What We Believe

As you look into our doctrine, you will find that while we are progressive with our ministry practices, we hold true to long-held beliefs.  As such, we accept the Scriptures as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Our interpretation of Biblical doctrine leads us to believe:

GOD

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;3:22Psalm 90:2Matthew 28:191 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. 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 arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22,23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1–1514:10–30Hebrews 4:14–151 Corinthians 15:3,4Romans 1:3,4Acts 1:9–111 Timothy 6:14,15Titus 2:13)

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of 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 the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17John 16:7–1314:16,17Acts 1:81 Corinthians 2:123:16Ephesians 1:13Galatians 5:25Ephesians 5:18)

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. 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 the truth without any mixture of error.  (2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20,212 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:10516012:6Proverbs 30:5)

HUMAN BEINGS

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27Psalm 8:3–6Isaiah 53:6aRomans 3:23Isaiah 59:1,2.)

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. Only by believing in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we believe in Jesus by faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8,9John 14:61:12Titus 3:5Galatians 3:26Romans 5:1)

ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, believers are secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self–effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:292 Timothy 1:12Hebrews 7:2510:10,141 Peter 1:3–5)

ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally 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 real places of eternal existence. (John 3:161 John 2:251 John 5:11–13Romans 6:23Revelation 20:15Matthew 1:8)