OUR BELIEFS

GOD

We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God as Creator: Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 33:6, Psalms 102:25; Jeremiah 10:12; Acts 17:24-25; Hebrews 11:3. / God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21

THE BIBLE

We believe that God has revealed his heart and character in the person of Christ and the Holy Scriptures, and that the Scriptures are without fault or error in all that they affirm in the original writings. They are sufficient in all matters pertaining to life and godliness and the supreme and final authority for all who believe.

Exodus 34:27-28; 2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 19:7-11; Jeremiah 56:1-4; Hebrews 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

OUR HUMANITY

We believe men and women were created in the image of God to reflect his character and enjoy an intimate relationship with him, but that each of us have inherited a sinful disposition, have willfully rejected God and are alienated from him by our sin.

Man Created in God's Image for Fellowship with Him: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:2; 1 Colossians 1:9; 1 John 1:3. / The Result of Sin: Psalms 14:1-3; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:12-14; Romans 7:5; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-5; Jeremiah 7:9

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN

As a result of our sin, we are separated from the life of God and subject to physical and spiritual death. Should we fail to respond to God's gracious provision for our sin through faith in Christ, we will slip into a godless eternity, suffering the due penalty for our sin forever.

Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 3:36; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; Hebrews 9:27

THE NATURE OF CHRIST’S DEATH

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God, and that out of his boundless grace and mercy, God sent him to earth to live the life we could never live and to die on the cross in our place, bearing in his body the penalty for our sin.

Jesus' Human Nature: Luke 2:6-7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 4:2. Jesus' Divine Nature: John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20; John 1:18, Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:25; John 5:18; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:1. The Vicarious Death of Christ: Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 20:28; John 3:14-15; Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 3:15; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2

ETERNAL LIFE

We believe that God freely offers forgiveness of sin and eternal life to all who would place their faith in Christ and that this comes to us as God's gracious gift apart from any personal merit or righteousness of our own.

Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 5:24; John 11:25; John 20:31; Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 5:11-13; Titus 3:5; John 10:10

THE RESURRECTION

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and accept it as a demonstration of God's power over sin and death and an affirmation of his promise of eternal life for all who believe in Christ.

Romans 1:1-4; Romans 4:25; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Ephesians 1:18-21; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Matthew 16:21; Matthew 28:1-11; Luke 8:31-33; Luke 24:45-47; Luke 2:19-22; Acts 2:24; Acts 13:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God and is at work in the world convincing men and women of their need for God, enabling them to come to faith in Christ. He gives the gift of new life to those who place their faith in Christ, indwelling and empowering them to live a godly life and endowing them with spiritual gifts for effective service in the body of Christ.

Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:9, 11, 26; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 12:2-11; John 14:16-18, 26; John 16:7-8; Acts 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

THE BAPTISM AND FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ the moment they receive Christ and that we experience the fullness of the Spirit's ministry as we turn from sin and live in obedience to God's word under the Spirit's power and guidance.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:11; Romans 8:9, 11, 26; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:3-6; / The Fullness of the Holy Spirit: Romans 8:9, 13-15; Galatians 5:16-17, 22; Galatians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:15

THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that all true believers, once they have placed their faith in Christ, are kept secure in Him forever.

John 10:28-29; John 4:13-14; John 6:35, 37, 39; Romans 11:29; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:13-14

THE CHURCH

We believe the Church is the visible expression of Christ's life and ministry in the world, that it is made up of all who have come to faith in Christ and that it expresses itself in local congregations who have joined together to glorify Christ in their lives and ministry.

Church as the Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; John 10:16; Acts 2:42-47. / Church Expressed in Local Bodies: 2 Corinthians 8:23; Galatians 1:2; Acts 8:1; Acts 13:1; Acts 18:22; Acts 20:17; Romans 16:1-5

BAPTISM AND COMMUNION

We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted the ordinances of baptism and communion to be observed by all believers until His return.

Baptism: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:37-41; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 22:14-16; Mark 16:16. / Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:14-19; Acts 2:42

BAPTISM

We believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation but is a public testimony of the believer's personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and is therefore an essential act of Christian commitment.

1 Peter 3:21-22; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16

ETERNITY

We believe that all people are eternal beings who either spend eternity in God's presence, enjoying and delighting in him as a result of their faith in Christ, or separated from God, suffering the due penalty for their sin, because of their rejection of God's gracious provision for their sin in the person of Christ.

Daniel 12:2-3. / Heaven: Isaiah 66:1; John 14:2-3; Psalms 16:11; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 73:24-26; Matthew 6:20; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:23-27. / Hell: Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Luke 16:23-26; Romans 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Mark 9:43

THE LORD’S RETURN

We live in anticipation of the Lord's visible and bodily return to reign on earth, judge humanity and restore the created order.

Matthew 16:26-27; Matthew 24:30-31; Matthew 25:31-33; Luke 9:26; Luke 12:40; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

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