Beliefs

If you have specific questions about what we believe, then you’ve come to the right place. The statements below aren’t meant to encompass all Biblical truth, but instead to clearly outline our primary beliefs. 


1. THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the reliable, trustworthy rule of faith and behavior. The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for life and existence. Truth is objective and is clearly presented through God’s inspired words from Genesis to Revelation within the Holy Scriptures.


2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21


2. THERE IS ONE TRUE GOD

Our one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as the Holy Trinity, that is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.


Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22


3. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: He was born to a virgin, He lived a sinless life, He performed many miracles, He took our place by dying on the cross, He rose from the dead and He returned to his rightful place at the right hand of God.


Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22; 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3


4. MANKIND BLEW IT

Right from the beginning mankind was created excellent and upright; for God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life– the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals. So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.” Mankind, by intended disobedience, fell, and in so brought upon himself both physical death and spiritual death, which is separation from God.


Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19


5. WE WERE RESCUED BY CHRIST

Our only hope of eternal survival is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. When a person turns from their sin with true regret and sorrow and turns to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, this person has access to a New Life both here on earth and one day in Heaven. Proof of a truly & sincerely changed life, through Christ, is experienced inwardly and expressed outwardly as a living testimony to others.


Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12


6. WE BELIEVE AND PRACTICE WATER BAPTISM AND COMMUNION

The Bible instructs all who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord to choose to be baptized by immersion. Through this act they are “going public”, telling the world that their old life is over and that they are starting a new life with Jesus Christ. Believers in Jesus should regularly participate in The Lord’s Supper. This event of partaking of bread and of the fruit of the vine expresses our sharing the divine nature of Jesus; remind us of His suffering and death; anticipate His second coming; and believers are charged to do so till He comes!


Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26


7. GOD EMPOWERS US THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT

God has sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen and support believers. Jesus Christ commanded us to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit as was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. This experience gives us the power to serve and live for God as well as other gifts used in doing God’s work. Spirit Baptism is special in that it happens after a person receives salvation and involves the Spirit functioning in new ways in a person’s life. Some products of this infilling are a deep inner fullness, increased awe and respect of God, an intensified dedication to God and commitment to His work, and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for those that do not know Him. Believers who are baptized in the Holy Spirit reveal this to be true in that they speak in other tongues as the Holy Spirit enables them. Speaking in tongues is speaking in another language unknown to the speaker though the speaker does so by their own will. The believer must desire this gift and chooses to use it upon receiving it. This gift is not required by God for salvation but is encouraged for any growing believer.


Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31;  Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8; Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28; Acts 2:42; Mark 16:20; Acts 2:4


8. WE CHOOSE TO BE SEPARATE

Through dedication to God we separate ourselves from a life of selfishness and sin. The Bible challenges us to live a holy life which we must do in order to be with God. The Holy Spirit enables us to do what the Bible commands: But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. Believers must continually surrender all of their being to the Lordship of the Holy Spirit. As they recognize that they are connected to Christ in His death and resurrection by faith they consistently grow more like Him and less like their surroundings.


Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5


9. WE'RE ON A MISSION FROM GOD

The Bible refers to the church by many names and the church worldwide is incredibly diverse. The most defining factor, however, and the one which characterizes them all is that they exist to fulfill Christ’s challenge to reach the world-The Great Commission. Every believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church and it is through these individuals that the church functions as it should. The reason our church exists is to: (1) be an agency of God in telling the message of truth to all who have yet to hear it, (2) build and sustain a setting where people worship God with all of their hearts and lives, and (3) provide continual opportunities for believers to mature into the image of Christ.

Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16; 1 Corinthians 12:13;

Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12


10. GOD APPOINTS LEADERSHIP

Our Lord specifically calls by His Spirit, and trains through His Word, individuals to carry out the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) communicating the message of truth to all who have yet to hear it, (2) worshipping the Lord with our very lives, and (3) modeling an authentic relationship with Christ before others in order that they may become more like Christ themselves.

Mark 16:15-20; John 4:23, 24; Ephesians 4:11, 16


11. GOD STILL HEALS

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for through the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, and is the privilege of all believers still today.

Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16


12. WE HAVE HOPE

The resurrection of Christians that have died and those still living on earth is imminent and is our blessed hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52


13. CHRIST WILL RULE THE EARTH

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of the nation of Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6; Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Zephaniah 3:19, 20; Romans 11:26, 27; Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3, 4


14. WE MUST ALL MEET OUR MAKER

There will be a final judgment in which those who have died corrupt will be raised and judged according to their Godless lives. Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be punished forever in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This final event is known as the second death.

Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8


15. THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING

We, according to His promise, look forward to new heavens and a new earth, where we will live with Him forever.

2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22