Committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
We believe that there are essential beliefs and non-essential beliefs. Often people get caught up in the non-essentials and miss the point of why Jesus came and what He did for us. In the essentials, we have unity. In the non-essentials, we have liberty. In all things, we show love.
There is one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. God is perfect in holiness, truth and love.
God the Father is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, He is Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. He mindfully and mercifully concerns himself with the lives of humankind, that He hears and answers our prayers, and that He offers salvation from sin and death through Jesus Christ.
Jesus (The Son)
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 men 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 and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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 believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
You were created to exist forever. We believe that forever is spent in one of two places: eternally separated from God because of sin or in union with God because of His forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. Eternal separation from God happens in hell. Eternal union with God occurs in heaven.
Mankind is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation comes as a result of believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was crucified, died, and rose from the dead as a sufficient payment for the sins of man. Salvation is a free gift from God to all, and cannot be earned through our own efforts. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ that we can be forgiven of our sins and saved from an eternal separation from God. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life through faith.
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see on display in the New Testament are still active within the life of the Church. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of conversion and enables followers of Christ to fully utilize public and private spiritual gifts for the furtherance of the Church and for personal spiritual growth. We believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience.
Ordinances of the Church
Baptism: Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 10:47-48
Lord’s Supper: Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
We believe there are two ordinances of the Church. One is that of believer’s baptism and the other is the Lord’s Supper.
Water Baptism is an outward expression of an inward transformation. Following being born-again, the Word of God instructs believers to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts the release from the mastery of Satan, sin and death.
As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. We take communion as a sign of our relationship with Jesus. This is a unique time of reverence in the presence of God when the elements of bread and juice represent the body and the blood of Jesus. These elements are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Salvation is God’s gift to you if you’ll accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith.
The Second Coming
Matthew 24:30, Matthew 26:63-64, Acts 1: 9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8, Revelation 1:7
We believe in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to Earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God. This will occur at a date undisclosed in Scripture. We await His return.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.