The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without error. (2Tim 3:16, 2Pet 1:20-21, 2Tim 1:13, Ps 119:105, 119:160, 12:6, Prov 30:5)
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matt 1:22-23, Isa 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Heb 4:14-15, 1Cor 15:3-4, Rom 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1Tim 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives all believers a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2Cor 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1Cor 2:12, 3:16, Eph 1:13, Gal 5:25, Eph 5:18)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes all problems in life. (Gen 1:27, Ps 8:3-6, Isa 53:6, Rom 3:23, Isa 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Rom 6:23, Eph 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:12, Titus 3:5, Gal 3:26, Rom 5:1)
People were created to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, John 14:17, Rom 6:23, Rom 8:17-18, Rev 20:15, 1Cor 2:7-9)
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:29, 2Tim 1:12, Heb 7:25, 10:10, 10:14, 1Pet 1:3-5)
Worship - Above all, we value authentic, passionate worship of the living God that is sensitive to the Spirit and guided by the Truth. Our love relationship with God must come first.
Fellowship - We value unity, love, and support within the church body. We exist as a family to show God’s love so others will come to know Christ. We are to be a people of love for one another.
Discipleship - Becoming a believer is just the beginning of a life-long journey. Teaching God’s Word and equipping God’s people are at the core of all we do. We exist to make followers of Christ.
Ministry - We value servant-leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ. We believe every member of our family is called and gifted by God to minister in and through God’s church. We are committed to helping people find and fulfill the ministry God has for them.
Evangelism - We desire to see people become followers of Christ in our community and around the world. Growing God’s Kingdom through reaching the
unchurched is central to all we do.
Means of Communications - God has given believers two primary means to communicate with Him; Bible study and prayer. We are committed to the use of these opportunities, both individually and corporately, to communicate with Him.
Prayer - We value the need for God’s people to talk to their Father. We need Gods wisdom, comfort, and power to accomplish His purpose. These are only received through genuine and passionate prayer.
Bible Study - The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us, His people. We value the time we have to study His Word and are committed to understanding it and using it to guide our lives.
Ordinances - An ordinance is an authoritative decree or direction. We hold that Jesus Christ gave two such decrees or “ordinances” to the church. They are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. The church was specifically commanded to continue doing these two things until he returns. These are two significant symbols of our faith.
Baptism - Baptism follows an individual’s decision to become a Christian. It is a symbolic act serving as a public profession of faith for every Christian. The immersion of the individual during the act of baptism is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and serves to remind us of the inward act of cleansing already completed through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper - Commonly referred to as communion today, the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus himself and is meant to remind us of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our salvation. The Lord’s Supper is a special meal which symbolizes the body and blood of Christ and is available to all believers in Christ. It does not give grace for salvation, but it does provide focus for our faith until the return of Jesus himself.