What We Believe

GOD

We believe in one, holy and infinitely perfect God existing in three eternal and co-equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 13:14) and that He is omniscient (Psalm 147:5), omnipresent (Matthew 18:20), and omnipotent (Matthew 19:26) within His own nature.

 

JESUS

Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He is God come in the flesh (John 1:1,14), being fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), died on the cross as payment for the sins of mankind, was buried and bodily rose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians15:3-4). He now sits at the right hand of God the Father (Luke 22:69-70).

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit leads us into knowing and loving our Savior Jesus Christ. The Spirit indwells all believers as our guide and counselor (John 14:16,26).

 

THE HUMAN CONDITION

God created all things and that through Adam and Eve He created all people in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27, but Satan tempted them and they fell into sin (Genesis 3:1-19). Through them sin entered the world (Romans 5:14).  Because everyone fails in one way or another to live up to God's perfect standard of righteousness of this we are all sinners in need of the Savior (Romans 3:23).

 

THE WORD

We believe that God has breathed the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the hands of human authors. As the inspired Word of God, the Bible is infallible in the original text, and is the complete revelation of His will. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. (2Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

SALVATION

In His infinite grace and love for us, God has provided the way of salvation and forgiveness of our sin. Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection form the only ground for salvation (Romans 3:23-26). This salvation is attained only through repentance (2 Peter 3:9) and faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) in Jesus' death on the cross as payment for our sin.  Forgiveness is God's free gift of grace to anyone who will receive Christ (Romans 6:23). All those who place their faith in Christ can have assurance that their salvation is eternally secure because of God's power and faithfulness (John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:11-13)

 

THE CHURCH

The Church is made up of all true believers in Christ, irrespective of color, race, or denomination (1 Corinthians 12:13).  The church is so special to God that He calls it the body of Christ, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for God's own possession (1Peter 2:9). It is our role as believers to spread the gospel to the whole world both here and abroad. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)

 

SACRAMENTS

The Lord Jesus gave us two ordinances, baptism (Act 2:38) and the Lord's Supper (Luke 22: 17-20), which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer, when expressed in genuine faith.

 

END TIMES

Jesus Christ is coming again at any moment (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2), and we should live as prepared people (Matthew 24:43). He will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will rise first. The remaining believers will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord, and we will be with Him forever (l Thessalonians 4:13-18). The lost are brought to judgment and separated from God in the torment of Hell (Revelation 21:8; 20:11-15).

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