What We Believe
The following statements are meant not as a "creed," but as a means to assure people that we strive to faithfully uphold the essential truths of the Bible. We are a body of Christ who claim not to be the "only Christians" but to be "Christians only."
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There is one God in three persons.
(Genesis 1:1,26,27; Pslam 90:2; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19)
Jesus Christ lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return to earth again to claim His own and take them to heaven.
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides Christians with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We seek to live under His control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:18; 5:18; Romans 5:5)
The Bible is God's Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)
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 people have tremendous potential for good, they have disobeyed God and are under the penalty of sin. Mankind is separated from God.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is by grace, through faith. It is a gift from God to all people who will accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. We are saved from sin's penalty by trusting in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice as God’s offer of forgiveness. The following acts of faith bring a person into a personal relationship with Christ: Faith, Repentance, Confession, Baptism (immersion) and a life of obedience to Christ.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 3:21,22)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness of sin. To be eternally separated from God by sin is hell. To be eternally in union with him is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23 and 8:17; Revelation 20:15)
The church is the body of Christ on earth of which Jesus Christ is the head. It exists to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, to teach his followers to obey his teachings, and to equip his followers for ministry.
(1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:10; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 2:38)
PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS
Jesus has forgiven us from our sins and made us into a kingdom of priests. The Bible teaches that every Christian is a "priest" in that we are to serve the Lord in whatever we do.
(Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9)