WHAT WE BELIEVE
WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS: infalliable (cannot fail), inspired (God’s word) & Inerrant (without error)
The Bible is the Word of God. God inspired the writers so that they wrote without error. The Bible includes everything that we need to know in order to be saved from sin and to walk in relationship with God. The Bible is the primary source of our doctrine and is the final authority. The Christian should study the Bible daily to know God better, to be guided, and to be spiritually fed.
God is a Trinity, one God in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are different in role, but identical in nature and equal in attributes of divinity and worthy of worship.
The Father (God)
Knowing God for who He is will impact the way we live. There is one God, who created the universe and is Lord of all. He is an eternal, unchanging Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere. He is absolutely holy in his character and righteous in all that He does. He blesses his creation and loves every person, offering forgiveness and relationship with Himself.
The son (Jesus)
Jesus is the Messiah and Lord of all, the Son of God born of a virgin, with all of human nature and all of divine nature in one person. He lived a sinless life and died as a sacrifice so that our sins can be forgiven. He rose from the dead and will raise all believers when he returns. His kingdom is universal and without end.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, fully divine with the Father and Son. He convicts of sin, regenerates and lives in every believer, giving victory over sin and cleansing of the heart. He is the unifying life of the church, which he blesses with the fruit of the Spirit and spiritual gifts for ministry.
Every person will exist eternally either in heaven or hell. Heaven is God’s home where believers will live with God, joyfully worshipping him. In heaven is no sin, nor any of the suffering that results from it. Hell is the eternal, irrevocable, and agonizing place of punishment for all who have not been saved from their sins by Christ. Hell is the just punishment for willful sin against an infinite God.
Jesus will return as he promised, resurrecting believers of the past, and taking all believers to reign in his kingdom. Every person will be raised from the dead to face judgment for his works. He will either be granted eternal reward or sentenced to eternal punishment. God’s kingdom will come fully, and God will reign eternally.
God appoints humans as his representatives to rule the world on His behalf. The image of God consists of male and female together ruling in unity over all of creation. This is a bold vision of human identity and responsibility.
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides atonement for the sins of the world. Every person is guilty of sin and powerless to save himself. Every sinner who repents can receive God’s grace by faith. The believer is forgiven and delivered from sin’s power and punishment. The Holy Spirit changes the believer from a sinner into a holy worshipper of God. There is no other means of salvation. Creation in general is redeemed and will ultimately be restored by God.
Christ has built one holy, world-wide church, expressed as the body of Christ in local congregations. The church holds the doctrines of the apostles and defends all truth. The church is the family of God, with fellowship that ministers to all needs. The church worships God evangelizes the world, and disciples believers. We believe that belonging & serving in a local church body is essential and should be the foundation from which all ministry flows.
Our mandate is forged in both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22: 36-40
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
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