We Believe

In a world of widely varying religious doctrines, we believe it is important to define our core beliefs—something  of central importance to our faith.  While our convictions may extend past what we mention here, these are the essentials.

 

Statement of Faith
 

The Bible
The Bible is God's Word and it is the final authority in all matters of faith and life.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21

God
God is the Almighty Creator of everything that exists.  He is the only true God and lives eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The essence of His being is love.

Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Roman 1:20; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Ephesians 4:4-5; John 17:3; 1 Peter 1:2; 2
Corinthians 13:14

Jesus
 Jesus is the Son of God and the promised Messiah.  He was sent to this world for the purpose of redeeming us from our sins and restoring us to a relationship with God.  Jesus was miraculously born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins.  He was buried and on the third day, arose from the grave to claim victory over sin and death.  After that, he appeared to many witnesses and ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God and serves as our mediator.  Jesus promised to return to this earth one day to judge the world and establish a New Heaven and a New Earth where all believers will live eternally with him.  

John 1:1, 14; Matthew 16:15; John 4:25-26; Matthew 17:5; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8-10; 1 John 4:10; Matthew 1:18-23; Hebrews 5:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18; Mark 10:45; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 5:24-29; 1 John 4:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20-21

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God's presence today.  He is given to us for the purpose of spiritual transformation. The Spirit works within us to make us more Christ-Like and to produce the fruits of the Spirit. The Spirit also works to teach us, to remind us of what Jesus taught, to comfort us, to convict us of our sins so we will repent, to empower us to help others, and to guarantee our inheritance (eternal life).

John 14:15-27; Romans 8:1-17; Galatians 5:16-25; John 16:5-15; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Romans 12:4-8; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Salvation
People are created in the image of God for the purpose of living in eternal relationship with Him. However, our sinfulness separates us from God and makes it impossible for us to live with Him.  The only way to repair this relationship is through the mercy and justice of God which He has shown by sending His Son (Jesus).  His death is the only sufficient payment for our sins.  Salvation is a free gift of God; it only comes by grace through faith, and it has the power to free us from the effects of sin and death.  It is available to all who put their trust in Jesus, and those who do so should repent of their sins, confess their faith in Him, and be baptized.

 Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 3:22-26; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:22-23; Ephesians 2:4-9; John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7; 1 Peter 3:21

Church
The Church is the body of Christ.  There is only one church but it is comprised of many parts.  The head of the church is Jesus Christ and, as such, He is the foundation and center of everything we do and believe.  The purpose of the church is to follow Christ by living out the greatest commands to love God and love people.

Ephesians 4:4-5 & 15-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Mark 12:28-34; Matthew 22:34-40; Acts 2:42-47