Core Beliefs

 

God:

God is Creator and Ruler of the universe. There is one, eternal God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is Holy, Righteous and Unchanging. The only way to have an authentic relationship with God is through Jesus Christ. 

Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4; John 1:14; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3;Genesis 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:17; Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 90:2; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 John 1:5; Nehemiah 9:7-8; Malachi 3:6; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

Jesus Christ:

Jesus is the Son of God. He is one with the Father. Jesus Christ has been with God since eternity past, and God created the universe through Him. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, became flesh and blood, and made His dwelling among us. He is both fully God and fully human. 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 rose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. He went to heaven and will return again to bring a new heaven and a new earth.

 

Colossians 1:15-20Colossians 2:9 ; Matthew 1:18-23; John 10:30; John 1:1-5, 14:6, 14:10-30; 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 9:5; Isaiah 9:6; John 20:26-28; John 5:19-29; Matthew 28:18; Hebrews 1:8; Hebrews 4:14-15; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13; Revelation 21:1-5 

 

Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. He makes us aware of our need to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and acts as a seal and a pledge of our inheritance in God’s kingdom for the believer. He lives in every Christian. As the Spirit of Truth, He gives us guidance and leadership on a daily basis so we can obey God’s Word and do what is right. The Body of Christ is unified by the Holy Spirit and He gives each believer spiritual gifts which they should use to honor God. We seek to live under His control in all situations. 

Genesis 1:2; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; John 16:7-13; John 14:15-17, 26; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 5:15-20; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14:1

 

Mankind:

We believe that man, created by God in His image, willfully sinned, and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:27; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; 1John 1:8-10; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23

 

Salvation:

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. We believe the Bible teaches that a person receives God’s grace by repenting of their sinfulness and putting their faith in Christ. We also believe as followers of Christ our salvation is demonstrated through the act of baptism and living a life led by the Holy Spirit. 

Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1-2; John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 10:9; Matthew 10:32; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; Acts 4:12; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 2:38; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 5:16-26

 

Eternity:

People are 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. Hell is being eternally separated from God. Heaven is being with God eternally. 

1 John 5:11-13;Romans 6:23; Matthew 5:22; Mark 9:42-48; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:10-20; John 3:16; John 6:29-58

 

The Bible:

We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired word of God and is the final authority for all matters of faith and life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Romans 15:4; Psalm 119:105, 160; 2 Timothy 1:13

 

The Church:

We believe the church is not a building; rather the church is the body of Christ on earth, with Christ as the head, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world, teaching followers of Christ to obey and serve Him, and to equip his followers for ministry. The church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ. Involvement in a local church is critical to individual growth, fellowship and support for life’s day-to-day challenges.

Colossians 1:15-18; Ephesians 5:22-29; Matthew 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:19-20; Romans 12:5-8; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:1-16