What We Believe
God is Creator and Ruler of the universe. God is one and is the only one God. He has always existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal and co-eternal.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; Exodus 20:3; Deut. 4:35; 32:29; Isaiah 45:14; 46:9; Matt. 28:19; I Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became man in the divine-human person of Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless human life and then became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into the heavenly realms and will again someday return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-18; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 2: 5-11; Romans 1: 3-4; 3:23; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Timothy 6: 14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit dwells in every Christian from the point of their salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer skills and gifts by which to serve the Lord. As Christians we seek to live under the Spirit’s control daily.
(John 16: 7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19; Galatians 5: 22-25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
The whole Bible and every word in the Bible is inspired by God. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian belief. Therefore, we place great emphasis upon teaching it in public, studying it in private, and using it as a guide for daily living.
(Jeremiah 1:9; Matthew 5:18; I Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God and are therefore, the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, we have a propensity toward sin (attitudes and behaviors) that separates people from God and causes many problems and tragedies in life. No person is without sin.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)
We believe that through the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ by faith, and asking Christ to forgive our sins, a person becomes a Christian and our relationship with God is established. Salvation is open to all, men and women, from every generation and culture (Romans 10:13). The acceptance of Christ assures us that:
Christ comes into our life (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Our sins are forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
We become a child of God (John 1:12)
We begin a new life with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 10:10)
We are assured of eternity in heaven (John 11:25-26; 17:3)
The Church is both universal and local. It is made up of believers in Christ from the past and the present, all those who have ever lived. It is likewise the visible church of people gathered together for worship, community, and ministry to the world.
The Church has no capacity to bring salvation into someone’s life other than proclaiming the gospel message of Jesus Christ and giving people opportunity to respond. The work of the Church is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
(I Corinthians 1:2; 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18; Acts 2:1, 42; I Thessalonians 5:13-17; Hebrews 12:23)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God after this present life is Heaven. Heaven and hell are both places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5: 11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:18; 2:44-46)