WHAT WE BELIEVE
WHAT WE BELIEVE
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:8
When someone asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is, He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22-37-40).
Who we are and what we believe as a church is driven by those two commandments. We believe that if you love God, you will also love the people He created, so that’s what we try to do. We know how much He loves us and all He has done for us (John 3:16), and we show that love to others by how we treat each other, here in the church, as well as in the greater community. Read on to hear more about what we believe as a community.
We believe the Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient. We believe they are inspired of God, and the final authority for faith and practice. The Old and New Testaments are the special revelation of God to Man, and inerrant and infallible (without error) in their original writing (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 16:7).
We believe that there is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 1:1; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:19).
We believe God is eternal, all knowing, present everywhere, and all-powerful. He is holy, righteous, and just (Psalm 147:5; Psalm 33:6; Jeremiah 23:24; 139:7-10).
We believe in the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven, earth, and all that is in them. He upholds and governs them out of his sovereignty and providence (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 33:6; Acts 4:24; 14:15; Ps. 104; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:1; John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-7).
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the absolute humanity of our Lord through his virgin birth (Phil 2:1-8; Luke 1:26-28). We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, though he was tempted at all points in his humanity. We believed that he suffered in our place and died to satisfy God’s justice for our sin (1 Timothy 2:5). We believe in his bodily, physical resurrection, his ascension into heaven where he sits at the right hand of the Father, and that Jesus will one day physically return in glory and power (John 17:5; 2 Timothy 2:10; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6-7; Acts 10:24).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Lord, one being with both the Father and the Son, who convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit regenerates the lost. He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth. We, as believers, should display the fruits of the Spirit that come with abiding in the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; John 16:7-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today, imparted by the Spirit, and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Holy Spirit speaking through Scripture (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 8:11).
We believe sin entered the world through Adam’s original sin (Romans 5:12). Sin is every lack of conformity to the will of God or transgression of the law of God. Sin is manifest in the selfishness and rebellion of man’s heart, conscience and actions before God and man (Galatians 5:19-21).
We believe that all humanity, except for Jesus Christ, is sinful by both birth and action (Psalms 51:5; Ephesians 2:2-3). The only way to escape the punishment for our sin is through the redemption of Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, who out of love and obedience died as a sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin, and physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and rules over the universe as Lord of all. It is only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin that one can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy. We believe there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be given eternal life (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:50; Colossians 1:21-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 3:23).
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We believe that God is the Eternal King, and that His kingdom is everlasting (Hebrews 1: 1-4; Matthew 4:17).
We believe that there is one holy and universal church consisting of people from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, united spiritually in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:23; Galatians 3:26-28; Rev 7:9).
WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE