WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God's Word through which He reveals himself to men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160 / Proverbs 30:5 / II Timothy 1:13; 3:16 / II Peter 1:20-21)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22 / Psalm 90:2 / Matthew 28:19 / II Corinthians 13:14 / I Peter 1:2, 11)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin and is, therefore, God in the flesh. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6 / Matthew 1:22-23 / John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 / Acts 1:9-11 / Romans 1:3-4 / I Corinthians 15:3-4 / I Timothy 6:14-15 / Titus 2:13 / Hebrews 4:14-15)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as 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 understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-13 / Acts 1:8 / I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 / II Corinthians 3:17 / Galatians 5:25 / Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God so that he needs salvation.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (John 1:12; 14:6 / Romans 5:1; 6:23 / Galatians 3:26 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Titus 3:5)
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. 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 this security. (John 10:29 / II Timothy 1:12 / Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14 / I Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that a church is a local assembly of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. This is expressed through a covenant commitment to obey Christ’s commands and taking the gospel to the world.
Baptism is a public declaration of our inward faith in Christ and has no saving power. It is being immersed in water by the Lord’s church and it pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is a public commitment to walk in newness of life as a Jesus follower and is a requirement for membership in a local church. (Acts 2:41)
The Lord's Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a celebration practiced by the members of the local church in memory of Christ’s sacrificial death in payment for our sins. It is not necessary for salvation but is important to show our fellowship with Christ and the other members of our church. That is why it is called “communion.” (I Corinthians 11:23-34; 5:11-12)
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist 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 Eternal Life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:16 / Romans 6:23 / I John 2:25; 5:11-13 / Revelation 20:15)