The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning, God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. He is all loving, all powerful, and all wise. God is Father to those who become His children through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of life.
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent to the world by the Father, at the request of the son, to apply to mankind the saving work of Jesus. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and coming judgment. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for building up the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit to the glory of God, the Father.
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man and woman defied God by choosing to go their own way, and thus were alienated from God and suffered the corruption of their nature, rendering them unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. Salvation of humankind is then wholly the work of God’s free grace, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, not the result, in the whole or part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until its consummation. In its broadest sense, salvation includes spiritual birth, being set apart for God’s purposes, and glorification at the end of life.
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to relationship, teaching of the Word, worship, ministering, observance of baptism and communion, fellowship, service and use of talents and gifts. Wherever God’s people meet together in obedience to His commands, there is the local expression of the Church.
The observance of Baptism serves a twofold purpose: 1. To be obedient to the commands of Jesus Christ. Baptism is intended to be an act of obedience after a person believes in Jesus Christ. Baptism is not required for salvation. 2.To identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Communion is a symbolic act of obedience and remembrance. Through the partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, we are remembering the life and death of Jesus Christ.
God, in His own way and in His own time, will bring the world to an end. Jesus Christ will return personally to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge His own. Those who have rejected the free gift of God will have chosen their own eternal destiny of being apart from God in eternal separation.
What We Value
We believe that relationships are the primary way God desires to reach people for His family.
We believe that Bible-centered teaching is essential to maturing believers and nonbelievers so that they may come to a point in their lives where they desire Christ more than the world.
We believe that we must worship and teach people to worship since we are the performers and God is the audience and worthy of our worship.
We believe that we must reach people and share the love of Christ with people by meeting their needs.
We believe that we must share our faith and tell others of the grace of Jesus Christ.
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