What We Believe!

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

 

Deuteronomy 4:1-2  Psalm 119:11, 89, 105  Isaiah 40:8 Matthew 22:29 John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17 Romans 15:4 2 Timothy 3:15-17 Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12 1 Peter 1:25 2 Peter 3:16

 

The Trinity

God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity.  He exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit collectively known as the Trinity.  Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 Isaiah 61:1 Matthew 28:19 Mark 1:9-11 Luke 1:35 John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16 Romans 8:9-11 1 Corinthians 8:6

 

The Father

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

 

Exodus 3:14 Numbers 23:19 Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2 Psalm 11:4-6 Malachi 3:6 John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1 Acts 17:28 Romans 3:3-4

 

The Son

It is only through His grace that we can be saved. He came to earth fully God and fully man, gave his life sacrificially on the cross to pay the ransom for our sin, and rose again to defeat death and give us new life.  We believe this salvation is received when we confess our sins, declare Jesus as our Lord and begin following Him by living out what He says.

 

Isaiah 7:14; 53 Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6 Luke 22:70; 24:46-47 John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5 Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56 Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4 1 Corinthians 8:6 2 Corinthians 5:19-21

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

 

He said it is to our advantage for Him to leave so that we can receive the Holy Spirit. We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience that follows salvation. All believers have God’s Spirit within them. The baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace.

 

Genesis 1:2 Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff. Isaiah 61:1-3 Joel 2:28-32 Mark 1:10 Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12 John 15:26; 16:7-14 Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2 Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27 1 Corinthians 3:16 Ephesians 1:13-14 2 Peter 1:2 Revelation 22:17

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever.  We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated is Hell. To be eternally in union is Heaven.

 

John 3:16, 36 Romans 6:23 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 Revelation 20:15

 

Man

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

 

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3 Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5 Isaiah 6:5 Jeremiah 17:5 Acts 17:26-31 Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22 Ephesians 2 Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11

 

Salvation

We believe this salvation is received when we confess our sins, declare Jesus as our Lord and begin following Him by living out what He says.

 

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

 

Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7 Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6 Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32 John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24 Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31 Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6 1 Corinthians 1:18 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

 

Baptism

Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His followers to be baptized in water and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Mathew 28:19

 

The Church

We believe in the incredible importance for unified believers to gather regularly to study the Scriptures, pray and take communion. We believe that God equips different people with different gifts to bring about a unified goal of bringing Glory to God and bring the gospel to all people. We believe the local church is the most unstoppable force for taking the gospel to the world.

 

Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:281 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32Colossians 1:18; 3:151 Timothy 4:14