What We Believe
OUR CORE STATEMENT OF FAITH
These are the central tenets of our faith. This is not an exhaustive statement of everything we believe, but these are the essential biblical truths that we affirm as a church body.
The Bible is inspired by God and is infallible, never wrong as originally given. The Bible is the supreme, absolute, and final authority for correct believing. (1Tim. 3:16-17; 2Pet. 1:20-21; John 17:17; Is. 40:8)
Who Is God?
There is only one God (Deut. 6:4; John 17:3; Eph. 4:4-6), the creator of the heavens and earth (Gen. 1:1). Before him no god was formed, nor will there be one after him (Is. 3:10; 44:6). He has always existed as God (Mal. 3:6). God is eternal (Is. a40:28; Ps. 102:25-27) and unchanging (Num. 23:19).
Who Is Jesus?
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the one and only Son of God. Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith (1Cor. 3:11). Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed one, the Messiah (John 20:31). He was born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18-20; Luke 1:35) and lived a sinless life (2Cor. 5:21). He is God’s word in the flesh (John 1:14) and the express image of God (Heb. 1:3). Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father God (John 14:6). Jesus paid for the sins of the world by his substitutionary sacrifice on the cross (Rom. 3:25-26; 1Jn. 4:9-11). God raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand (Eph. 1:20). Our blessed hope is for the imminent (1Thes. 5:2) personal return of our living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Phil. 3:20; Tit. 2:13) and our gathering together unto him (1Cor. 15:51-52; 1Thes. 4:16-17) before the Great Tribulation and judgment of the world (1Thes. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10).
What is "Born Again"?
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23), and the just payment of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). But God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). When anyone declares that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead, they will be saved (Rom. 10:9). People receive the Holy Spirit when they hear and believe this message of truth (Eph. 1:13). Thus, every believer is born again of the Holy Spirit (1Pet. 1:23), and has become a child of God (Rom. 8:14, 16) and a member of the Body of Christ (1Cor. 12:27).
What Believers Do
Born again believers endeavor to follow Jesus Christ in our daily life (Col. 2:6). We turn away from the sinful lives we lived before and seek to become more like Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:18; 2Cor. 5:17). We grow in Jesus Christ by renewing our minds (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23) in God’s word (Matt. 4:4; 2Tim. 2:15), walking in the love of God (Eph. 5:2), and worshipping God. We perform good works, not to be saved, but because we are saved already (Eph. 2:8-10; Heb. 12:24; James2:26). We seek to win others to Christ by connecting with people and lovingly sharing the message of truth (1Pet. 3:15).
The Holy Spirit in Action
The Holy Spirit provides the born-again believer with power for living victoriously (Rom. 15:16; Eph. 3:16), understanding of spiritual truth (John 16:13; 1Cor. 2:10-12; Eph. 3:5), and guidance in doing what is right (Gal. 5:16-25). The workings of the Holy Spirit in the assembly of believers are to be done decently and in order (1Cor. 12:8-10; 14:40) for the edification of the assembly (1Cor. 14:12, 26; Eph. 4:12-13) and the glory of God (1Pet. 4:10-11).
Water baptism is a public confession that a person has been born again. Being submerged in water symbolizes our identification with the death and burial of Jesus. Rising out of the water symbolizes our being raised together with Jesus to new life (Rom. 6:4-11; Col. 2:12).
The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice and consists of two elements: bread and fruit of the vine. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ that was broken for our healing. The cup symbolizes Christ’s blood that was shed for forgiveness of sins (Is.53:4-6, Ps. 103:3; Luke 22:19-20; Matt. 26:26-29; 1Cor. 11:23-25; 1Pet. 2:24; James 5:15; Ps. 103:3).
We affirm the Biblical standard of marriage being between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:23-24; Mark 10:6-8; 1Cor. 7:2).