Beliefs

Our church has grown for many reasons, the most important reason being: God has grown it (Acts 2:47). We have made it our mission as a church that we will be unified in essentials. We want to give liberty and grace in the non-essentials and to love God’s way in everything. We want to be a place of truth and a place of love.

We believe we glorify God by doing this. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one …” (Jn 17:21-22)

OUR BELIEF STATEMENTS:

 

ABOUT GOD:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Biblical references: Gen 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Ps 90:2; Mt 28:19; 1 Pt 1:2; II Cor 13:14).

 

ABOUT JESUS:
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 the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to claim His own and take them to that same Heaven. (Biblical references: Mt 1:22, 23; Is 9:6; Jn 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Heb 4:14, 15; 1 Cor 15:3,4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Tit 2:13).

 

ABOUT 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. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (Biblical references: 2 Cor 3:17; Jn 16:7-13; 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 2:12; 3:16; Eph 1:13; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18).

 

ABOUT THE BIBLE:
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors wrote it under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture or error. (Biblical references: 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 2 Tim 1:13; Ps 119:105, 160; 12:6; Pro 30:5).

 

ABOUT END TIMES:
Once again this is an issue that has ravaged the church. Devoted Christians have claimed to be pre-millennial, some post-millennial, others still a-millennial. There are those who are dispensationalists and mid-tribulationists and a myriad of other differing views. We believe that this is not a salvation issue and choose not to divide over it. We do firmly believe that there will be a literal return of Christ and a judgment day at which every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

ABOUT PEOPLE:
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. 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 many problems in life. (Biblical references: Gen 1:27; Ps 8:3-6; Is 53:6a; Rom 3:23; Is 59:1-2)

 

ABOUT ETERNITY:
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist 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. (Biblical references: John 3:16; 14:17; Rom 6:23; 8:17-18; Rev 20:15; 1 Cor 2:7-9).

 

ABOUT SALVATION:
We believe that a person is saved by grace through faith, and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself. A Christian is a person who has made Jesus Christ Lord of their life and is faithfully trying to do all that he asks and commands. Lordship issues include: belief, repentance, confession, baptism, and holy living (discipleship).