What We Believe
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, a member of the Godhead, guides believers into all truth, exalts Christ, and regenerates believers. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
- Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7
- Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6
- Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32
- John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24
- Acts 17:26-31
- Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31
- Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6
- 1 Corinthians 1:18
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
- Galatians 2:20; 3:13
- Ephesians 2:8-10
- Philippians 2:12-13
- Hebrews 9:24-28
- Revelation 3:20
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Spirit and Truth
Jesus told the woman at the well the Father was seeking those to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. It is because of this, both God's truth and God's Spirit should be incorporated into every church service as well as the every day life of believers. God's truth sets us free and is essential to the life of a believer and, as such, is under attack and must be fought for. Likewise, the operation of the Spirit, through supernatural gifts, Spirit-led music, and Spirit-led living, is an expected part of the church.