Our Beliefs

The Church: A church is a local body of believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. This church is an autonomous body under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Church is the Body of Christ and family of God. It is not a physical building but the universal body of baptized believers living in love and harmony. (Romans 12:4-5; Acts 2:14-47; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Revelation 21:2, 9)

The Great Commission: The mission of the church is to Glorify God and advance the kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations through the preaching and teaching of the gospel of Christ. It is the responsibility of every believer to carry out the Great Commission and be part of Gods great redemptive work. (Matthew 28: 16-20; Acts 1:8)

God: There is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. He is the Creator and Ruler of all. He is love. (Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 45:5-6; Psalm 33:13-15, 90:2, 139:7-10, 147:5; Matthew 3:13-17, 28:17-20; 1 John 4:8)

Jesus Christ: Jesus is the Son of God, God the son, head of the Church, and Gods only designated Savior of the world. He is eternal, born to a virgin, fully God and man. He died on the cross, resurrected three days later, ascended to heaven, and will return. God sent his son Jesus to be the atonement for the worlds sins.  He is the way, the truth, and the life. (Matthew 1:18-25, 3:13-17; John 1:1, 14:6; Colossians 1:15-18; Luke 23:26-56, 24:1-53; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; 1 John 4:14; 1 John 2:1-2)

The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is God and lives in all believers. He gives power for holy living, guides us to what is right, and reveals truth. In Him we experience joyful living. (John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-23)

The Scriptures: The Bible is the inspired infallible Word of God. It is our final authority in determining what we believe, what we practice and how we live. It holds within it the truth of God that speaks to mans heart and soul. It is complete and is to be accepted in its entirety. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 22:19)

Man: Man was created, in Gods image, to glorify God, to work, and to care for creation. Man willfully sinned leading to his separation from God and his physical and spiritual death. All of humanity is by birth and action sinful and without hope apart from Jesus. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7; 2:15-17; 3:19; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Acts 4:12; Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation: In His love, God sent His son to die for us. Jesus death and resurrection allow salvation to be possible for all. Only by trusting in and submitting to the lordship of Jesus, can one be reconciled to God and experience eternal life. Those who trust in Jesus repent of sin and confess their faith. (John 3:16-18, 3:3-5, 5:28-29, 10:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; Romans 5:8, 10:9; Acts 2:38, 4:12)

Baptism: Jesus instructed His followers to be baptized in water as their identification with His death, burial and resurrection. Baptism is the immersion of the believer symbolizing the passing away of the old life and the beginning of a new life in Christ. Although we believe identification through Baptism is an important part of a Christians spiritual life, Baptism is not necessary for Salvation.  (Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:9-13, Galatians 3:27; Acts 2:38, 8:36-38, 19:1-7; John 3:16; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 16:31)

The Lords Supper: The Lords Supper is a symbolic act of obedience that memorializes the death and sacrifice of Jesus and anticipates His second coming. The bread represents the broken body and the wine represents the blood shed. We regularly receive the Lords Supper to remember Jesus' sacrifice for our sins. Although we believe communion is an important act of obedience in a Christians spiritual life, it is not necessary for salvation.  (Luke 22: 19-20; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-30, John 3:16; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 16:31)

Marriage: Marriage is an institution created by and ordained by God. Biblical marriage joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, lifelong union. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to one another.  The biblical marriage model is so revered that it is also used to describe Christ and the Churchs spiritual relationship to one another as Husband and Wife.  (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:20-25; Mark 10:6-9;Hebrew 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 7:3-5, 39; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Romans 1:26-28; Leviticus 18:22; Ephesians 5:21-33)

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