A QUICK GLANCE AT WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that in matters of doctrine we will have unity, in matters of opinion we will have liberty, but in all things we will show love.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is without error. It is a love letter from God to each of us with instruction on how to do life. (I Cor. 2:7-14, II Tim. 3:16 I Pet. 1:20-21
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD
God exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19, John 14:16-26) • God is the Only true God and sole creator of this world and the universe. ( Gen. 1:1-2:25, John 1:1-4) • Because of His great love for us, God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners by His atoning death on Calvary. ( Isa. 53:1-6, John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, Eph. 1:3-6).
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus in the flesh was both God and man • He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. • He revealed the heart and mind of God in His teaching and performed miracles exactly as they are described in the Bible. • He was crucified, died as the penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead, bodily, on the third day. • He ascended to the Father. He is the head of the church and intercedes for all believers • He is coming again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth. ( Phil. 2:5-8, Luke 1:26-35, Heb. 4:!4-15, I Pet. 2:21-24, I Cor. 15:3-5, Acts 1:9-11, Eph. 1:18-23, I Thess. 4:15-16, John 14:1-6)
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT SALVATION
Our relationship with God has been broken by our sin. • We can be restored to a relationship with God only through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, we remain eternally separated from God, and hell is that place where He is not. • We can come back to God based only on God’s grace. We can not earn it. • God invites us all to accept His gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. • The model for this in the Bible is repentance (life direction change) confession (in the Lordship of Jesus Christ) and baptism by immersion. ( John 3:1-21, Acts 2:37-39,8:26-39,10:1-48,16:11-34,22:2-16, Rom. 3:21-31,5:6-11,6:1-23, 1Cor. 6:9-11, 15:1-58, Gal. 3:13-14, Eph. 2:8-9, Heb. 9:11-14,10:10-13, I Pet. 3:18, I John 1:8-10)
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST
The Holy Spirit lives by promise in the life of the Christian as God’s pledge and seal of salvation. (John 16:8-11,13-15, Acts 2:38,5:3-4, Rom 8&9) • The Christian is enabled to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God by the indwelling Spirit. (Eph. 4:11-16, Col. 1:9-12,3:12-17) • At death, the Christian’s spirit departs to be with Jesus Christ. At the return of our Lord our bodies will be raised to the likeness of His resurrected Body and we will live forever in His Divine presence in heaven. (Luke 16:19-31 • The only way to produce fruit for the Kingdom is to stay connected to the True Vine, which is Jesus Christ. (John 15:1-17)