What We Believe

WHAT WE BELIEVE


We are about loving God, loving people, seeking truth, and being authentic. Worshiping God should be a part of our everyday, ordinary, walking around life…woven into who we are and what we do. Our beliefs about:


GOD


God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has and does exist eternally in three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory and have the same attributes and perfections. These three separate entities compose the One essence, God.


Psalm 90: 2 “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
2 Corinthians 13:14 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

JESUS CHRIST


Jesus Christ is the one and only perfect Son of God yet equal with God. He came to earth, born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless human life. He was the sacrifice for every human’s sin. He died on a cross and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God and will one day return to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords and to judge the living and the dead.


Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.”
Hebrews 4:14-15 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. “

THE HOLY SPIRIT


The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son. He is the teacher, comforter, and intercessor who indwells the believer from the moment of conversion. He enables and empowers the believer to live abundantly and to understand spiritual truth. The Christian seeks to live under His influence and guidance daily.


John 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
Ephesians 1:13 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”

SALVATION


Salvation is a gift from God, which cannot be inherited by human merit or work. Salvation is by God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation occurs at the point of belief and confession. Forgiveness of sin is available through the atoning death of Christ who alone is able to place us in right relationship with God. Believers possess complete assurance of eternal life. Saving faith manifests in the believer a desire to produce good fruit and to be obedient. Believers do not “work” for God in order to be saved. They “work” for God because they are saved.


John 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -“
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Baptism


Baptism is a symbol of identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is a complete immersion in water and is done after a person has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We believe Jesus set the example of Baptism for us in Matthew 3:13-17. Baptism does not save us, but rather it is an act of obedience on the part of the believer showing the world they are a follower of Jesus Christ.


Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.”

The Bible


The Bible is God’s inspired revelation to humans. Various human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the scriptures were written without error. They are a completely infallible and reliable source of truth and an immeasurable resource for daily living.


2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

The Church


We are the Church. We are to represent Christ with gentleness, love, and humility. Jesus is the true light of the world and believers should reflect that light in relation to unbelievers and each other.


Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

People


All people are created equal by God and in His image and likeness. However, through Adam’s sin all people inherit a sinful nature and are separated from God. Men and women possess the ability to perform moral acts of kindness toward one another, but spiritually, are depraved due to the inherited sinful nature, and are unable to redeem themselves. Redemption comes only through Jesus Christ.


Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”