– What We Believe –
We are all created in the image of God, which means all people are of great value. Our desire to live life our own way is what the Bible calls sin, and sin separates us from God. We need to be rescued from this eternal separation from God. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2, Colossians 3:5-6)
Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by dying on a cross, making a way for us to be reconciled to God. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. We must accept the free gift of forgiveness offered to us through Jesus’ sacrifice. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (Hebrew 9:27, Mark 9:43-48, Matthew 25:31-46)
There is one God in three persons:
- God, the Father, is the Creator. He is holy, perfect, and powerful. (Gen. 1:1, 1 Peter 1:16, Psalm 92:15)
- Jesus, the Son, came to earth as fully God and fully man. Born of a virgin He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, paid the penalty for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1 and 14, Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5-6)
- The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He indwells the life of a believer with power for living, an understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:13)
The Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It is the final authority in determining truth. In its original writing, it is divinely inspired and trustworthy. (2 Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5)
The Christian Life
This life is marked by constant submission to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Obedience to Him comes as a result of His great love for us and a trust that His ways are better than our ways. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Isaiah 55:8-9)
We believe the following have sacred purpose:
- Baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is a step of obedience for a follower of Jesus (Acts 2:41, Romans 6:4).
- Communion is a time for believers to remember the broken body of Jesus on the cross and His blood shed for forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
- Marriage is defined by the Bible as a covenant between one man and one woman and is a picture of the relationship between Jesus and the Church (Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:31-32).