What We Believe

1.       God

God is Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three equal yet distinct personalities: The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These are co-equal and are one God.  He is perfect in nature.  He is transcendent and immanent.  He is holy.

Genesis 1:1; Psalm 18:30, 19:1-2, 7, 24:1-2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:15-16; II Corinthians 13:14; I Timothy 6:14-17

2.       Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people by dying on the 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

 Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 10:30, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15, 9:28; I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13

 3.       Holy Spirit

 The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and remains with the believer.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His daily control through surrender.

II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18, Romans 8:11, 15, 26

 4.       The Bible

 The Bible is God’s Word to us.  It is divinely inspired, infallible, and eternal.  Human authors, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  It was completely and divinely inspired of God and it is the infallible word of truth without any mixture of error.

 

II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119, 150, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5-6, Isaiah 40:8

 5.       Human Beings

 People are created in the image of God to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  From the fall of man with Adam, all of us are marred by an nature of disobedience toward God called the sinful nature.  Sin means missing the mark which we have all done as accountable human beings.  This nature separates people from God and causes our spiritual and physical death.

 

Genesis 1:27; 3:1-22, Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-3.

 6.       Salvation

 Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self improvement or good works.  It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness that someone can be saved from the penalty of their sin, which is death.   It is only when someone repents of their sin and places their faith in Jesus Christ that we experience salvation and begin an eternal relationship with Him.  We are then baptized by the Holy Spirit, reborn as a child of God’s, and the promise of eternal life is given to seal our salvation for all eternity.

Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1, John 3:3, 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5.

 7.       Eternity

 

People were created by God to exist forever.  We will either eternally exist separated from God, which is for someone who passes away without having received the gift of salvation (hell), or because we have been saved we will spend eternity in the presence of God (heaven). Heaven and hell are real places where eternal torment lasts.   Heaven is only the by-product of salvation; the essence of salvation is having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

 

John 3:16, John 14:1-4, Romans 6:23, Romans 8:17-18, Revelation 20-22, I Corinthians 2:7-9

8.       Baptism

 

Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change that has happened in someone’s life.  There is no salvation power in the act of baptism, but this is an indication of a heart that desires to be in an obedience relationship with Christ.  The act was fulfilled in Christ and is expected by anyone who professes to have a relationship with Him.  The symbol of baptism is different from the baptism of the Holy Spirit which occurs at the moment of salvation.

 

Matthew 3:15; Acts 2:38, 41; Ephesians 4:5; Matthew 28:19-20

 

9.       Lord’s Supper

 

The Lord’s Supper is also an outward symbol of community with a body of believers as a means of remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross.  Its roots are in the Old Testament Passover meal that was observed with the Exodus of the people from bondage.  Also is this meal in observance as it is a time to reflect upon the sacrifice that set sinner’s free from the bondage of sin.  It is a meal that is reserved for anyone who professes Christ to be their Lord and Savior.  It is to be meal of celebration as well as a time of reflection for what Christ did. It should not be a time that is entered into casually or with any barriers in the community.  There is no salvation power in its observance as well as no power of transubstantiation that takes place.  The bread and juice are merely symbols of the body and blood of Christ.

 

Luke 22:13-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.