Core Beliefs

The Scriptures

We Believe that the Bible is the complete and inerrant Word of God. God inspired all the men who wrote the 66 books that make up the Bible to record exactly what He wanted to say. He has also preserved his word throughout time so that we can be confident that the Bible we have today is as true as when the original manuscripts were written.

2 Timothy 3:16,17 ; 2 Peter 1:20,21

The Trinity

We Believe there is one living God. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three are of the same nature and being. 

Deuteronomy 6:4 ; Matthew 28:19

God the Father

We Believe God is the creator and giver of life. He is all loving, all knowing, and all powerful. God is righteous and holy in all His ways. He alone is the true God worthy of our worship and praise.

1 Corinthians 8:6 ; Genesis 1:1

God the Son

We Believe that Jesus is the perfect son of God. He is the image of God in human form. He is fully human and fully God. Eventhough he was God, Jesus humbled himself to be made lower. He became human and lived on earth as a man. He lived a perfect life. He knew that shedding His blood by death on a cross was the only way to purchase the forgiveness of sins for man. He died on the cross, shed His blood, and was buried in a borrowed tomb. On the third day, He rose from the grave victorious over death. After appearing to many witnesses, He ascended back to heaven where He currently reigns with God the Father until His return.  

John 1:1-5 ; Hebrews 4:14-15 ; Romans 1:3-4 

God the Holy Spirit

We Believe the Holy Spirit has been sent to work on the Earth among men. He convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness. He actively lives and works in the life of the believer by producing Godly character, revealing the scriptures, and interceding in prayer. He is a comforter, teacher, wisdom, and counselor.  

Acts 1:8 ; Ephesians 1:13 ; John 14:16,17

Man

We Believe man was created special by God and in His holy image. Man was created perfect in every way. By his own freewill, man sinned against God and became cursed by that sin. Because of that sin curse, we are all born into sin separated from God. Man does not have the ability to save himself. It is only through the redemptive work of Jesus' death on the cross that we can be saved.

Genesis 1; 26,17 ; Romans 3:23 ; Romans 5; 12

Salvation

We Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross and  shed His blood for the forgiveness and remission of sin. He was the perfect sacrifice that paid the penalty for all the sins of the world past, present and future. His resurrection on the third day purchased us a place in heaven. Salvation is a free gift of God. There is nothing that we can do to earn it or pay for it. Salvation is available to all people who are willing to believe by faith and accept this grace of God. It is the only way for us to be righteous before God. 

John 14:6 ; Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8,9 ; Romans 10:9,10

Sin

We Believe that when one accepts the gift of salvation he is free from the penalty of sin, but he is not free from the presence of sin. There is still a sin nature inside of our flesh that we battle with daily. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit, hinders our relationship with God, and carries consequences. We are to confess our sins to God and he is faithful to forgive and forget those sins.

James 4:17 ; James 5:16 ; 1 John 1:9 ; Proverbs 28:13

 

Eternity

We Believe that man was created to live forever. If a person accepts the free gift of salvation they will live forever with God in Heaven. For eternity they will live and serve in the presence of God. If a person does not accept the grace of God and dies in his sins, he will live forever separated from God in Hell. Hell is a real place created by God for the Devil and his demons. It is only by the rejection of God that man will go there. 

John 3:16 ; Romans 6:23 ; Revelation 20:15

The Church

We Believe the Church is a body of believers who have come together to fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission. The Church has been given two ordinances which are The Lord's Supper and Baptism. Each church is an autonomous body that functions under the leadership of a God called pastor with Jesus as the head of the church.

Matthew 16:18 ; Ephesians 1:22 ;

 

Baptism

We Believe that baptism is the outward expression of the inward change in the life of the believer. It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also symbolic of the old sinful man dying and raising up a new creature in Christ. Baptism is by full immersion and is the first act of obedience for new believers.

Matthew 28:19 ; Acts 8: 35-38

 

The Lord's Supper

We Believe that the Lord's Supper or Communion is an ordinance given to the church. It is symbolic in nature. The bread  represents the body of Christ that was given as a ransom for our sins. The cup represents His blood that was shed on the cross. We take the Lord's Supper to remember His sacrifice on the cross until His return. 

Matthew 26:26-28 ; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34    

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