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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Nothing more and nothing less than the Word of God.

All of us were created by God to make a difference in the world around us. God has a place for you where your unique abilities and passions can impact the lives of others. We believe your life will never make sense until you find, develop, and fulfill your purpose.

We Believe in ...

God

God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. He is eternal and completely good, completely just and completely holy, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He invites us into a personal relationship of faith, friendship, learning and service through the work of his son Jesus on the cross and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; John 14:6-9, 15-17; John 16:7-15; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10, John 16:8).

Jesus

Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He existed before anything else and he holds all creation together. God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ (fully human and fully divine), and through him God reconciled everything to himself. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of all - past, present, and future, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Forgiveness of our sins and right relationship with God are found through Christ alone (Colossians 1:15-20, Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22 & 1 John 3:4,5, 1 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:9, 11, Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 4:12).

The Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws us to the Father. He baptizes us into the body of Christ and indwells every believer. He leads us into truth. He counsels us. He teaches us. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a promise of the Father given to every believer to empower us for witnessing and for service. He continually fills us for living and walking in the Spirit. He distributes spiritual gifts to every believer. The fruit of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity (John 16:8, 1 Cor. 12:13, John 16:13, John 14:16, John 14:26, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 19:1-6, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, Galatians 5:22-23).  

Salvation

The only means of salvation (forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the Father) is through Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and offers each of us a pardon for our sins so that we may become children of God. Salvation is experienced when we recognize our own sinfulness and repent (turn from our sins), and place our trust in Christ’s work on the cross. It is a free gift offered to all people and is received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9).

When we put our faith in Christ, it brings personal transformation and triggers a spiritual chain reaction:

  • Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12).
  • We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5).
  • We are born-again (John 3:3).
  • We become a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17) and are being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
  • We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
  • Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).
  • We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20-21).
  • We are given eternal life (John 3:16).
  • We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7).
  • God takes ownership of us (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  • We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 1 Peter 1:3-5).

Christ's Return

We believe in the physical second coming of Christ in which he will restore all things. The time for this foretold event cannot be known or predicted. We believe in the resurrection of the dead for judgment and in the resurrection of the dead in Christ and transformation of every living believer for life everlasting (Matt. 24, Rev. 19- 21, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

The Bible

The Bible is infallible and is the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for all humanity. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we sin and teaches us to do what is right. God uses his word to prepare and equip his people to do every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 & 2 Peter 1:21).

The Church

The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. The church is of divine creation, which is made up of imperfect people. It will not reach perfection until the Lord’s return. The purpose of the church is to worship God, evangelize the world, and equip believers for ministry (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 12:23, Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:11-12).

Christ's Ordinances

  • Baptism in Water. The Bible teaches that everyone who repents and believes in Christ is to be baptized. Baptism is a public profession of faith and identification with the body of Christ. It is spiritually symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:27-28).
  • Communion. The Lord’s Supper consists of two elements: the bread and cup (fruit of the vine). These elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus, and when we receive these elements, we are remembering Christ’s death and payment for our sin. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s suffering on the cross and a celebration of our salvation (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:24-28).

Marriage

The Bible teaches that marriage is a sacred covenant and bond exclusively between a man and a woman. It is a divine institution and God's design for human reproduction and creation of the family. Marriage was ordained by God in the beginning of His creation and was confirmed by Jesus in the New Testament (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:21-33).