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What We Believe - Overview

The Bible

The Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments with their 66 canonical books in the original autographs, is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God.  In His providence, God has preserved His Holy Scriptures. It is the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

God

There is one true God, eternally co-existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—otherwise known as the Trinity. God is self-existing, is infinite and sovereign, unchanging, present everywhere, all knowing, all powerful, holy and righteous.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. He is the perfect, sinless, all-sufficient sacrifice and sole mediator between God and man. He lived a sinless human life and died on the cross in our place to take away our sins.

Jesus arose bodily from the dead to show His power over sin and death. He went up to Heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. He will return again to earth to establish His millennial reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. He teaches and guides, seals our salvation, and empowers believers by distributing spiritual gifts as He determines. He also convicts of sin, illuminates God’s Word and restrains evil in the world until God’s purposes are fulfilled. Every believer is baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation.

Satan and Man’s Fall

Satan is a real person – a fallen angel – and contributor to man’s fall. His powers are limited by God. He is our adversary: accusing, tempting and scheming to deceive God’s children.

Man was created in God’s image and enjoyed fellowship with his Creator. Man was tempted and deceived by Satan. In willful rebellion against God, Man fell into sin resulting in spiritual and physical death. Because of our sin nature, we are all separated from God and in need of a Savior. Jesus defeated Satan at the cross, providing every believer victory over sin and death.

Salvation

Salvation comes to us by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from any human merit. Jesus is the only ground for our legal standing before God, which includes forgiveness of sin, the promise of eternal life with Him and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once made children of God by adoption and grace, we never cease to be His children.

Relationships

A real, intimate and growing relationship with God is not only possible—it is promised and provided to His children through His Son Jesus Christ. As a church body, we seek a proper and loving relationship with our Heavenly Father and with each other.

The Church

When functioning well, the Church encourages and equips people to enjoy a loving and growing relationship with God. The Church is the Body of Christ, made up of all those who have placed their faith and trust in Him.

Like a physical body, Christ is the Head, and the believers are the various parts. Followers of Christ, who have been given spiritual gifts, work together to help those who are lost, hurting, and without God in their lives.

We obey Jesus Christ’s command to participate in believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism by immersion is a means of identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We remember Christ’s death by celebrating the Lord’s Supper by partaking in the breaking of bread and the fruit of the vine until He returns for His Church.

For more information, please see our Relational Commitments.

Human Destiny

All people will live forever, somewhere. God will receive believers into His eternal presence and will reward them for their obedience. He will eternally separate unbelievers into condemnation.

Our hope and the hope of the world rests solely in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Through Him alone there is victory over sin and death. It is because of the grace and mercy of our loving Heavenly Father that our hope and destiny are ensured.