What We Believe
We believe that statements of faith are only as useful as they can be lived out. Therefore, we endeavor to make these statements of faith a matter of our hearts, not just our heads. Following each statement of faith are suggestions for how you can apply the belief to your everyday life. We hope they will be a launching point for your journey in seeking to know God more so you can love Him more.
ABOUT GOD . . .
There is one God who is creator and maker of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, who are one in essence and equal in power and glory.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST . . .
God has revealed Himself to man in the person of Jesus Christ. He is fully God and fully man, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, making atonement for our sins by His death on the cross and vindicated by God in His bodily resurrection, ascended to Heaven to sit at God's right hand as our Intercessor and as our Advocate.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT . . .
God is present in the world today in the peson of the Holy Spirit who draws us to faith in Jesus and who bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. He indwells every believer which empowers Him to manifest the likeness and character of Christ. He gives spiritual gifts to the church for our mutual edification
ABOUT THE BIBLE . . .
The Bible is the Word of God, His revealed truth and is the guide for our lives. We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
ABOUT MANKIND . . .
Man was created by God in His image, free as to choice and responsible to his Creator. Tempted by Satan, man separated himself from God by voluntary disobedience. As a consequence all men are born with a bent toward sin and need to be reconciled with God.
ABOUT SALVATION . . .
Man can be saved from the consequences of sin, which is eternal death, by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and in repentance of sin. Man cannot earn nor work for his salvation. When one is saved he is said to be "born again" by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The "normal" process in the New Testament followed an "ABCD" format: Admit that I am a sinner; Believe that Jesus is our Savior; Confess my sin in repentance; Declare my faith through obedience in baptism.
ABOUT BAPTISM . . .
Water baptism is by immersion and is an act of obedient faith. Immersion is a clear picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, as well as a picture of turning away from our old life and beginning a new life in Christ.
ABOUT THE CHURCH . . .
Man is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ which is the Church. The Church has the mission of carrying on the work of Christ here on earth.
ABOUT THE LORD'S SUPPER (COMMUNION) . . .
The Lord's Supper should be observed to remember Christ and His death for our sins, as well as His coming again for our glorification. We choose to celebrate it weekly.
ABOUT CHRIST'S SECOND COMING . . .
The Lord will come again for both salvation and judgment.
ABOUT ETERNITY . . .
People were created by God to live forever in His presence. We will either exist eternally united with Him through faith in Christ in a new Heaven and a new Earth or separated from Him forever.