What We Believe

 
 
 

In a nutshell this is what we believe...

The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God for the Christian faith. It is without error in its original documents. Although culture changes, the Word of God does not, and we will continue to derive our beliefs and way of life from the Bible alone (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

 

There is one God who is perfect and holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, without sin, and is worthy of us completely trusting with our lives. God is eternally existent in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, Jeremiah 32:17, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:16, 1 John 3:19-20, Revelation 4:8).

 

In God the Father, in whose holy presence we exist at all times. Even in our broken world, we know the Father is in control. Out of His love for us, He orchestrated and carried out the plan of salvation and is still actively working out His plan today. We, as His children, are invited to live in a direct, personal relationship with Him through prayer and the reading of His Word, the Bible (Psalm 24:1, 121, 139:7; John 3:16; John 6:40, 65; Romans 5:8; 1 John 3:1).

 

In God the Son, the Lord Jesus, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death to forgive our sins, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return in power and glory (Matthew 1:23, Mark 16:19, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:9-11, Acts 2:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Revelation 22:12-13).

 

In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin and who lives inside every follower from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit leads and comforts God’s followers, and empowers and equips them with gifts to serve in the church (John 14:16-17, 26; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11).

 

All of us are broken, and our sin has separated us from God. There is nothing that we can do to be saved, but our salvation is only possible by what Jesus has done for us on the cross. We are saved by God’s grace through faith when we sincerely invite Jesus to forgive our sin and surrender leadership of our lives to Him (Romans 3:23-25, 5:8-9, 10:8-10; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-10).

 

All of us will spend eternity somewhere. Those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus will live forever in His presence, and those who refused to submit and follow Jesus will spend eternity separated from God in eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16, 11:25-26; Romans 6:23, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:14-15).

 

Every follower is called to join together with a local church to experience community, to encourage one another, to be led into a deeper relationship with God, and to partner with the church to accomplish the God-given mission of reaching the entire world with the love of Jesus (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 2:10, 19-22, 4:1-16; Hebrews 3:12-13, 10:23-25; 1 Peter 4:8-11).