WHAT WE  BELIEVE

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The bible is verbally inspired by God, without error in the original languages, and the authority on all life.

(John 17:17; Romans 1:16, 10:17; Galatians 2:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

ABOUT GOD

There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-2, 17:3; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

 

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus is fully God and man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died for our sins. He rose from the dead and is reigning with the Father in heaven where he advocates for all those who believe in him.

(Luke 1:35; Romans 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-17, 2:9; Hebrews 1:3, 4:15, 9:24; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3, 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:2)

 

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune God. The Holy Spirit's role is to glorify Christ. At salvation the Holy Spirit indwells and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ. Today the Holy Spirit convicts people, brings them to repentance, regenerates the believing sinner, indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers believers for righteous living and service.

(John 14:16-17,26, 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:7-11,13, 28-30; Ephesians 2:20-22, 4:1-16, 30; Titus 3:5, Hebrews 2:1-4)

 

ABOUT SATAN

The devil is a real spiritual being that the Bible often refers to as Satan. He is the father of all lies, a deceiver, an accuser of the saints, and the prince of darkness and sin. He blinds the minds of unbelievers and also tempts believers. Satan’s power is limited to what God allows him to do. Jesus has already defeated Satan through His death and resurrection and his destiny is the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

(Genesis 3:1-7; Job 1:10-12; Ezekiel 28:14-19; Zechariah 3:1; John 8:44; John 12:30-32; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 11:3; Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Timothy 3:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Revelation 12:10, 20:10)

 

ABOUT THE CREATION AND THE FALL OF MAN

Mankind is the direct creation of God. Both man and woman were made in God's image but fell into sin and their sin separated them from God. This separation, or spiritual death, has been continued through every person since. Every person born is, in essence, sinful and needs divine grace. God’s son, Jesus, who lived a perfect life, was the sole exception. Only through Jesus can salvation and spiritual life be gained.

(Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalms 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6, 5:40, 6:35; Romans 3:10-19, 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 5:6; 1 John 3:8)

 

ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is the act by which a sinner is freed through faith from the penalty of his sin and is accepted by God as righteous. It is accomplished by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus alone, and cannot be earned or maintained by human effort. This is a result of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ when a person repents of his sin and believes in the sinless life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the complete and sufficient payment for his sin. Those entering into this relationship by faith are eternally born-again and have become children of God.

(John 1:12-13, 3:5-6, 16, 10:27-28, 17:3, 20:30-31; Acts 2:36, 4:10-12; Romans 3:21-28, 5:1, 6:23, 8:16, 10:8-13, 14:9; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:8-10, 4:30; James 1:19-27, 2:14-26)

 

ABOUT HOLY LIVING

The evidence of salvation is a changed life. The mark of a growing believer is the presence of the fruit of the Spirit. The believer’s Christian walk will express itself as a reflection of Jesus’ life, conduct, and service.

(Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 1:4, 2:10, 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,7, 5:23; Titus 3:8; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 John 3:9-11)

 

ABOUT THE CHURCH

The church is composed of individuals who have come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The purpose of the church is to make disciples who will make God known. They are united with one another in the church body of which Christ himself leads.

(1 Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:21, 5:23-33; Matthew 28:18-20; John 13:34-35; Acts 1:8, 2:1-21, 2:38-47, 14:23, 20:17, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 10:32, 11:23-25, 12:12-13, 15:58; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22, 3:1-6, 21, 4:7-16, 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:25, 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-5; 1 John 1:3)

 

ABOUT THE FUTURE

Jesus Christ’s return is imminent and he will return to earth in bodily form. This will happen before the tribulation and before his thousand year reign and his final victory over Satan. We must continually be ready for that day, since it is not for us to know the day or time of his return. We believe in eternal joy for believers and conscience torment for unbelievers.

(Daniel 9:24-27; Zechariah 14:1-21; Matthew 24:29-51, 25:31-36, 25:46; John 14:3, 14:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:6; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Jude 14-15; Revelation 7:9-17, 19:7-16, 20:1-6,11-15, 21:1)

 

ABOUT MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

Marriage, as ordained by God at creation, is the sacred union of one man and one woman in a lifelong covenant commitment. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ's relationship to His Church. All children are a blessing from the Lord. All human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception.

(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:24; Psalm 127, 128, 139:13-16; Matthew 19:1-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4)


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