WHAT WE BELIEVE
...that the gospel of Christ is the hope of the world, and it's the heart of the church to bring that hope to others. This belief is the foundation of our church and informs all we preach, teach, and practice.
Additionally, we believe:
in one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
that Jesus is the Son of God, taking on humanity to reveal God to the world. He is the Savior of this world, taking on our sins through death on a cross and resurrecting so that we might live eternally with God.
the Holy Spirit dwells in believers and empowers them to live Godly lives.
that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
in the power of prayer and we encourage all to take their hearts to God through prayer.
that all people are made in the likeness of God and that salvation is available to them through Jesus.
Our Statement of Faith
1. The Bible
We believe the Bible is God's inspired, infallible Word to humanity. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about daily living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any form of error (including scientific and historical). (I Tim 1:13 & 3 :16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; I Cor 2:13; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27 & 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
3. Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus came to this earth in the flesh, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless human life as God in human flesh. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He physically rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin hell, Satan, and death. Jesus ascended to Heaven, is seated at God’s right hand and will physically return again someday to earth to reign as King. (Matt 1:22,23; John 1:1-5,14; Heb 4:14-15; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)
4. Human Beings / Sin Nature
We believe people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and nature. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has purpose, worth, and value - as well as tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by disobedience toward God which is called “sin”. Sin separates us from God. Humans are in a state of total depravity (inclined to evil-not good) which makes our nature self-centered and always bent toward self-gratification. This condition exists until re-birth by receiving salvation in Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Rom 3:23)
We believe salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty of death, hell, and eternal separation from God. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by His grace through faith, and continued belief. (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2; Gal 3:26; Rom 5:1, 10:9-10)
6. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe when a person begins a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins to live inside the believer at the moment of salvation. We also believe the process of being filled with the Holy Spirit is both instantaneous and progressive throughout a persons life, and therefore one continues to grow in grace by the fruits of the Holy Spirit being produced in a persons life. This baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to every believer who asks God for it. (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; Gal 3:14-15).
7. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Bible lists many gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts should be sought and practiced regularly. We desire to have “all” Spiritual gifts functioning within the members of Christ’s body called the church. We believe that all Spirit endowed gifts given to the first century church are still active and given to believers today. We believe they are to be expected and practiced as God endows each person with specific spiritual gifts. (1 Corinthians 12)
8. Physical Healing in Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus' death on the cross provided for our physical healing to our human bodies. God's miracle power for healing is freely given to us as we pray in faith. (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION: It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to better serve others.
1. Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
2. Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
3. Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
4. Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19)
We regularly practice Communion or the Lord's Supper. Jesus initiated this practice as a way to help us remember His sacrificial death and resurrection. (I Cor 11:28-32)
10. Water Baptism
We practice baptism by fully immersing an adult person in water. Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is simply a choice that is made to obey Jesus' command and to follow His example. Teens are encouraged to be water baptized as well (those under age 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian). We baptize people "in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."(Matthew 3:13-17; 28;19; Acts 2:34-36; 19:1-6).
11. Human Sexuality
We Believe that the Bible is a heterosexual book. We affirm its mandate that God created male and female as complementary partners. At no time will the church accept, engage in, or condone any sexual creeds that violate God’s design for humanity as revealed in his word. No creeds or practices that violate God’s view of sexual wholeness and covenant relationship between a man and a woman will be affirmed by the church, its leaders, and/or members. Sexual wholeness is practiced inside the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, all other forms of expressed sexuality are sin and as scripture dictates may keep a person from inheriting the Kingdom of God should the person persist in that sin. (Genesis 2:24, Leviticus 18 – entire vice list, 1 Corinthians 6:9,13-20, 2 Corinthians 12:21, Ephesians 5:3,33, Galatians 5:19, Hebrews 13:4, 1 John 1:9, Matthew 5:28, Mark 7:22-23, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Romans 1:25-28).
12. The Church
The church is the Body of Christ, (ecclesia) the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).