Guiding, Growing, and Going
Guiding, Growing, and Going
We believe in one triune God who eternally exist in three persons; the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead is co-equal in essence, power, and glory; and yet, is nevertheless distinct in person.
We believe God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.
Eph. 4:6; I Tim. 1:17; Ps. 147:4; Ex. 20:2-3; Rom. 11:33; Gen. 17:1; John 4:24; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 139:7-10
THE SON, JESUS CHRIST
We believe Jesus 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 Earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Isa. 9:6; II Cor. 5:21; Gen. 3:15; Heb. 10:11-14; Isa. 53:5; John 1:1-5, 14; Heb. 4:12; Gal. 3:13; Col. 1:13-17; Heb. 2:17-18; I Peter 3:18; Heb. 1:2
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the 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 from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
Jn 14:16-17; John 14:26; Jn 15:26-27; Rom 8:16; Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:26-27
We believe the Holy Scriptures, which consist of the 66 books (the Old and New Testaments), to be the only verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the manuscripts, infallible, and God-breathed.
II Pet. 1:20-21; II Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 5:1
We believe humans were created good and in the image of God, to be like Him in character and represent Him on Earth. Therefore humans are the apex of God's creation. Tragically, through Adam's sin, the entire race fell from this purpose, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. In this state, humans are totally unable to remedy their lost condition, and destined for eternal punishment in Hell. This condition and destination can only be remedied through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and personal faith in Him.
Gen. 1:26-30; Gen 2:5, 7,18-22; Matt 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Rom. 1:19-32
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received through personal faith in the Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. This free gift is in no way the result of personal effort or of good works but, instead, displays the grace, love, and mercy of God. Once an individual expresses true personal faith in Jesus, they are adopted by God and are forever held by His persevering grace. Further, there is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Biblically, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
Justification is the point at which God declares believers righteous based on the completed work of Christ on the cross.
Sanctification is the lifelong process, beginning with regeneration, by which God through the work of the Spirit moves believers toward moral and spiritual maturity.
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed
John 1:12; John 3:16-17; John 14:6; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 1:16, 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph 1:13-14, 2:8-9; Philip 2:12
We believe baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.
Matt. 3:13-17; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:36-38; Rom. 6:3-5; Col 2:12; Mark 1:1-4
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe the Lord's Supper, one of the two ordinances of the church, is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matt. 26:17-30; I Cor 10:16, 21; I Cor. 11:23-34;
We believe the Church is both local and universal. The universal Church includes all of those in the world who confess Christ both past and present. The local Church is a local expression of the universal church and is comprised of regenerated believers who, in obedience to scripture, organize under biblically qualified leadership, come together regularly for preaching and worship, observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, are held accountable through discipleship, and go out into the world to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries for the glory of God and the salvation of humanity.
Eph. 3:21; Acts 2:47; I Tim. 3:15; Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:24; Eph. 1:22-23; Acts 16:5; Acts 11:22; Acts 8:1
THE RETURN OF JESUS
We believe and teach that Jesus Christ arose literally and bodily from the grave. We also believe and teach that this resurrection assures all believers the same physical resurrection when the Lord returns for the Saints at the time of the Rapture. There will also be a resurrection of the unsaved to stand in judgment before the Lord, known in the Scriptures as the Great White Throne Judgment.
Matt. 28:6-7; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:1-11, 42-52; Heb. 9:27-28; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-15