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What We Believe

What we believe

Our statement of faith

In essential beliefs - we have unity.

"There is one body and one Spirit... one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all..." Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty.

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters ... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22

In all our beliefs - we show charity.

"if I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2

 

The Essentials We Believe...

The Bible:

We believe the Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, written Word of God, and that it is the only standard of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ and for His Church.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Tim 1:13; Ps 113:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5.

The Trinity:

We believe in the eternal triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who created the universe and man from nothing and that He sovereignly rules His creation for His good and gracious purposes.

We believe the three persons of the Godhead are co-equal and yet one.

Gen 1:1, 26,27; 3:22.

God the Father:

We believe God the Father is not only the creator and ruler of the universe but the supreme object of all worship and the proper object of all that is glorious.

Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14

Jesus Christ:

We believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matt.l:22,23; Is 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14,15; lCor 15:3,4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; lTim. 6:14,15

Holy Spirit:

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8, 1 Cor 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal.5:25; Eph. 5:18

Man:

We believe that mankind is totally dependent upon God for every provision and need, and that mankind owes God full and complete allegiance and service as mankind's worthy creator.

We believe that the first man, Adam, chose to willfully rebel against God which caused Adam's (and all subsequent mankind's) spiritual death.

We believe that man, being dead in trespass and sin, is unable to be reconciled with God on the basis of any human effort or means.

Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Is 53:6a; Rom 3:23; Is 59:1,2.

Salvation:

We believe that our loving, merciful and just God chose to sacrifice His virgin-born Son, Jesus Christ (who is fully God and fully man) to make payment for sin.

We believe that God chooses those whom He will save from among the spiritually dead, but that they come freely, being made willing by His grace.

We believe that those who are saved will demonstrate repentance in turning from sin, and faith in trusting the resurrected Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Gal 3:26; Rom 5:1

Eternal Security:

We believe that since God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:28,29; 2 Tim 1:12; Heb 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

Holy Living:

We believe that Christians, in submission to the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, are called to live holy lives, separate from worldly values and that every true believer will persistently grow in Christ-likeness.

Phil 1:16; 1 Peter 1:15,16; 2 Tim 1:9.

The Church:

We believe that all Christians at salvation are spiritually made members of the universal church and are called to serve Christ as a committed member of a local church family and that each local member, working jointly with all other members, is vital to the God-honoring, Christ-exalting functioning of that church.

1 Cor. 11-12

Eternity:

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the believer and the unbeliever, and that believers will joyfully be present with God in heaven for all eternity, but that unbelievers will be miserably cast into hell to exist in everlasting conscious punishment.

John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Rev 20:15; Matt 1:8; 2:44,46