THE BIBLE

The authoritative  basis  for our beliefs is the Bible.:  "All Scripture is 'God-breathed' and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness"  (2 Timothy 3:16).  


Holy  Scripture is composed of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which  God revealed by sending the Holy Spirit to guide the words of over 40 writers, over a 1500-year period (1400 B.C.--A.D. 100),    And so, what they wrote was not their own thoughts, but rather, the thoughts and plans of God:  "no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God"  ( 2 Peter 1:21).

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;   John 3:16).  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 our sins.

  • 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 5:8,9), 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 (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
  • Jesus, as a sacrificial Lamb, suffered the penalty our sins should have brought to us. (1 Peter 1:18,19)
  • Jesus paid our debt of sin on the cross and was raised in glorious triumph. The Resurrection of His body, which came 3 days later was a testament to this truth (Luke 24; Acts 1:9).
  • He is now enthroned in Heaven, at God's right hand as our intercessor (Acts 2:32-36;  Hebrews 7:24,25)

HOLY SPIRIT

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

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: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control  (Galatians 5:22-23).

Salvation

We believe that our salvation is by God's free grace through faith in Jesus Christ  (Romans 3:23-26).  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--our good works can never counter-balance our sins.   And, even our deepest remorse over our sins cannot undo the past or erase the harm already done.  Our sins must be forgiven.  And God alone can accomplish that for us.  We can be made new only through our faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-10).

Baptism

We believe that saving faith includes repentance and baptism in Jesus' name. Repentance (literally meaning, "change of mind") is decisively turning away from any practice of sin in our lives and turning to the practice of righteousness.  In fact, as we are "baptized into Christ," we are to "die" to our sinful past and be "made alive" to God's call for us to practice righteousness from then on  (Romans 6:1-11).   Water baptism is, in faith,  "calling on the Lord" to save us (Acts 22:16)--so, it is "appealing" to God for "a good conscience"(1 Peter 3:21Titus 3:5).


It is also when we are baptized that God gives us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us:  "Repent, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"  (Acts 2:38).



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 pray for  the Holy Spirit's power in our lives, 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 each other to grow in Jesus, equip one another to share the saving gospel with those who don't know 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 to save the lost (following the lead of our Master, Luke 19:10). Our worship of the Lord continues through the Spirit-led way in which we serve, speak, heal, and 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 having obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ will suffer eternally (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9), while those in Christ will enjoy eternal blessedness (Revelation 2:7,10). Christ will return to judge the world and receive the saved (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.   1 Thessalonians 5:1-11).