What We Believe

ABOUT GOD

God is the 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, 25, 27;  3:22;  Psalm 90:2;
Matthew 28:19;  1 Peter 1:2;
2 Corinthians 13

ABOUT MANKIND

We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  We are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.  This attitude separates us from God.

Genesis 1:27;  Psalm 8:3-6;
Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2 ;  Romans 3:23

ABOUT ETERNITY

We all were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in unison with God through forgiveness and salvation.  The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell.  Heaven is the place of eternal unison and eternal life with God.
John 3:16;  Romans 6:23;
Revelation 20:15;  (Hell)
Matthew 25:41;  Revelation 21:27

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a 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.

Matthew 1:22,23;  Isaiah 9:6;  John 1:1-5;  14:10-30;  Hebrew 4:14-15;
1 Corinthians 15:3-4;  Romans 1:3-4;
Acts 1:9-11;  I Timothy 6:14-15;
Titus 2:13

ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to mankind.  We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.

Romans 6:23;  Ephesians 2:8-9;
John 1:12; 14:6;   Titus 3:5;
Galatians 3:26;  Romans 5:1

ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us 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 the self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.

John 10:29;  2 Timothy 1:12;
Hebrews 7:25;  10:10, 14;  1 Peter 1:3-5

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son as God.  He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17,
16:7-13;  Acts 1:8;  1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16;  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:1

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s word to all mankind.  It was 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 truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 1:13;  3:16;  2 Peter 1:20-21;
Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160;  Proverbs 30:5

ABOUT COMMUNION

Jesus Christ gave the church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders of His death.  These two ordinances are: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is an object lesson that represents a great spiritual truth for believers. We believe all believers can take part in communion and that you do not have to be a member of our church to do so.  The regularity of The Lord’s Supper will be determined by the church leadership.

1 COR. 11:23-26; 2 Cor. 11:29;
Mark 14:22-26

ABOUT BAPTISM

We practice baptism by immersion under water — the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands. It is an outward expression of a Christian’s commitment to Jesus Christ. This is a personal  decision that individuals make on their own.

Matt. 28:19-20 ; Col. 2:12 ; Acts 18:8

ABOUT MARRIAGE

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.

 We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.

Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18; 1 Cor. 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Matt. 15:18-20