Our beliefs are the heart of our church and the motivation behind everything we do. The answers to the following questions inform how we operate on a daily basis, both as individuals and as an organization.
What is “the Gospel”?
Gospel means good news. The good news simply put, is that relationship with God is possible. God made you, He loves you and wants you to know Him personally. However our knowledge of God has been clouded by sin, disobedience, rebellion and imperfection. We have been separated from God and though justice demands punishment and perfection cannot be tainted, God provided a perfect solution. Jesus paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross in our place, allowing God to fully punish every injustice, evil, and oppression. And while our sins were attributed to Jesus, His perfection is attributed to anyone who places their faith in Him. This means restored relationship with God is possible by accepting His gift, believing in and depending upon Him.
Eph. 1:4-5; Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 1:8; 1 Peter 2:24; John 14:6; John 1:12
Who is God?
We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that he hears and answers prayer, and that he saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14
Who is Jesus?
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in his life, and making atonement for the sin of the world by his death on the cross. We believe in his bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, his high priestly intercession for his people, and his personal, visible return to the world according to his promise.
Matt. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11
Who is the Holy Spirit?
We believe in the Holy Spirit, a full and equal Person of the Trinity. He came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, gift and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Spirit is our power source for life, ministry and spiritual growth as we yield to his control.
2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:1
What is The Bible?
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely and uniquely inspired, so that it is “God-breathed” and absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
Who is Mankind?
We believe that all people are created in the image of God, and by nature and by choice are sinners, and therefore separated from God. But “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence. Those who reject Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
What is Salvation?
We believe that salvation is by God’s grace apart from any human effort or merit. Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator, and 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 the forgiveness of our sins. It is by the gift of grace alone that one is saved. Yet not everyone receives this gift. Salvation, though offered to all, is only given to those who receive it through faith in Jesus. To receive this grace is to respond in confession of sins, genuine repentance and humble trust in Him. Salvation results in sanctification the process in which God’s children become more devoted, growing in character, faith, and love for Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 6:1-4, 23; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal 2:20; 3:26; 2 Cor 5: 17-21
What is the Church?
We believe the Church is the living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with him in baptism and associated for worship, work and fellowship. The Church is expected to observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and participate in the mission of making disciples by persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and by nurturing believers to enthrone him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the gospel. We believe that each church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.
Matt. 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 1 Cor. 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22
What about Sexuality?
We believe that sex and sexuality is created by God and as with all areas of life, must be understood in accordance with His purposes and carried out in submission to His authority. We believe scripture clearly teaches that God-designed and God-honoring sex is an expression of selfless love and union between a man and woman committed to one another in the exclusive covenant of marriage. Sex is a beautiful gift from God with an intended purpose and not a right or entitlement of mankind. Taken away from the authority and purpose of God sex is a dangerous idol with far-reaching harmful consequences. Yet, God’s grace can redeem and rescue anyone from any sin.
Matt. 19:4-6; Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Thes. 4:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; Eph. 5:3, 21-33; Heb. 13:4; Col. 3:5; Rom. 1:22-27; Gal. 5:19
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