What We Believe

SCRIPTURE IS OUR GUIDEAbout the Bible…

Our foundation is based firmly and doctrinally upon the Bible. It is our authority and our guide to living. We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired Word of God. It is without error, and it is given to us so that we may know and understand the truth of God and His love (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The Bible is to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105).

God divinely inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books that make up the Bible. It is through these authors that he chose to communicate the values and principles which are pleasing to Him and in our best interests (2 Peter 1:21). We look to the Bible as the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct (John 17:17).

About God…

We believe there is one God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, and he eternally exists (Genesis 1:1, 26-27). He exists as three distinct persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) although He is One. (Deut. 6:4) He is all powerful (Luke 1:37) and all knowing (Rom. 11:33). While we cannot fully comprehend his divine nature, it is possible for people to know him. We believe that God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. (1 John 4:16)

About Jesus…

Jesus Christ came to Save the World (John 3:16-17). We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, our leader and forgiver (John 1:14). He came to earth voluntarily, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. We believe he lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), choosing to die on a cross for our sins (Phil. 2:6-8). He was raised to life by God for our salvation (1 Peter 1:19-21). He is at the right hand of God and will return one day as our victorious Savior (Acts 1:11).

We believe that Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35), the light of the world (John 8:12), the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), and as the way, the truth, and the life – the only means of access to God the Father (John 14:16).

About the Holy Spirit…

We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. As children of God we believe He lives within us (Romans 8:11) to guide us (John 16:13) in our understanding of His Truth (1 Corinth. 2:10). We believe the Holy Spirit empowers us to live Christ-like lives (Acts 1:8).

About the Church…

God works through the church to reconcile a lost world to Himself through His son, Jesus. For this reason it is important for followers of Christ to regularly gather together for celebration. During celebration, followers come to experience community by being built up and encouraged. These connections occur through teaching, fellowship, prayer, and communion. Celebration in this manner enables all believers to serve and connect with one another and with the unchurched (Acts 2:42-47).

The church compares to a living organism, with Jesus at the head. God arranges the parts of the body according to His divine plan. Each follower of Christ is given special functions to perform by God for the good of the body. (Ephesians 4:1-16; Romans 12:4).

About the Christian Life In Eternity…

The result of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life that is being transformed to be like Jesus. People were created to exist forever. 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 of eternal existence. (2 Corinthians 5:17)