What We Believe
God the Father
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the Creator of all things visible and invisible.
Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our one and only Savior. He was born both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. He suffered and was crucified; died and was buried; and rose bodily from the dead on the third day. Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits on the right hand of the Father and will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.
I John 4:9; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 17
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
John 16:5-15; Joel 2:28-29; I Cor. 2:10-16
We believe that God created men and women in His image, and they all matter deeply to Him. However, due to the power of sin over all people in their nature and through their choices, we have been separated from God. As a result, we are all in need of a Savior and Redeemer to reconcile this separation from God.
Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:9-10, 5:6-11
We believe the Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by God’s grace through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and victorious resurrection. Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead for the forgiveness of their sins will be saved and experience eternal life with God. God declares the believing sinner righteous on the basis of the blood of Christ. Justification is a gift given through the grace of God, not by works, and takes place the moment the individual has faith in Christ.
Romans 3:24, 4:2, 5:1, 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God given to all people (both Old and New Testaments). Anointed men were moved by the Spirit to write the words of Scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error in the original writings and it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all it instructs, and trusted for all that it promises.
2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119
The church is the body of Christ and is made up of individuals who have been justified by God’s grace through faith in Christ. Our purpose is to worship God, make disciples, equip others for ministry, and extend Christ’s mercy to the world.
Ephesians 1:14, 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:12-28; Acts 1:8; Luke 6:35-36
The Second Coming
We believe in the imminent personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth at a time only known to God in order to fully establish His Kingdom. This “Blessed Hope” informs Christians to live, work and serve full of hope in our world today.
Isa. 65:17-25; I Thess. 4:13-5:11; Rev. 19:11-21
Living in christ
We believe the Bible teaches that once a person has received God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, the life-long process of sanctification begins, with the individual repenting of their sins and being baptized by immersion. The process of sanctification continues throughout the life of the believer through the work of the Holy Spirit as we are transformed into the image of Christ. The evidence of this ongoing process is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:22-23
Baptism & Lord’s Supper
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances for the church that were instituted by Christ Himself during his life. These two practices physically remind believers of Jesus’ saving work; therefore, they confirm and nourish the believer. We practice water baptism by immersion following a person’s confession of faith that acts as a step of obedience to Jesus indicating saving faith. We take the Lord’s Supper weekly to remind ourselves of the purpose and unity we have by gathering in worship of Christ.
Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34; Acts 20:7
Marriage is an institution established by God whereby a man and a woman enter into a lifelong covenant relationship. It enables both husband and wife to attend to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the other. It provides the Biblical context for the procreation of children. Marriage is to be an exclusive bond between a man and a woman that is maintained in purity and fidelity. It is intended by God to witness to the world of the love between Christ and His Church.
Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:21-33; Hebrews 13:4