What We Believe

God is Father to those who have become His children through faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, and is fatherly in His attitude towards all men and in His love has reached out to them to make it possible to know Him and have life with Him. He is a personal, intelligent, and spiritual Being that is the Creator, King, Preserver, and Redeemer of the universe. He is sovereign, all-knowing, unchanging, all-powerful, everywhere present, infinite, all-wise, all-loving, holy, just, and eternal. He reveals Himself in trinity as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are co-equal and are the one and only true God. Genesis 1.1, Psalm 121.2, Colossians 3.11-10, Romans 8.15-17

Man was created by God in His image as the supreme object of God’s creation to be in community with God. In the beginning man was innocent but chose to rebel against God. This has caused all humans to inherit a nature and attitude of disobedience toward God called sin that makes it impossible for him to know or please God. This sin nature erects a barrier between man and God that man is not capable of overcoming on his own. By his very nature, man does not desire the things of God, and actively rebels against God, suppressing the truth that he knows about God in unrighteousness. Only grace can bring us men back into Holy community with God and fulfill the creative purpose of God which is to love God and enjoy Him forever. Genesis 1.26-28, Genesis 3.6-8, Romans 1.18-19, Romans 5.12, Ephesians 2.4-19

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is God incarnate and co-equal with the Father. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and perfectly revealed the Father and His will. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross which made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He arose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power and victory over sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He mediates on our behalf. He will return to earth in power and glory to consummate His redemptive mission and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. John 5.19-20, 1 Corinthians 15.3-5, 1 John 2.1-2, Hebrews 12.2, Romans 6.22-23, 1 Peter 1.21, Romans 10.9, Romans 6.4

Grace is the unmerited favor of God, meaning that though we do not deserve it, God loves us and wants to be in relationship with us. Grace is the medium of salvation. Ephesians 2.8-9

Salvation is effected by grace out of God’s loving desire to have a relationship with His creation and mankind specifically. It is a gift of God that is received by faith in Jesus Christ, who chose to die for our sin on the cross as a substitutionary atoning sacrifice. The forgiveness of our sin and salvation are by faith alone. All those who believe and confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are saved by their faith. Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. John 6.38-40, Romans 8.1-2, Titus 2.11-14, Philippians 2.12-13, Romans 10.9-10

The Holy Spirit is God’s presence in human life. He makes people aware of their need for Christ and draws them to Him. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells the spirit of the believer providing joy, peace, understanding of spiritual truth, power for living and overcoming, revelation of God’s will, guidance for right living, regenerative restoration to God’s image, and gifts to be used in building the body of Christ, the church. He also empowers us in prayer and worship. Romans 5.5, 1 Corinthians 6.19, Romans 8.26-27, Romans 15.13, 1 Thessalonians 1.5-7, Titus 3.5, John 4.23-24, John 7.38-39, John 14.25, Acts 1.7-9

The Bible is God’s inspired Word to all people. It was scribed by men under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and reveals the way of salvation, community with God, right living, and a proper, though limited, understanding of God. Being infallible, or without error, it is the supreme authority on beliefs and actions for Christ followers. 2 Peter 1.16-21, 2 Peter 3.15-16, 1 Thessalonians 2.13, 2 Timothy 3.16-17, Colossians 3.16

The church is a covenant community of Christ-followers that is a sign, foretaste, agent, and instrument of the reign of God. The bible characterizes the church as a fellowship, a family, a flock, a body, and the bride of Christ. Its purpose is to connect people with God, help one another grow in their relationship with Him, bring one another into the worship of Him, and to serve God and one another. Acts 2.42, Romans 14.19, Ephesians 4.3, Galatians 6.10, 1 Peter 3.8, 1 Corinthians 12.27, Ephesians 1.22-23, Ephesians 4.11-13, Acts 20.28, 1 Peter 5.1-2, Matthew 28.19-20, 1 Peter 4.10

The Ordinances are outward symbols of an inner grace or change. The two ordinances commissioned by Jesus Christ are Baptism and Communion/Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer into water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as an act of obedience symbolizing and professing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and the believer’s parallel death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in new life with Christ. Communion is the taking of bread and the fruit of the vine to memorialize the death of the Redeemer which restored our relationship with God and anticipate His return. Matthew 3:11, Matthew 28.19, Romans 6.2-4, Colossians 2.12, Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11.23-29

The Kingdom is the reign of God in the hearts of people who have submitted their lives to Him through commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs us to pray that the kingdom come and the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven. The reign advances as people accept Christ as Lord and do the will of the Father. As Christ-followers, we strive to allow God to reign fully in our hearts, be fully devoted to Him, and lead others into the kingdom. The full realization of the kingdom will occur at the return of Jesus Christ. John 3:3-8, Matthew 13:31-33, Matthew 13:44-46, Luke 17:20-21, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 6:9-10

The Return of Jesus Christ will be personal, visible, and universal. We do not know the time of His coming, therefore we should make preparation for and live in readiness of His coming. When He comes, it will bring an end to history as we know it and usher in the “eternal state”. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-18, John 3:16; John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 8:11; Matthew 24:44

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