OUR CORE BELIEFS
In essential beliefs - UNITY
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...."
– Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs - FREEDOM
"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 things - LOVE
...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all."
– 1 Corinthians 13:2
OUR SPECIFIC BELIEFS ABOUT...
We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. – (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God and become the Savior of the world. – (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; Romans 1:3-4; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit exists to glorify Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin and indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service.
– (John 16:8-9, Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9)
We believe that man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by his own effort. – (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 8:9; Acts 4:12)
We believe God’s gift to man (salvation, the forgiveness of sins) is available only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This gift is offered by God’s grace as the only sufficient payment for man’s sin. – (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 10:9, Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Man’s Response (Faith)
We believe faith is the appropriate response to God’s offer of salvation and no amount of personal goodness or human effort is adequate to earn this gift. We believe those responding in faith should repent of sin, and confess Jesus as Leader of their life. – (John 3:16; Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9)
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, the Bible is without error and is the Christian’s final authority in faith and practice. – (2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The members are all those worldwide who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world. - (Matthew 16:13-18; 28:18-20; Acts 2:14-47)
The Christian Life
We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself. By obedience to the Word and daily yielding to the Holy Spirit, every believer should mature and become conformed to the image of Christ. – (Philippians 2:12-13; Ephesians 5:1; Romans 8:5-11, 29; 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-18)
God created marriage (Gen. 2:22). We believe it is a covenant made between a man and a woman, and that it makes them one (Gen 2:24). The marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving, and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live (Mark 10:3-10). Christians are not to marry unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14-18). Those whom God has directed to be joined together shall, after counseling with the pastor concerning what God requires of them, be joined in Christian marriage (Malachi 2:13-16; Matthew 5:32; 19:5-6,9; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:10-11, 15; II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22-23). This church observes the wedding ceremony as holy and unto God. It is a religious ceremony and cannot be conducted in this church without pastoral consideration.
The Return of Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus will fulfill His promise to one-day return to earth to take his people to heaven where he will reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. – (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14)