What We Believe

About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. 
He has eternally existed in three persons:   the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 
These three, as the Trinity, are co-equal and are one God. They are the same in essence, but different in function.
  Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2

steepleAbout Jesus
Jesus was born of the virgin Mary.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 
He is co-equal with the Father. 
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all. 
He arose from the dead after three days. 
He ascended into Heaven and prays for His people continually. 
He will return in the sky for His people and later come to the earth to judge and reign.
  Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:10-31; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4;
  I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Thessalonians 4:16-17;  I Timothy 6:14-15; Hebrews 4:14-15, 7:25; Titus 2:13-14

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. 
He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. 
He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. 
He provides each Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. 
Christians seek to live under His control daily. 
He gives spiritual gifts as He pleases and produces spiritual fruit for both ministry and character.  
No one individual gift is given as a sign of salvation or an expression of being filled with the Spirit. 
  John 14:15-26, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:4-7, 13;
  II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18

About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all mankind. 
It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living. 
Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is totally without errors and infallible.
  Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; II Timothy 1:13, 3:15-16; II Peter 1:20-21

 About Mankind
We are all made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. 
We are the supreme object of God’s creation and love. 
Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by self-centeredness and sin which has separated us from God.
  Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; John 3:16

About Salvation
Because mankind is lost and separated from God, we need God’s gift of salvation. 
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. 
Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s  offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty.
We turn from our sins and receive Christ by faith.
We believe that Jesus died on the cross for us and rose from the dead to purchase eternal life. 
We are then born again and made into new creations.
  John 1:12, 3:3, 14:6; Acts 20:21; Romans 1:4, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

About Eternity
We were all created to exist forever. 
We will either exist eternally separated from God by our sin or in unison with God through forgiveness and salvation. 
The place of eternal separation from God and ultimate judgment is called Hell. 
Heaven is the place of perfect eternal fellowship and eternal life with God. 
After our current life on earth, we begin an eternity in Heaven or Hell.
  Matthew 25:41; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15, 21:27; Hebrews 9:27

About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation forever. 
Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christians.
The true child of God will persevere.
  John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10-14;  I Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30 

About the Christian Life
All Christians should be baptized in water by immersion following salvation. 
They also must experience worship, growth and  service in a local church. 
It is vital to pray, study the Bible, observe the Lord’s Supper, witness, give and live in obedience and faith under the lordship of Christ through the power of the Spirit.
  Psalm 119:9-10; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 6:9-13; Acts 1:8, 2:41-42; Hebrews 10:25; I John 3:21-22

About the Church
The church is composed of sincere believers and faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
It expresses itself both locally and around the world. 
The church gathers regularly for worship, instruction,  fellowship, and service. 
Every believer is uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit helping the local church to act as one body, representing Jesus Christ on earth.
Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:4-6; Hebrews 10:25

About Church Ordinances
Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience  displaying the new believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior. 
Baptism also pictures the believer’s death to the old life and resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience where followers of Christ, through the partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Christ, examine themselves spiritually and anticipate His return.
  Matthew 3:13-17, 26:1-29, 28:29-30; Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 10:16, 21, 11:23-29

About Last Things
Jesus promised to come again to receive His  people to Himself for a time of fellowship in Heaven. 
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. 
Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to the earth to judge the nations and rule on the earth. 
Believers, in their glorified and resurrected bodies, will dwell forever with the Lord, while the lost will be punished forever.
  Isaiah 2:4, 11; Matthew 16:27, 25:31-45; John 14: 1-3; Acts 1:10-11, 17:31;
  I Corinthians 15:35-38; I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-9; II Thessalonians 2:1-4; Revelation 19:9 – 21:8