Our Beliefs

 

God

We believe there is one God revealed in the perfect relationship of three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Triune God or Trinity.

Gen. 1:26, Deut.6:4, Mt.28:19, John 10:30, 17:11, 22

The Father

We believe in God, the Father almighty, who created everything that is seen and unseen. He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. He is our Father who is just, loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4

Jesus

We believe Jesus of Nazareth was fully man and is fully God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles with unlimited power by the Holy Spirit, and sacrificed himself in obedience to the Father for our salvation. He was resurrected from death and ascended to the Father’s side.

Mt. 1:21, 23, John 1:1-2, 14, 3:16, 34, Acts 1:2-3, 9, 2:22, Eph. 2:14-18, Col 1:20, Heb. 4:15

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, preceding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son. He enters our lives at salvation and empowers every believer to bear witness of Christ and His present Kingdom.

Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the final authority for all true Christian faith and practice, flawless in all it teaches. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is God’s Word - a revelation of Himself and his redemptive plan for humanity.

Psalm 119, Luke 8:21,John 17:17, II Tim.3:16-17, II Pet.1:20-21

Eternity

People are created to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven.

John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15

Salvation

We believe in the sinfulness of all mankind and in our need for salvation. Salvation is available only by the grace of God through personal faith in Jesus Christ, by whose death the guilt for our sins is removed and by whose resurrection we experience eternal life with Him.

Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20

Sanctification

We believe in sanctification, the process of being separated from sinfulness and dedicated to God to do good works produced by faith. This process begins at salvation when the believer receives the Holy Spirit and continues throughout his/her lifetime.

1 Cor. 6:11, Gal. 5:22-23, 1 Thess. 4:3-5, 5:23, II Pet. 3:18, James 2:26, Hebrews 10:22

Spirit Filled Life

We believe in the active work and present power of the Holy Spirit to enable every believer to participate with Jesus in His Kingdom work. The goal of every Christian should be to lean into spiritual gifts and stay in step with the Spirit in the study of Scripture, in our relationships, and in bearing witness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:25-32, 5:15-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

The Church

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.

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3

Baptism

Water baptism is a symbolic, public testimony of a person’s death to sin and being raised to new life in Christ. We believe that baptism is a Scriptural command not an option.

Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20 Acts 2:41, 8:12

Communion

The Lord’s supper, consisting of bread and juice, is symbolic of Jesus’ Body and Blood. Communion is an act of worship. We remember Jesus’ life, sacrifice, resurrection, and the prophecy of His second coming.

1 Corinthians 11:23-28, Luke 22:19-20 John 6:51, Mark 14:22-24,Matthew 26:26-28

 


The Nicene Creed (AD 381)

"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and the Son.With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."