THE BIBLE

The primary basis of our belief is the Bible. The Scripture in its

entirety is composed of 66 books of the Old and New Testament, which originated with God, and was given through the work of many different God-inspired authors. Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16)

GOD

We believe that there is one living, true, holy God eternally existent in the union of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19) We believe the love of God for men and women in His image is the beginning of the story of our redemption, and the culmination of His Glory. (Genesis 1:27) As a result of these truths, we naturally want to love one another as He has loved us.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus was miraculously conceived, born of a virgin (Luke 2:7; Gal 4:4), and lived a sinless life for the ultimate purpose of preserving Himself as a spotless Sacrifice for sin.

  • Christ was fully man and fully God (John 1:14; I John 4:2; Col 2:9), walked our earth, lived a life of obedience (Hebrews 4:15), suffered at the hands of men, and died sinless on the cross.
  • We believe the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ constitute the core of the Good News (the Gospel) all people need to hear.
  • Jesus, as a sacrificial Lamb, suffered the penalty our sins should have brought to us.
  • Jesus paid our debt to sin at the cross and was raised in glorious triumph. The Resurrection of His body, which came 3 days later was a testament of this truth (Luke 24; Acts 1:9).
  • He is enthroned at God's right hand as our intercessor.

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian as a comforter, counselor, teacher, and encourager. (John 14:26, 15:26, 16:8, 13)

God’s Spirit convicts us of sin, empowers us to be holy, equips us with spiritual gifts for Christian living, and is the seal of adoption confirming our salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).  The fruits of a Spirit-led life are evident, unprovoked, natural: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22-23).

Salvation

We believe that our salvation is by God's free grace through faith in

Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-24).  The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him. We deserve hell, not heaven. We cannot earn what God has done for us through Christ. Even our deepest remorse over our sins cannot undo the past or erase the harm already done. Forgiveness is a divine work. We can be made new through our belief in Christ (Romans 5:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-10).

Baptism

We believe that authentic faith expresses itself in repentance and immersion in Jesus' name. Repentance is our sincere acknowledgement that God's judgment against sin is just, and water baptism is our confession of, and into, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to save us from sin (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-5; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21).

CHRISTIAN LIVING

We believe that believers are called to adopt a life of discipleship that imitates Christ's own. He is our perfect model (as Teacher and Example) in all things. As we yield to the Holy Spirit's power, we pursue all that is holy and learn to abhor the sinful things that once appealed to us (Ephesians 2:10, 19-22; Colossians 3:1-17).

The Church

We believe the role of the local church is to glorify God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

  • Gathered: We meet regularly to share Jesus through our lives and our words, encourage individuals to grow in Jesus, inspire a sense of belonging by sharing joys and burdens, participate in weekly gathered communion (Lord's Supper), and respond to His grace through dynamic, celebratory worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
  • Scattered: We live individually as the church, those “sent out” into the world. Our worship of the Lord continues through the intuitive, natural way in which we serve, speak, heal, love the world around us. We believe that God is glorified in how the world acknowledges Him when this unusual love is seen in each of us (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

The Resurrection

We believe the Scriptures clearly teach that there is a conscious personal existence after death. All individuals dying without Christ will suffer eternally, while those in Christ will enjoy eternal blessedness (Heb 2:17). Christ will return to judge the world and receive the saved (Phil 3:21; 2 Cor. 5:1).