What We Believe

God We believe God is the sole Creator of heaven, earth and all that exists. We believe God is eternal, infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly holy and loving. He has and will always exist in a mysterious relationship of three persons made up of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

     Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:1; Psalms 145:8-21; Isaiah 40:10-31; I Corinthians 8:6; John 14:6-11

 

God the Father  We believe God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe according to the purposes of His grace. He gives good gifts to His children and desires that all should come to relationship with Him.

      Key Scriptures: Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 7:11; Acts 17:26-28

 

The Son Jesus We believe Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is our Lord, Savior and Source of life. He is unique as he was both fully man and completely God at the same time. Christ was the perfect expression of grace and truth as He lived a sinless life on earth for 33 years. He offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross in order to reconcile God to man. After three days, He rose to life, demonstrating His power over sin and death, before ultimately returning to heaven until His second coming.

      Key Scriptures: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 1:1-14, 17; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; and Revelation 19:11-16

 

The Spirit of God  We believe the Spirit of God is eternally coequal with God the Father and the Son and lives in and through His people. We believe the Holy Spirit seeks to draw us into relationship with God, convicts us of our brokenness and sin, comforts us, disperses spiritual gifts and works to bring life and transformation.

     Key Scriptures: Joel 2:28-29; John 16:5-15; Romans 8:1-27; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14

 

The Bible We believe the Bible is inspired by God, authoritative and trustworthy as it guides us into relationship with Him and others. It is comprised of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.

      Key Scriptures: II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5; and Romans 15:4

 

Salvation We believe salvation is from spiritual death and slavery and sin to new life in Christ. It is a free gift; it cannot be earned or taken away and was made possible by Jesus dying on the cross on our behalf. It is received by a personal faith in Jesus Christ and true repentance and begins the moment someone commits their life to Christ.

     Key Scriptures: Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24; Romans 6:23; I Peter 1:3-9

 

The Church We believe the Church is the “body of Christ.” It is made up of all believers in Christ and finds expression in local congregations.  The Church has been asked (in Scripture) to practice the Lord’s Supper (communion) and baptism. Even though the Church is made up of imperfect people, God has called it and equipped it to accomplish His purposes in the world, specifically to steward His grace and truth.

     Key Scriptures:  Acts 2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 3:8-12; 1 Peter 4:10-11

 

Communion We believe the Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the drink, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

     Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-26

 

Baptism We believe baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

     Key Scriptures: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-5