About // Beliefs

The Bible: We believe the entire Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God.  It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard.  It, alone, is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths.  (Proverbs 30:5-6; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

 

God: We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His One-ness does not diminish His power and his Three-ness does not dilute His. He is the creator of the universe, never changing, eternal, all-powerful and unending in love. (Genesis 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; I John 5:7-8)


 

Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ (the Son of God) became flesh and, in doing so, revealed God to humankind. We believe He is the Savior of the world and that faith should be put in Him. But not blind faith—he can be tested and trusted.  He, being fully God yet fully man, is the only person to live a sinless life. He bore the weight of sin and evil on the cross so mankind could be free from the penalty of sin, restored to unbroken fellowship with the Triune God, and so the whole cosmos would be restored. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14; 3:16; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:15)

 

The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit was given, after Jesus ascended into heaven, to edify, empower, and reside in the individual believer and the whole Church. The Holy Spirit is alive and active today, guiding believers into the truth and reminding them of Jesus’ own words. (Acts 1:5, 8; Ephesians 3:16; John 16:13-16) 


 

Mankind: We believe that men and women were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, mankind is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by personal effort. By the power of the Spirit mankind is continuously being renewed into the likeness of the Son, Jesus Christ, and is the agent through which God is pouring out his redemptive love in the Earth. (Genesis 1:26; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:6-10)



 

Salvation: We believe that Jesus Christ’s broken body and spilled blood, and his ensuing resurrection from the dead, are the statement from God that sins have been atoned for. Salvation is a gift from God and is sealed when one repents and places faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as the sufficient payment for sin. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Luke 24:46-47; John 1:29; Acts 3:19; Ephesians 2:8-9; I John 1:7-9; Revelation 5:9)


 

The Christian Life: We believe that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, Christians have been “bought with the precious blood of Christ” and are now called to live for the glory of God, not for the glory of self. As believers allow the Scriptures to renew their minds, they learn to yield to the Spirit and become mature and conformed to the image of Christ. (Matthew 16:24; John 14:23; Ephesians 3; Galatians 5:25; II Corinthians 3:18; I Thessalonians 4:3)


 

The Church: We believe that the Church is the body of Christ. The members are those who have trusted by faith in (1) the finished work of Christ on the Cross and (2) the triumph of the Resurrection of the Son of God. The Church is the window through which the world sees God—therefore, as the church serves “the least of these, my brethren”, God will be glorified and others will be brought into the middle of that love. (I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23)


 

The End: We believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of believers, the final judgment, and the consummation of the new heavens and the new earth. The Lord will preside over the final judgment and will reward “each one according to what they have done.” Only the Father knows the time of Jesus’ return. (Matthew 24:30, 36; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Romans 2:6; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 1:7)

 
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