What we believe

The Bible

That the Bible is the inspired Word of God, divinely preserved, “lamp unto my feet and a light unto our path”. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without and mixture or error.

(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus Christ

That Jesus in the flesh was both God and man. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23 Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-14 Hebrews 4:14, 15; Philippians 2:5-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)

Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment they are baptized into Christ. (Acts 2:38)  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.   

(II Corinthians 3:17;  John 16;7-13; 14:16,17;  Acts 1:8  I Corinthians 2:12;  3:16;  Ephesians 1:13;  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:18)

Human Beings

That every person has worth as a creation of God.  We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by a destructive attitude of disobedience toward God called, “sin.”  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. 

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8;3-6; Isaiah 53:6a;  59: 1,2; Romans 3:23
 

Marriage

That marriage in Scripture is defined as the sacred union between one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. While the culture in which we live would recognize such practices as adultery, homosexuality, cohabiting without marriage as acceptable behavior, scripture defines these practices as sinful behavior.  These are not unforgivable sins.

(Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:22-24: I Corinthians 6:9-11)
 

Salvation 

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our own sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we believe in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, turn from our self-ruled life, confess our faith in Him, and are baptized into Him, the Bible promises that we will receive the forgiveness of sins and the constant abiding gift of the of the Holy Spirit.

(Romans 6:23; 10:9,  5:1;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  John 1:12; 14:6; Acts 2:38;  Mark 16:16 Titus 3:5 Galatians 3:26)

The Church

That the church is the Body of Christ on earth and exists to save the lost and to build spiritually maturity. 

(Esphesians 4:13-18)

Eternity

That Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places.                      

(John 3:16  John 2:25; John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15;  Matthew 1:8; Matthew 2:44  I Thessalonians 4:13-18