BELIEFS

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The most important part of any church is what it believes to be true. The beliefs listed below are not meant to be an exhaustive list of every true statement about God. All of the books in the world couldn't contain that information. Instead, the following is intended to serve as a list of what we consider to be "essential" beliefs to the Christian faith. These beliefs show the uniqueness of Jesus and the critical importance of the Church. God doesn't desire for us to hold to a bullet-pointed list of right beliefs. He wants us to know Him as He really is. That is what matters. That is what is most important. Because of who Jesus is and because of what Jesus has done, any person can have a relationship with God. We can know Him. When we know Him, we will want to love Him, serve Him, and follow Him. What greater adventure could there be than experiencing a relationship with the God of the universe? He invites you into that relationship today.


GOD

We believe in one God, who is the Giver of Life and the Creator of the universe. God has always existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present. The source of Truth and Love. He is faithful, good, patient, just, merciful, holy, and righteous. As Ruler of the universe, God reigns supreme over nature, history, and individual lives. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 40:12-31; 45:5-7; Acts 17:24-28; Romans 11:33-36; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Hebrews 11:3)


HUMANITY

We believe men and women are created in the image of God. Human beings are made up of spiritual nature and a physical body, and are wholly dependent upon God. The primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, all men and women have rebelled against God's standards and are marked by an attitude of defiance towards God. This defiance towards God, which the Bible calls "sin," causes separation from God. Reconciliation with God cannot be earned by any human means, and is only available by His grace. (Genesis 1:26-27; Mark 12:29-30; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 3:23-24)


JESUS

We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal divine Son of God. He chose, voluntarily, to be made into human likeness, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. Jesus is God's ultimate solution to the brokenness of humanity. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. His sacrifical death on the cross paid the penalty for the sin and rebellion of humanity against God. Three days later, He rose from the dead to permanently defeat sin and death. He appeared to many widnesses for the next forty days, then ascended into heaven where He now serves as the Mediator between God and humanity. He will return to judge the living and the dead, and establish His eternal kingdom (John 14:6; Acts 1:3; Romans 1:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-9; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-22; 1 Timothy 2:5)


SALVATION

We recognize our inability to restore a relationship with God on our own merit or by our own effort. God, in His mercy, has reached out to us and provided the solution to the problem of our brokenness caused by sin. God invites us into a restored relationship with Him by placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Those who place their faith in Jesus should believe that He is the Son of God who died for their sins and was raised from the dead, repent of (turn away from) their sins, confess their trust in Him, and be immersed in Christian baptism. God's promise is that everyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ will receive the forgiveness of their sins and the free gift of eternal life. (John 3:16-17; Acts 2:36-39; 4:12; Romans 1:16-17; 3:22-24; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:1-10)


HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the presence of God in the lives of Christians. The Holly Spirit has been given to us by God, the Father as a comforter, guide, teacher, and guarantee of our eternal hope. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to live in obedience to God's commands. His work in us produces lives characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Through His Spirit, God grants gifts and abilities to Christians for the strengthening of the church. (John 14:16-17; 16:13; Romans 8:9-14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-13)


BIBLE

We believe in the authroity of the Bible. The Bible is God's revelation of Himslef and His will. The Bible was written by human authors who were inspiried by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is authoritative and is entirely true. The Bible is useful for teaching, preaching, and training in faith. It is the source and standard for all subsequent Christian teaching, doctrine, and belief. (Psalm 119; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


THE CHURCH

We believe the church represents Jesus to the world. The Bible descriibbes the church as a living organism (a body), with Jesus as our Leader (our Head). Every Christian plays a unique role in contributing to the growth and maturity of the body. God has chosen to use the Church to restore a los tworld to Himslef through JEsus Christ. For the Church to fulfill God's intention, it is essential that Christians gather together to worship God and celebrate His activity among them. As the Church gathers together, it is equipped, built up, and encouraged through teaching, prayer, and communion. As the Church grows in maturity and unity, JEsus is honored and His mission is advanced. (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18)


ETERNITY

We believe in the present reign of God over all things, and that the Kingdom of God will be made complete when Jesus returns to the earth to establish His eternal rule. When Jesus returns, He will stand as judge of both the living and the dead. Those who belong to JEsus will spend eternity in His presence, in a place the Bible describes as Heaven. Those who choose to live apart from Him, in this life, wil lspend eternity outside of His presence in a place described as Hell. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal destination. God's heart, expressed clearly in the Bible, is that all of humanity would come to know Him by embracing his grace offered freely in Jesus. (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 9:27-28; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; 2 Peter 3:8-10; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:1-4)


COMMUNION

We believe communion is a time of remembrance Jesus instituted with His first followers at an event called the Last Supper. Every time it gathers together, the church is to remember the sacrifice of Jesus as part of the foundation of the faith. Through a piece of bread and a cup of grape juice, we are reminded of the sacrificed body and shed blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and the offer of salvation. Because of the example of the New Testament church, we participate in communition weekly. (Luke 22:17-20; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)


BAPTISM

We believe, in baptism, we unite with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. Once a person believes Jesus is the Son of God: who died for their sins and was raised from the dead, once they repent of their sins and turn to Jesus, once they confess their trust in Jesus as Lord, the next step is to be immersed in Christian baptism. According to the New Testament, baptism is to be by immersion, for the forgiveness of sins, and receiving the Holy Spirit. Baptism is part of the biblical response to the Good News of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:1-5; Galatians 3:26-28; Colossians 2:11-12; 1 Peter 3:2)