What We Believe
In the essentials - Unity | In the non-essentials - Liberty | In all things - Love
There is only one God. He is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; I Kings 8:60; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal and one with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and was crucified on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all that would believe on His name. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 10:15-16; John 14: 7-11; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3,4; I Corinthians 15:3,4; I Timothy 6:14,15; Hebrews 4: 14,15
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal and one with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He transforms and lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right and being a witness for Jesus. He gives every believer spiritual gifts which are to be used in ministry as He wills. There is a “filling” of the Holy Spirit that takes place after salvation. As Christians we seek to continually be filled with the Holy Spirit and to live under His control daily in order to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
John 14:16,17; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:1-7; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s word to us. It is written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5; II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, He is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin eternally separates people from God and can be overcome only by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1,2; Romans 3:10-18,23
Salvation is God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ and must be received by faith. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Jesus Christ lived, died, rose again and ascended into Heaven in order to secure salvation. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty of eternity in Hell. This trust is realized by confessing with the mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, believing with the heart that God raised Him from the dead, and putting one’s life under the Lordship of Christ.
John 1:12; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:9,10; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5
People were created to exist forever. After death, one will either exist united with God in Heaven or exist eternally separated from God in Hell. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. The gift of eternal life with God in Heaven is offered to every individual who places faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
Matthew 18:8; Matthew 25:44,46; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15
Worship is communion with God in which believers, by grace, center their mind’s attention and their heart’s affection on the Lord, humbly glorifying God in response to His greatness and His Word. Worship can happen corporately when believers gather together but should also happen individually as we walk out our lives daily in Christ.
Psalm 63:3,4; Psalm 100; Psalm 126:2,3; Psalm 150; Ephesians 1:12
Biblical ministry is relational by nature and is the action of God carried out primarily through His people. The three basic priorities in ministry correspond with the Christians’ relationships with God, His people, and the world. Our first priority is to minister to God through worship. Our second priority is to minister to God’s people through nurture. Our third priority is to minister to the world through mission. Each member has the responsibility to discover and use their spiritual gifts in the body of Christ.
I Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-13; I Peter 4:10,11
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