What We Believe

We are committed to learning and living truth.

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.

THE BIBLE

The Bible, comprised of 66 books of the Old and New Testament, 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 error and it is authoritative in all areas of life and doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

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;3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the eternal second person of the Trinity and co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 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 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1–15, 14:10–30; Hebrews 4:14–15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 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 3:17; John 16:7–13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

HUMAN BEINGS AND ETERNITY

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 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.)

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 3:16, 1 John 2:25, 1 John 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8)

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 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 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 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3–5)

church

There is one true church universal comprised of all those who are believers in Jesus Christ.  The scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching the Word, observance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, fellowship, service to His church, and outreach to the world.  Whenever and wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to His command, there is a local expression of the church.  Its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying God. (Acts 2:42-47)

Baptism

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, wherein the believer is immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is a sign of the believer’s identifying with the death and resurrection of Christ, and of his obedience to God to live and walk in newness of life. It is a prerequisite to church membership. (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-38)

Lord's Supper

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread, and wine or grape juice. It is to be observed by His church until Jesus Christ’s return. In no sense is it a sacrament but it is designed to commemorate His death on the cross for the sins of men. This observance is always to be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Luke 22:19-20, Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)