What We Believe

THERE IS ONE GOD WHO IS THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING

God is one and He exists as three equal per­sons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God exists eter­nally and is the cre­ator of every­thing that exists in the uni­verse, both phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual. He is actively involved in sus­tain­ing life and mat­ter in the uni­verse and also super­nat­u­rally inter­venes in human exis­tence to achieve His pur­poses. He has made mankind in His image and has gone to great lengths to demon­strate that He wants to be in a love  rela­tion­ship with His peo­ple.
(Gen­e­sis 1:26; Exo­dus 6:7; Matthew 3:16–17; John 3:16; Acts 17:24–30; Romans 1:20; 2 Peter 3:9)

THE BIBLE IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH

The Bible is the source of truth about the ori­gin and pur­pose of the human race and reveals the nature of our Divine Cre­ator. It com­mu­ni­cates God’s per­fect stan­dards con­cern­ing human life and is the truth by which every per­son will be judged. We believe the Bible was writ­ten under the guid­ance of God Him­self, that it con­tains no errors in the orig­i­nal texts, and that it is sure, safe, and reli­able in all mat­ters when appro­pri­ately read and inter­preted.
(2 Tim­o­thy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 1 Peter 1:24–25; Isa­iah 40:8) 

THE BIBLE IS COMPLETELY RELEVANT TO LIFE

We believe the Bible is entirely rel­e­vant to human exis­tence today and pro­vides the best infor­ma­tion for liv­ing the high­est qual­ity of life on this earth and for all eter­nity.
(Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 19:8; Psalm 119:105; 2 Tim­o­thy 3:16) 

JESUS IS THE ONLY SON OF GOD, THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son who was phys­i­cally born as human being while
re-remaining fully God. Because He was both fully God and fully human, his death was able to make the per­fect and only pay­ment for our sin. He is, there­fore, the only way a per­son may have his or her bro­ken rela­tion­ship with God restored and enter God’s eter­nal pres­ence in Heaven.
(John 14:6; Romans 3:21–25; John 11:25–26; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthi­ans 15:51–57) 

WE BELIEVE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT JESUS IS ENTIRELY TRUE

We believe that Jesus Christ was con­ceived and born of a vir­gin through the power of God’s Spirit, that He lived a
sin­less life, that He phys­i­cally died on a cross, that He rose from the dead, and that He cur­rently sits at the right hand of God. We believe He did all of this because He loves us.
(Isa­iah 7:14; Matthew 1:22–23; Luke 1:34–35; Luke 22:70; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:6–8; 1 Corinthi­ans 15:3–8; Matthew 28:1–7)

EVERY HUMAN BEING IS MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD AND IS ALSO A SINNER

We believe that human beings are cre­ated in the image of God, but that through Adam’s sin they now pos­sess a sin­ful nature and also do actively sin. Because of this sin, with­out God’s inter­ven­tion, every per­son is doomed to an eter­nity of pun­ish­ment and sep­a­ra­tion from God.
(Gen­e­sis 1:27; Gen­e­sis 2:7; Gen­e­sis 2:16–17; Eph­esians 2:1; Romans 1:17–3:12; Romans 3:23)

SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH

We believe that sal­va­tion is a free gift from God given to any per­son who puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ,
accept­ing Him as Lord and Sav­ior. This gift of sal­va­tion includes and imme­di­ate restora­tion of a person’s rela­tion­ship with God and, through yield­ing to the Holy Spirit, a life­time of con­tin­u­ing trans­for­ma­tion of that person’s char­ac­ter into the char­ac­ter of Jesus Christ.
(Eph­esians 2:8–10; Romans 3:21–22; Romans 10:9; Acts 16:30–31; Philip­pi­ans 1:6; Romans 8:29)

FAITH IS MORE THAN JUST BELIEVING

We believe that Bib­li­cal faith is more than just men­tal agree­ment with a list of facts about Jesus. It begins with a
faith-decision to trust the sac­ri­fice of Jesus Christ to be the final pay­ment for your sin and to fol­low Him as the new leader of your life. This true faith in Jesus then nat­u­rally influ­ences the thoughts and actions of the believer and is there­fore evi­dent in how the Christ fol­lower actu­ally lives.
(James 2:14–26; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 7:24–27; John 14:15)

BAPTISM IS A COMMAND OF GOD AND THE PERFECT EXPRESSION OF YOUR FAITH

We believe that bap­tism by immer­sion is a com­mand of God and is the per­fect, out­ward expres­sion of the faith
deci­sion to trust Jesus Christ as Sav­ior and Lord and that bap­tism of new believ­ers was the clear prac­tice of the New Tes­ta­ment church as an inte­gral part of the con­ver­sion expe­ri­ence.
(Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37–38; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3–4)

GOD LIVES IN YOU

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third, equal part of the Trin­ity (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) who influ­ences the lives of unbe­liev­ers and who comes to live within every Chris­t­ian. The Holy Spirit gives spir­i­tual gifts to every believer so that the church might be built up and fully func­tion as the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also influ­ences the thoughts and actions of every believer for the pur­pose of increas­ing the Christ like char­ac­ter of that believer. The Holy Spirit’s pres­ence in a Chris­t­ian is the assur­ance of God’s accep­tance and of a place with God in
eter­nity.
(John 14:16–17; John 16: 7–9; Eph­esians 1:13–14; Eph­esians 5:18; 1 Corinthi­ans 12:4–7)

THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THE HOPE OF THE WORLD

We believe that the local church is the liv­ing, breath­ing body of Christ on this earth, whose pur­pose is to con­tinue with the mis­sion that Jesus had when he was here. We believe that all believ­ers are meant to be an inte­gral part of the local church where they will col­lec­tively use their God-given gifts to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world around them and to grow together in com­mu­nity and char­ac­ter.
(Eph­esians 4:4; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:41–47: 1 Corinthi­ans 12:27; Matthew 28:18–20; Matthew 16:18)

JESUS WILL BE BACK!

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to this earth to judge the world, to gather those who have put their faith in Him and to pun­ish those who have con­tin­ued to rebel against Him. While the exact moment of His return will not be known, the fact that He will return should cause us to live with urgency and should be a great source of hope to
every­one who trusts in Him.
(1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:1–3; Mark 13:32; Philip­pi­ans 2:9–11; Titus 2:13)

HEAVEN AND HELL ARE REAL

We believe that Heaven and Hell are both real places for human beings to exist after death and that every human being will exist for eter­nity either in God’s pres­ence or sep­a­rated from Him. We believe that the Bib­li­cal descrip­tions of Heaven and Hell are meant to give us a basic under­stand­ing of these places, but that each will be more won­der­ful and more awful that we can com­pre­hend.
(Eccle­si­astes 3:11; Acts 24:15; 2 Corinthi­ans 5:10; Matthew 25:31–34,41,46; Rev­e­la­tion 21:3–5; Rev­e­la­tion 22:5; 2 Peter 2:13–17; 1 Corinthi­ans 2:9; Rev­e­la­tion 14:9–12)