OUR BELIEFS

The following is a summary of what we believe. As a church we have no written doctrine or creed except for the Bible itself. However, in order to help people get to know our church better, we present this summary. Please note, these are in no particular order.

The Bible
The sole basis for our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that the Bible in its entirety originated with God and that it was given through chosen men. The Bible speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Bible is infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

 

God

We believe that there is one Holy God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created the world and all things, showing the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating through history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.

 

Salvation

The purpose of God's revelation in the Bible is to call people into fellowship with HImself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man chose to go his own way and was alienated from God, rendering him unable to please God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is a work of God's free grace, and not the result of human works or goodness. It must be personally taken by repentance and faith.

 

Baptism

When Peter was asked on the Day of Pentecost, "What must we do?" He answered, "Repent and be baptized." Repentance means to do an "about face," or to turn around. Once someone repents of their sins, they are commanded to be baptized. Baptism involves a total submersion under water, and as the Bible tells us we are being baptized into Jesus’ death. We are buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Jesus was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity who united with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily paid for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to complete history and the eternal plan of God.

 

The Holy Spirit (& the Christian Life)

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, and was sent into the world by the Father and Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Jesus. He awakens the minds of sinners into a recognition of their need for a Savior, and He regenerates them. At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the Church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying Bible. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.

REAL LIFE

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