• Statement of Beliefs

  • About God:

    • There is one true eternal self-existent God, existing in three co-equal persons we call the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit [Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:2-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2]
    • He is the creator and sustainer of everything that exists [Genesis 1; Psalm 90:2; Hebrews 1:3 & 10; Colossians 1:16-17]
    • He is sovereign over all things [1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 50:10]
    • He is, above all else, a God of love, grace, and holiness [Psalm 86:5; Isaiah 6:3; 1 John 3:1 & 4:7-9]
    • He is personally knowable and seeks relationship with us [Galatians 4:4-6]
    • He is actively engaged with man throughout history, with the primary purpose of restoring sinful man to relationship with Him and transforming man into passionate followers of Christ [Leviticus 26: 12-13; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7 & 2:4-5; Titus 2:11-13; 1 John 3:1]

    About God the Father:

    • He is the Father of Jesus Christ [Psalm 2:7; John 6:57]
    • He is the author of salvation [Ephesians 1:4-5]
    • He sent Jesus to this world to be the Savior of mankind [John 3:16; John 5:36-37 & 6:38-41]
    • He is the disciplinarian of believers [Hebrews 12:5-10]
    • He answers the prayers of believers [Matthew 7:7-11]
    • He secures the position of believers in Christ [Matthew 10:27-29]

    About Jesus Christ:

    • Jesus is God, coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit [John 10:30; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3]
    • Jesus Christ is the virgin-born Son of God [Matthew 1:22-24; Luke 1:35; Romans 1:3]
    • He was to earth by the Father to restore man’s relationship with God [John 1:10-12 & 14:6; Galatians 3:26; 1 Peter 1:3]
    • He lived a sinless life and paid the penalty for man’s sin by dying on the cross [Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 4:15]
    • He was bodily resurrected the dead after three days [Matthew 28:5-7; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4]
    • He ascended into heaven where He sits at the Father’s side as head of the church, and intercedes for believers [Hebrews 1:1-3 & 7:25]
    • He will someday return to earth - personally, visibly, bodily — to reign as Lord of all [Matthew 24:30-31 & 28:5-7; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16]

    About the Holy Spirit:

    • The Holy Spirit is a person, is God, is co-equal with the Father and Son, and has all the same divine characteristics as the Father and the Son [John 16:15; 2 Corinthians 3:17 & 13:14]
    • He is the person of the Trinity who convicts man of sin, and calls man into a faith relationship with Jesus Christ [John 16:8]
    • He lives in every believer - serving as a guide, comforter, teacher of truth, giver of spiritual gifts, and providing the power for living a Christ-like life [John 14:16-17 & 26, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14]
    • It is through the indwelling Holy Spirit that believers are able to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Galatians 5:22-24]

    About the Bible:

    • It is the Word of God, divinely inspired, and without error in the original manuscripts [Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21]
    • It is the only source of ultimate truth [Psalm 12:6 & 1192160; John 8:31-32 & 17:17]
    • It is the supreme and final authority for faith and practice in the church, and in our individual lives [Psalm l19:l05; Luke 11:28; John 14:21; Hebrews 4:12]

    About Man:

    • Man is the highest order of God’s creative work, perfectly created in God’s image [Genesis 1:26-31]
    • Man was created to have a loving relationship with God and to bring Him glory [John 3:16; Ephesians 1:11-14]
    • Man was given free-will by God and chose to sin, that is, rebel against and disobey God [Isaiah 53:6; Romans 1:10-32]
    • Man’s sin brought the consequences of death, deterioration, disease and disorder into God’s perfect creation, and destroyed his relationship with God [Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:10-12]
    • Man cannot by his own efforts restore his relationship with God [Romans 3:23 & 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10]

    About Salvation:

    • Salvation is the full restoration of man’s relationship with God and removal of the penalty of death it is possible because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross [Colossians 2:14-16; Hebrews 10:10]
    • It is a free from God that comes only by faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior [Romans 5:1 & 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 John 5:10-12]
    • It requires confession of and repentance of sin [Romans 10:9]
    • In it God grants full forgiveness and pardon for our sin [Ephesians 1:7]
    • There are no other means for restoring relationship with God [John 14:6; Acts 4:12]
    • Salvation received by genuine faith in Jesus Christ is eternally secure and cannot be lost [John 1:12 & 10:27-29; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5]

    About Human Destiny:

    • Man was created to exist forever [Matthew 25:31-46]
    • The Bible describes two places of eternal existence: heaven and hell [Matthew 10:28; 2 Corinthians 5:1]
    • Heaven is eternity spent living in perfect relationship with God; hell is eternity spent fully and finally separated from God [John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-12; Revelation 20:15]

    About Baptism:

    • Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is important for all believers because Christ was baptized by immersion as an example for us [Matthew 3:13-15]
    • It is how we make public our faith in Christ [Matthew 10:32]
    • It is an act of obedience [Matthew 28:18-20]
    • Biblical baptism is for believers and comes the point of salvation [Acts 2:41]

    About the Church:

    • The church is the visible presence of Jesus Christ in the world - the body of Christ [Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:21-27]
    • The church refers to the universal church meaning all true believers, the local church, and groups of believers who join together to carry on the work of Christ [Ephesians 3:10-11; Hebrews 10:24-25]
    • The church is the organization by which Christ’s work is carried out in the world [Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 3:20-22]

    About the Christian Life:

    • A follower of Christ will grow to become more and more like Christin attitude, behavior, spirit and purpose [Romans 8:29; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:9-10]
    • Following Christ includes personal and corporate worship and prayer [Acts 2:46-47; 1 Thessalonians 5:17]
    • Following Christ includes serving and giving [Matthew 20:28 & 23:11; 2 Corinthians 8:7 & 9:7]
    • Following Christ includes sharing the good news of Jesus Christ at home and around the world [Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 4:2-6]
    • It is God’s intent that we live the Christian life in community with other believers and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit [Galatians 5:16 & 5:22-23]