What We Believe
OUR MISSION, VISION, & VALUES
Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ.
Transformed lives leaving a godly legacy.
We love God because He first loved us. Our love grows for God when we get to know Him, obey His commands, faithfully endure through difficult times and worship Him in all circumstances.
We are grounded in God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible reveals who God is and helps us understand what He has done to restore us to Himself and how to come to Him through Jesus. We are also guided by the Bible as it provides for us a blueprint to live a life that responds to God and lovingly responds to others.
God loves people. We want to love people the way Christ loves us. This love motivates us to give generously, serve sacriﬁcially, share the truth and grace of Christ, and invest all we are and have to further God’s kingdom in the lives of people.
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe the Bible is living and active and is to be learned and lived.
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes but is distinct in office and activity.
GOD THE FATHER
The first person of the Trinity is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. God the Father orders and directs all things according to His own purpose and pleasure, full of grace and truth. Because of His great love for people, He draws them to Himself, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary to reveal God and redeem sinful humanity. He lived a sinless life and brought Good News to all in a broken world, accomplishing our salvation through His death on the cross as the only mediator between God and humanity. In obedience to the Father, He became our substitutionary sacrifice. He then ascended into Heaven and sits exalted at the right hand of the Father. As Prophet, Priest, and King, He is now our representative before the Father and Head of the Universal Church. Our justification is made sure by His real, physical resurrection from the dead. Our blessed hope is His future return.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict people, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, seal, guide, instruct, unite, and empower believers for godly living and service, producing spiritual fruit.
God created, out of nothing, all things in heaven and earth for His glory, and they exist by His power.
Man and woman were created in the image of God, without sin and in loving relationship with God. Instead of following God, they chose to disobey Him and sinned, resulting in spiritual and physical death. Because of Adam’s sin, all people inherit a sinful nature and are born spiritually dead, destined for hell. But God, through Jesus Christ, demonstrated his love for sinful humanity to save and restore them to an eternal relationship with Him.
God offers salvation as a free gift to all who believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ. God provides salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, which cleanses us from all sin, frees us from the penalty and power of sin, and delivers us from death and eternal separation from God in hell. Salvation is not from good works. God forgives our sins by His grace through our personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. Although God desires all people to be saved, only those who receive Christ and believe in Him for salvation are chosen by God to have eternal life with Him, and once saved, they are kept secure in Christ forever.
Through sanctification, God sets us apart for His purposes. Sanctification is threefold: positional, progressive, and ultimate. Positionally, when we put our faith in Christ we are set apart for God. Progressive sanctification occurs as we grow in grace by the power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus. Ultimately, children of God will be completely set apart from all sin when taken up to be with Christ.
The Universal Church is a living spiritual body, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. All those who profess Jesus Christ and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the Universal Church. The Scriptures instruct all believers to be in community with a local church for worship, service, fellowship, and spiritual growth. God has commissioned His Church to bring hope to the world by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to help people find and follow Him.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are God-ordained ceremonies, instituted by Christ, taught by the Apostles, and practiced by the early Church. They are to be observed by believers until Christ returns. These ordinances reflect our union with Christ and with other believers.
Water baptism portrays important scriptural realities. It proclaims Christ's death and resurrection. It serves public notice to the world of one's new life in Christ. It pictures a believer's death to sin, resurrection to spiritual life, and a new way of living through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism does not save, yet every believe, serious in his or her faith, should also be serious about baptism. The command of Scripture is "be baptized." By it, we both please the Lord and declare His reality in our lives and to the world.
Mt. 10:32, 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-7, 10-11; 1 Cor. 15:1-4
The Lord's Supper is a remembrance and celebration of Christ's death with the elements being symbols of His body and blood. Every believer has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord's Supper, but participation should be preceded by sincere self-examination.
Mt. 26:26-28;1 Cor 11:23-30
The imminent appearing of Jesus Christ at the rapture of the Church is the blessed hope of every believer. Following a time of great tribulation, Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth, condemn Satan and evil, and reign in righteousness forever. Though the time of Christ's return is a mystery known only to the Father Himself, it is as sure as Jesus' first coming. There will be a bodily resurrection; the lost will experience eternal punishment and the saved will experience peace, joy, and the restoration of all things with God forever.
Mt 24-25; Jn 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Th 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Rev 20-22