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What we believe . . .

In essential beliefs - we have unity.
In non-essential beliefs - we have liberty.
In all our beliefs - we show love.

    • ABOUT GOD - We are to love the Lord our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. (Mark 12:29). God is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 8:6) who is the Creator of everything (Genesis 1, Genesis 14:19). Father God is Spirit (John 4:24) and forever He is God (Psalm 90:2). Father God protects His people (1 Peter 1:5) and gives them an inheritance in heaven (Romans 8:17, 1 Peter 1:4). His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We are able to enjoy His Father's heart toward us by experiencing His love every day. It's why we call Him Abba Father.

  • ABOUT JESUS CHRIST - We are to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). Jesus is the Christ/Messiah, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16-17, 26:63-64, Romans 1:4). Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-2) and man (Matthew 8:20, Luke 2:11-12, Romans 1:3). Jesus’ conception was by the power of the Holy Spirit and He was given birth by Mary, who was a virgin (Luke 1:34-35). He lived a human life without sin (Hebrews 4:15) and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people (Hebrews 7:27, Hebrews 9:14) by dying on a cross (1 Corinthians 15:3, 1 Peter 2:24). He arose from the dead in bodily form after three days (Matthew 28:5-6, Luke 24:7, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He ascended to Heaven’s glory (Acts 1:9-11) where He is our High Priest (Hebrews 8:1), speaks to Father God for our defense (1 John 2:1) and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Rev 11:15, 19:11-16). All He has done and will do will bring glory to Father God (John 14:13, John 17:4).
  • ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT - His ministry is to bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14) and to intercede for the saints (Romans 8:26-27). He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ (John 6:63-65, John 16:8-11, Ephesians 1:17, 1 Peter 1:2). We are to be filled with Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). We are baptized in Holy Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13), He provides the Christian with power for living (Ephesians 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:7), He gives guidance into all truth (John 16:13), and guidance in doing what is right (Galatians 5:17-18). He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved to minister to others (1 Corinthians 12:7-31, 14:1-33, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Hebrews 2:4). As Christians we seek to live under His control daily (Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18).
  • ABOUT THE BIBLE- The Bible is God’s Word to us (Psalm 119: 105, 2 Timothy 3:16). It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living (Psalm 119:9, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth (Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5).
  • ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS - We are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). People are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), to be like Him in life (Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:15). God loves people so He sent His Son to die in order for them to have a restored relationship with Him (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Although every person has tremendous potential for good (Genesis 1:27), all of us are marred by disobedience toward God called “sin” (Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23). This separates people from God and causes many problems in life (Isaiah 59:1-2, Romans 6:23, Galatians 5:17-21). It is only through the work of Holy Spirit that people can enter into a relationship with God (John 16:7-11, Acts 9:31, 1 Peter 1:12) and bear spiritual fruit in their lives (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • ABOUT SALVATION- Salvation is God’s free gift to us (John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Revelation 22:17) but we must receive it by faith (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8). We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works (Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5). Only by trusting in Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection (John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 15:2-4) as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty (John 11:25-26, Romans 6:23). When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith (Acts 2:38, Romans 5:1) we are saved and become children of God (Galatians 3:26). Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith (John 17:3).
  • ABOUT THE ORDINANCES - Jesus Christ gave the church two powerful ordinances as reminders of His life, His death, His resurrection, and His continuing ministry in our lives (Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Colossians 2:12, Luke 22:19-20). Baptism is the first principle of the gospel that follows faith (Matthew 28:19). It does not make us believers or “save” us (Ephesians 2:8-9) – Baptism shows that we already believe (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:26). When we take part in the Lord’s Supper we proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives and we remember His body and His blood that He freely gave up for us (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). These ordinances are an outward symbol of the commitment we have made in our hearts (Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 11:26).
  • ABOUT THE CHURCH - Anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a part of the Body of Christ or the Church (Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 5:30). The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Lord and the Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:18). The local church is to be governed and directed by a team of Leaders (1 Timothy 5:17-20, Acts 20:28-30, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-7). They are responsible to oversee and shepherd the church (Acts 20:28-30, 1 Peter 5:1-4).
  • ABOUT JESUS CHRIST’S RETURN - Jesus Christ is going to personally return and take all Christians to be with Him (Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and this is referred to as our “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13). We believe He will return when no one expects Him (Matthew 24:42-44, Matthew 25:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3) therefore His coming should have a direct impact on our personal lives and our ministries (Luke 12:40, 1 Thessalonians 3:13).
  • ABOUT ETERNITY - We will either exist in eternity separated from God by sin (Ephesians 2:12) in hell (Matthew 25:30, Revelation 20:15), or in eternity with God through forgiveness and salvation (John 3:16) in heaven (John 14:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:1).