headed for an eternity of separation from God. That’s why God sent Jesus: to pay the price for our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him. What you decide about Jesus Christ in this life will determine where you will spend eternity. If you reject Him, you’ll be eternally separated from God in Hell. If you accept Him, you’ll spend it eternally connected with Him in Heaven.
Baptism - An outward expression of inward change
(1Corinthians 12:13; 1Peter 3:21; Acts 10:48; Luke 3:13; Mark 16:16; Luke 3:21-22; Mark 1:4-5; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 2:38-41)
Baptism by immersion is an outward expression of the change made in your life through the choice to follow Jesus. It symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is done by believers after they accept the salvation found in Jesus Christ. It does not save you and is not an ongoing need. Baptism unifies the body of believers and is an act we do that Christ exhibited for us with John the Baptist.