- We exist to glorify God as the one and only true God.
- Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord of the church.
- God’s inerrant Word is truth and the foundation of all that we do.
- The Holy Spirit distributes gifts to Christians to do the work of His church.
- We value the preaching of the full and complete Word of God.
- We adhere to the teachings and practices of the New Testament Church.
- Meaningful and relevant worship is the primary way our corporate body lifts Christ up and expresses love for Him.
- There is no alternative to discipling, growing, and equipping people in their Christian walk.
- We commit to spreading the Word through the planting of churches, involvement in missions, promotion of Christian camp and ordaining the faithful to full-time Christian service.
- We adhere to our historical heritage: in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE ESSENTIALS
ABOUT GODGod 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; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRISTJesus 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 reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRITThe 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 (I Corinthians 3:15; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14). He is the empowering presence of God in the Christian for works of service, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for moral living (I Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:16-25). As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLEThe 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 any mixture of error. The Bible is our final authority for all matters of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGSPeople 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 willfully sin and as a result of our individual sins we are lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Ezekiel 18: Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23
ABOUT SALVATIONSalvation 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. We believe that salvation (the forgiveness of sins) comes by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible teaches that the normal pattern we follow to receive Jesus as Savior is to believe in Christ as God’s Son and Savior of the world, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ as Lord, and to be immersed (baptized). Each of these is taught clearly in the word of God. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1,2; Luke 24:45-57; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21; Matthew 10:32; Romans 6:1-7; 10:9-7
ABOUT ETERNITYPeople 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. John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
We exist to TAKE the gospel to all people, to TRANSFORM hearts to be like Jesus, and TRAIN disciples to make more disciples.
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