WHAT WE BELIEVE
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“We believe that everyone who has a personal encounter with Jesus Christ is forever changed for the better!”
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It declares His design and plan for humanity. Human authors inspired by God wrote the entire Bible. It is truth without error and the final authority on which we base our Christian beliefs, conduct, and doctrine.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 12:20-21; John 8:30-31; 1Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
There is only one living and true God, who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three have distinct personalities and distinct roles but are co-equal and one God. God is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe to whom we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 1Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:13-14; Hebrews 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7
About God: the Father
Is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all loving, just, wise and powerful. He is the One who judges righteously and tests the hearts and minds. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men.
1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; John 3:16; Romans 5:8-10; 8:15; Galatians 4:6, 7
About God: the Son
Is Jesus Christ the second person of the Godhead. He is equal with the Father but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was born both fully divine and fully human. He came into the world to save humanity. Jesus is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life on earth. He voluntarily offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of all people by shedding His blood and dying on the cross as our substitute. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death and is the only mediator between God and man. Jesus ascended to His Father’s right hand where He intercedes for us and is the head of the church. He will return someday to earth in power and glory to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
John 1:1-5, 14; 14:10-30; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke1:27-35; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About God: the Holy Spirit
Is the third person of the Godhead, co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the believer’s new birth and growth to maturity. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and works in their life to produce godly character. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives the believer spiritual gifts, help, and comfort. He is our Friend, Counselor, Enabler, and we seek to live under His loving reign every day.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:1-16; 1Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
You are the number one focus of God’s creation and He desires to have a relationship with you. God made you in His spiritual image to be like Him in character. Although you have a tremendous potential for good, you have within you an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates you from God until the relationship is restored through a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is a free gift from God to all people and we receive it by turning from our sins and placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness saves us from the guilt, penalty and all other consequences of sin. Salvation comes from no other person, creed, process, or power. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:1; 6:23; 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22
Sanctification is the ongoing process of developing the character of Jesus Christ in our lives. God sets us apart through salvation for the Holy Spirit to begin a work in our lives. The Holy Spirit works to bring maturity and enables the believer to live a godly life. Sanctification occurs when we yield to God’s Word and to His Spirit.
Hebrews 13:12; Romans 8:1-17, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18;1Thessalonians 4:1-8, 5:15-24; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 2:11; 12:14; 1Peter 1:13-19
About the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus Christ after His ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth. The baptism in the Holy Spirit started on the day of Pentecost and follows salvation. We believe that speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enables us is the initial evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early church and is intended to be the normal experience for all believers today. The believer is entitled to this promise and with it comes the enabling to witness and serve, just like the early church.
Joel 2:28-29; Acts 1:4; Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-26; 15:26; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17, 38-39; 8:12-17; 10:38, 44-47; 11:14-17; 15:7-9; 19:1-6; Mark 16:17
About the Fruit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is evidence of a Spirit filled life and the measure of Christian maturity. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the believer to bring edification to the Church as well as demonstrate the validity of Christ’s resurrection and confirm the power of the Gospel. There is a variety of gifts listed in the Bible, which may occur in various combinations. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer and these gifts should always operate in harmony with the word of God.
Galatians 5:22-25; 1Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:16;1Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10
About the Church
The church is a family of believers who have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of denomination) through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. The church represents the body of Christ while recognizing Jesus Christ as the head of the church. Jesus Christ has gifted some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers so that His people would learn to serve and His body would grow strong. The Holy Spirit fills and empowers the church to glorify God and to fulfill our mission of helping people through evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and service.
Matthew 16:18; John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 12:23; Ephesians 4:8-16
About Water Baptism
Following salvation, the word of God commands the new believer to be baptized in water, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” It is a public demonstration of one’s personal decision to follow Jesus Christ. Water Baptism is symbolic of the believers identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Immersion under water represents the death and burial of one’s old sinful life. Coming out of the water represents the new life in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48
Communion is a special time of Worship as we commemorate what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross by eating the bread and drinking the wine. The bread and wine represent the Body and Blood of Jesus broken and spilled out for our Salvation. Communion is done in adoration of Christ while anticipating His second coming.
Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:15-20; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-32
About the Second Coming of Christ
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to finish history and the eternal plan of God. This will occur at a date and time undisclosed by the Scriptures.
Matthew 24:30; 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation1:7; 19-22
As Jesus arose from the dead, there will also be a bodily resurrection of all humanity and a final judgment. God will reveal His justice by separating the believer from the unbeliever to determine the eternal destiny of each individual. The unbeliever who rejected God’s plan of salvation will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. The believer who accepted God’s plan of salvation will receive eternal communion with God and receive a reward for their work done in this life.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 5:21-29; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21
God created people to Live forever. After this life is over, We will either live forever with God in a place called Heaven (because we have received forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ as our personal Savior) Or, We will be separated from God, existing in a place called Hell (because of our rejection of Salvation and the forgiveness of our sins that God has provided through His Son Jesus Christ) Heaven and Hell are both real places.
John 3:16; John 2:25; 5:11-13; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15;1 Corinthians 2:7-9; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46