We believe the Scriptures are the divinely inspired Word of God and our infallible rule of faith and practice.
Throughout all 66 books, the Bible had 40+ writers, and is over 1,400 years old, but there is one author, God. He spoke His inspired Word through prophets and human writers and that Word has relevance to how we live today. (Hebrews 1:1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe the God of the Bible is the One and Only true God.
God made the world & everything in it. He made man in His image and desired to have fellowship with Him. He depends on no other being for His existence. He exists eternally as one God in three persons - Father, Son & Holy Spirit; a mystery beyond our understanding. He is perfectly good and acts according to His own good pleasure, including the plan of salvation which is offered because of His great mercy toward us. (Genesis 1:1, 27, 31; Matthew 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:3).
We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Savior of mankind.
Fully God He eternally existed with the Father & the Holy Spirit, possessing all of the attributes of God. Even while Incarnate, Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5), accepted worship (John 20:28) and taught of His unique relationship with the Father (John 10:30). Fully Man Born of a virgin, He lived in submission to His earthly parents, had a fully human body, grew in stature and wisdom (Luke 2:4), learned a trade (Mark 6:3) and experienced all of the temptations we experience (Hebrews 4:14-16). A Perfect Life Without sin; all of His actions were as they should be. He obeyed the Father (John 5:19; Luke 22:42), spoke the words of the Father (John 12:50) and experienced temptation but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). His Atoning Death: He was sent by the Father especially to die for us (Mark 10:45; John 3:16-18). His life was a ransom for us, to set us free from sin (1 Timothy 2:6). By His death, He paid the penalty for our sin, enduring God’s wrath against us for our sin (Romans 3:25-26, 4:25). His Resurrection, ascension, and return: On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, demonstrating God’s acceptance of His sacrifice for all those who would repent and believe (Romans 1:4, 4:25). He ascended to heaven and will one day return (Acts 1:11). Christ’s return will bring God’s plan of salvation to completion (Romans 8:21, 2 Peter 3:7-13, Revelation 21:1-22:6).
Our 7 Core Values
We believe that in the Garden of Eden, man sinned against God and allowed darkness to enter the world.
Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:1; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
We believe that Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin.
God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son – blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross. [the account of the crucifixion of Jesus is recounted by four of His contemporaries: (Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19)]
We believe in baptism in water by immersion for every believer.
Water baptism is an outward testimony of what has happened inwardly with the experience of salvation. • It represents our dying to the old nature & living in the resurrection power of Christ (Romans 6:1-4; Ephesians 4:21-24). • It’s a public confession of Jesus’ Lordship in our individual lives. (Galatians 2:20). • It’s an obedient response to Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19). • Every born again Christian should be baptized (Acts 2:38). • Baptism is by immersion per the examples set in Scripture (Jesus - Matthew 3:13-16; Philip & the Ethiopian eunuch - Acts 8:36-38) • We baptize in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
We believe that observing communion is a regular practice of the Church and one we participate in with an attitude of humility and gratefulness.
Communion was instituted by Christ Himself (Luke 22:14-22) and Christians are encouraged to participate in communion in remembrance of Christ’s work on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity.
We don’t ask the question, “What would Jesus do?” We ask the question, “What is Jesus doing?” because we believe God is at work through His Holy Spirit: • In our world, convicting the world of sin (John 16:8) • In our lives, through inner transformation (Ezekiel 36:25-27, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:4-7, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Galatians 5:22-23) & empowerment (Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 1:13-17, Acts 1:4-8, 2:38, 8:4-25, 10:44-46). • In His Church, through the gifts of the Spirit given to encourage the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12-14). We believe in the Baptisim in the Holy Spirit with the inital physical evidence of speaking in other tounges. (Acts 2:4)
We believe that living in holiness is an act of separating ourselves from evil and identifying with things that Scripture deems good.
It is a process that takes place as Christians devote themselves to God (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach that we are to be holy because God is holy (1 Peter 1:16). For “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Living in holiness is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. A Christian is sanctified as he identifies with Christ, and accepts in faith His sacrificial death and victorious resurrection. Sanctification is a daily acknowledgement of our union with God through His Son Jesus. As this identification occurs it is only natural for the Christian to offer every portion of his life to the control of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11, 13, 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).
We believe that The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission
The Church as described in the Bible consists of all people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the only remedy for their sins. The Church includes all Christians and has no boundaries as to age, race, gender, or denomination. It is the body of Christ, the dwelling place of God through the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Church. He has made every provision for the fulfillment of “the Church’s” Great Commission (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). Each Christian is an integral part of that Church. The names of all true believers (those making up the Church) are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
We believe that Involvement in the ministry in response to a divine call is scripturally ordained in the Bible.
It is a provision of our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20),
worship of God (John 4:23-24), and
building a body of believers conforming to the life of Christ
We believe that just as Jesus healed people while on earth, God heals people today.
God didn’t stop working in our world once Jesus ascended into heaven. The healing and deliverance that Jesus brought to those who sought Him is available to us today. We believe that when we pray, God hears us and has the ability to answer our prayers. When we have a need, we pray for each other, knowing that He is sovereign to act in ways that align with His purpose for each of us. (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 16:18, James 5:13-16, 1 John 5:15).
NEW HEAVEN NEW EARTH
We believe that there will be a final judgment
in which the wicked dead-those who have died without accepting Christ’s salvation-will be raised and judged according to the way they lived. Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life (the recorded list of people who received Christ’s forgiveness), together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be sent to everlasting punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur), which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)
We believe that the second coming of Christ includes the rapture of all Christians, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for 1000 years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This millennial (1,000-year) reign will bring the salvation of Israel as a nation (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Psalm 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4).
All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s soon return is “the blessed hope” (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).
We believe that “According to God’s promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).