What We Believe
The Bible is the living word of God, written by man, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and without error. The word of God is the final authority on truth, faith, and life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 • 2 Peter 1:20-21 • Hebrews 4:12-13
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. God exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is love. God reigns in truth and justice.
Genesis 1 • 2 Corinthians 13:14 • 1 John 4:7-9 • John 14:6-7 • 1 John 1:5–10 • Isaiah 30:18 • Isaiah 61:8-9
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the second person in the Godhead. He is divine, and yet was born by a virgin and dwelt among us to reveal God the Father to us. He died for the sins of man, was buried, and resurrected from the dead on the third day. Jesus Christ ascended to heaven in bodily form, sits at the right hand of God the Father, and will return to earth again to claim the church and reign forever. There is no other name by which man can be saved.
Matthew 3:16-17 • Luke 9:34-36 • Isaiah 7:14 • Matthew 1:18-25 • Colossians 2:9-10 • John 1:1-4 • John 1:14 • John 1:18 • John 10:24-30 • Luke 1:30-33 • 1 Corinthians 15:3 • 1 Peter 3:18-22 • Romans 5:8 • Acts 4:12 • Hebrews 12:2
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. He is present in the world to convict men of sin, and lead them to salvation in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is a helper and teacher who intercedes for us. He gives spiritual gifts to every believer to equip the church and glorify God.
John 14:15-17 • John 16:8 • 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 • 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 • 1 Peter 4:10-11
Man was created in the image of God but through sin has fallen into corruption. The penalty for sin is death and man is in need of a savior.
Genesis 1:26-17 • Romans 3:23 • Romans 6:23
Salvation is available to everyone through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a free gift from God and cannot be earned by good deeds on earth. To receive the gift of salvation you must confess Jesus is Lord and believe God raised him from the dead. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from sin. The Holy Spirit indwells believing Christians at the moment of salvation and seals them as a guarantee of salvation.
John 3:16-17 • John 6:37-40 • Acts 4:12 • Romans 10:9 • Romans 3:19-20 • Ephesians 2:8-9 • John 14:17 • Ephesians 1:13-14 • 1 John 1:7
The church is comprised of born again believers in Jesus Christ. It is not a building or place, but rather a group of people. This group of believers is known as the “body of Christ” on earth. The church is responsible for spreading the good news of the kingdom of God and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
John 3:1-8 • Matthew 24:14 • Matthew 28:18-20 • 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 • Ephesians 4:1-16
Water baptism declares a clear conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not required for salvation, but it identifies believers in Christ and is a Christian sacrament. Water baptism represents man joining in the death, burial, resurrection, and life of Jesus Christ.
Luke 3:16 • 1 Peter 3:21 • Acts 2:38-39 • Galatians 3:27 • Romans 6:3-10
The bread and wine used in the sacrament of communion represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the bread of life and he poured out his blood to make use clean. The practice of communion represents acceptance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It brings us together in the unity of Christ.
John 6:33-35 • John 6:48-51 • Matthew 26:26-28 • Luke 22:19-20 • 1 Corinthians 10:16-17