What We Believe

Scripture

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  The Bible is the ultimate authority in the life of the church and guides us in all of our decisions.  We believe in standing firm where the Bible stands firm and being flexible when the Bible is flexible.

The Church

Jesus is the head of the church, through which He expresses His amazing love and awesome purpose on planet Earth.  Followers of Christ are to become part of a local church, where they will be taught, strengthened, equipped, held accountable, inspired, empowered and set free to become everything that God created them to be.

The Trinity

We believe in one God who exists in three equal persons.  These three persons are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  These three persons of the Godhead have the same nature and attributes, but are distinct from each other.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The divine Son of God took on a human nature and became a man.  During his life He was one man with two natures, a human nature, and a divine nature.  He never stopped being God.  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He came to Earth so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.  When He died on the cross He accomplished our redemption.  Jesus Christ is now in heaven.  He is exalted at the right hand of God where He acts as High Priest to His people.  He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the active force in this world who restricts evil, convicts us of our sins, “woos” us to God, and dwells in all who believe in Jesus Christ.  From the moment of belief in the Son, the Spirit bestows gifts on each of us and is fully present to continually guide us.

Baptism

We are joined with Christians from other countries, and other languages through our baptism.  Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness.  Baptism is a command given by Jesus.  It is our first act of obedience to Jesus when we become Christians.

Communion

The bread and the juice that we use during Communion symbolize the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Communion we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  We are united at the table with Christians throughout the world.  The table is an open table and all are welcome.  Just as Jesus turned nobody away, we turn nobody away.

Creation

We believe that God created everything on heaven and Earth including all of us.  As human beings we are created in the image of God.  We are created good, but we inherit a sinful nature, and are alienated from God.  We are in need of the salvation given by Jesus Christ.

Salvation

We believe that Salvation is a gift freely given by God.  We receive this gift through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins.  We are justified by our faith apart from works.  Works are actions that our faith produces, but faith is what saves.

Physical Resurrection

We believe that Jesus Christ was bodily, and physically resurrected from the grave.  He appeared to many of His disciples and provided evidence to them of His physical resurrection.  We believe that there is more then enough evidence to show that He was resurrected from the grave.

The Return of Christ

We believe that Jesus will one day return to Earth.  This will be a visible and bodily return to establish His kingdom on Earth.

The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary.  We believe that at the time of conception Mary was a virgin in every sense of the word.