What We Believe

God

There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator, and Redeemer of all there is.  He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful.  He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent, one being in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:1-2; 18:25; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11

God the Father

We know that the true follower of Jesus has been literally adopted by God, the Creator, and He has become our Heavenly Father, even to the point that we call Him “Abba” (Daddy).  He always loves His children and loves to give good gifts to them.  He is our pattern for earthly fathers.

Matthew 6:6, 9; John 16:23-28; Romans 8:15; James 1:16-17

Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth.  He lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended into heaven.  Through these things He established mankind’s authority to rule over and subdue the earth, enabling us to expand His Kingdom wherever we go.  He is alive today at the right hand of God in heaven and in His people through the Holy Spirit on earth.  He is fully God and fully man.

Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:22-23; 12:28; John 1:1-5, 14; 12:44-46; 20:28; Acts 4:33; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Revelation 1:18

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers the Christian, enabling each Christ follower to live a holy life and minister supernaturally.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:4-8; 2:4 and the filling of the Holy Spirit in Acts4:29-31 and Ephesians 5:18 equip believers to be bold witnesses for Christ in both word and deed.

Luke 11:11-13; John 14:16-21; 16:5-15; 20:21-23

Mankind

Mankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, and was granted authority to rule over and subdue the whole earth.  Despite this relationship and commission, we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended.  In doing this, we handed authority over the earth to Satan, who became god of this world until Jesus restored order through His sinless life, death, and resurrection.  Sin, sickness, death and judgment entered the world because of our rebellion, and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of the human rebellion.  These consequences can only be redeemed through Jesus and submission to the Kingdom of God.

Genesis 1:26-28; 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; 8:18-21

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.

Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9, 11, 105; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Salvation

We are saved by grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, and not by any of our good works or deeds.  God wants all people to be restored to fellowship with Him through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us so we may enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.

John 1:12; 3:2-8; 16:8; 20:31; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Titus 3:5-6

The Church

The Church as the body of Christ is made up of all those who have been saved by grace through faith.  The Church exists to carry out the commissions of Jesus by:

  • advancing God’s Kingdom
  • destroying the works of the devil
  • preaching and living the good news of God’s love
  • baptizing and discipling the nations

Matthew 16:18-19; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 1:19-23; 3:6-7; 10-11; 4:11-14; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 22:17

Our Hope

We believe in the ever-increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride, His church.  Heaven and hell are real places.  There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.

Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 2:35, 44-45; Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:7-8, 11-16; 20:14-15

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