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What We Believe

…about the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Scripture speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We believe that the Scriptures are without error and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.

…about Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was miraculously conceived by a virgin and lived a sinless human life. He then offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. This satisfied God’s justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually represents us before God. He will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

…about Salvation

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Forgiveness and eternal life are God’s free gifts to us, but we must accept them. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by repentance and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus, in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

…about God

God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. In the beginning God created the world and everything in it out of nothing, displaying the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His authority and power He continues to sustain His creation. He is at work preserving and guiding creation to His intended purposes.

…about the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He also uniquely equips each believer with gifts for the strengthening of the body. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily, leading a life of Christ-like character.

…about Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. For all people, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgement that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be condemned to separation from God. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

…about The Church

The result of receiving Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, the observance of baptism and communion as the commands established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world.

Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watchcare of elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.