What We Believe

We Believe

Trinity – We believe that God eternally exists in perfect love and communion in three persons without beginning nor end.  God is three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Each person is fully God. God is one.
God The Father – God the Father is the creator and sovereign ruler of heaven and earth.  He is holy, full of glory, perfect and incorruptible in nature. He is omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere) and omnipotent (all powerful).  He has designed a master plan to reconcile humans to himself through his son, Jesus, in saving them.
God The Son – Jesus is God’s Son and is fully God and fully man.  He was born of a virgin through the power of the Holy Spirit, lived a perfect, sinless life on earth, and was crucified on a cross bearing our sins and the wrath of God the Father upon himself and paid the penalty of our sins with his death and was resurrected, ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  Jesus will return in power to judge the world and consummate his bride, the church.
God The Holy Spirit – God the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity is fully God. He inspired men to write the Bible and enables mankind to understand truth as he convicts man of sin and regenerates the heart of a spiritually dead person through faith in Jesus by repentance.  He indwells, every believer and enables the believer to grow through ongoing sanctification and empowering the church with all spiritual gifts outlined in the New Testament.
Revelation –God has graciously revealed himself in his creation, his son Jesus, and in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is authoritative, inerrant, necessary, clear, sufficient to know God truly, and final is our final authority.  All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who himself is the focus of divine revelation.
Creation + Man –God is the creator of heaven, the universe and all that is in it.  God created the earth and human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve were in perfect communion with God until they willfully disobeyed him thus separating themselves and all those born after them from God.
The Fall (Sin) – Through their willful sin against God, Adam and Eve’s nature became guilty and corrupted and rendered them unable to do please God morally.  The fall distorted the image of God in man but not did completely destroy it.  As a result of the fall, all men are alienated from God and condemned to death. The utmost need of every human being is to be reconciled to God through Jesus. Only God in his grace and unmerited love can rescue and restore man to himself.
Salvation – Salvation is wholly a work of grace from God through the sacrificial death of his Son, Jesus, who willingly took upon himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the law in obedience and by his death made full, complete, irreversible atonement for our sins.  A person is born again when they repent of their sin and place their trust in the work of Christ in his life and death, thus beginning a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Resurrection + Ascension + Return of Christ – Christ died a brutal death on a cross and was resurrected three days later. He ascended to heaven after spending forty days with his disciples and is seated at the right hand of the father ruling with authority.  Christ will return to judge all men and believers will live with Christ in a new heaven and new earth for all eternity.
The Church – The church of Christ consists of all believers who have professed faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and give evidence of that faith in their lives throughout all history. Its purpose is to worship the triune God, nurture believers and minister to the world through evangelism and acts of justice under the leadership of elders and deacons and through the empowerment natural and supernatural gifts from the Holy Spirit as outlined in the New Testament.
Believer’s Baptism + Lord’s Supper – Jesus installed two ordinances all believer should obey while on earth.  Baptism is done by immersion in water and is an outward sign of obedience symbolizing the death and burial of Christ by. The Lord’s Supper is done to symbolize and memorialize Christ’s death.  Participating in the Lord’s Supper provides spiritual nourishment, unity, affirmation of Christ’s love, and our faith.
Heaven + Hell – Believers will eternally live with God in the new heavens and the new earth.  There will be abundance of joy in the presence of God and all his glory, and uninterrupted fellowship with God forever.  Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment for nonbelievers after they have been judged.  It is an eternal, physical place with real bodily where there will be suffering, sorrow, and separation from a holy God.
Worship – Worship is a life that is lived in continual sacrifice to the glory of a person or thing. True biblical worship is such a life that is lived to the glory of God in thoughts, words, attitudes and deeds privately and corporately as a body of believers. True worship is carried in the power of the Holy Spirit and done in the spirit realm as the Father longs to be worshiped in spirit and in truth.
Stewardship –  Biblical stewardship teaches that every good gift is from God and is unmerited.  God is the source of all blessings, temporal and eternal.  As stewards (administrators) we receive gifts from God and invest them for the expansion of his kingdom on earth and involving every area of our lives such as talents and abilities, spiritual gifts, possessions and finances.  Christ is our ultimate model of generosity as he withdrew from his riches and status in heaven and became poor by coming to earth to serve, save and redeem the lost.