WHAT WE BELIEVE
God. We believe that there is one living and true God, who exists in three persons as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All equal in power and authority, the Godhead is the Creator, sustainer, and governor of all things.
2 Corinthians 13:14, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Mark 1:10-11, 'And immediately, coming up from the water, He (Jesus) saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Bible. We believe that God has communicated to us through the Old and New Testaments, which are true and without error in the original manuscripts. Scripture is the foundation of our individual lives and the blueprint for His church.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
1 Peter 2:2, 'as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.'
Psalm 119:11, 'Your word I have hidden in my heart. That I might not sin against You.'
Psalm 119:9, 'How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.'
Creation. We believe that God created our world and gave it life. He is the Maker, who by simply speaking brought everything into existence and tasked humanity to care for it. We believe that one day we will all have to stand and give account to our Creator regarding our belief in God the Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (2Cor.5:10; Rev.20:11-15).
Colossians 1:16, For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Genesis 1:1, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.'
Genesis 1:31, 'Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.'
Jesus. We believe that God the Son became man (Jesus the Christ) so that we might be reconnected to Him. As a man, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled this mission by His death, burial and resurrection, and as God remains the object of our worship. We believe in His vicarious, sacrificial atoning death for all humanity. We believe Jesus died, was buried and rose again in three days according to the Scriptures (1 Cor.15:1-4). We believe Jesus will return for His church in a pre-tribulation rapture (1Cor15:51-55; 1Thess.4:13-18; 1Thess.5:2,9-10; 2Thess.2:1-12). We believe will return to the earth with His church at His Second Coming and we will reign with Him for 1,000 years before we are ushered into a New Heaven and a New Earth wherein righteousness will dwell (Rev.19:11-16; Rev.20:1-6; Rev.21).
Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
John 1:1, 14, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.'
John 3:16, 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.'
Revelation 19:10, 'And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.'
Luke 24:27, 'And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He (Jesus) expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.'
Salvation. We believe that God invites everyone to entrust their lives to Jesus Christ as their sin bearer & Savior. This act of faith initiates God graciously giving us spiritual birth, a place in His family, purpose in this life, and residency with Him forever. We believe salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone, not of works (Eph.2:8-10).
John 1:12-13, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 10:9-10, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Acts 4:12, 'Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.'
Acts 8:35-37, 'Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
Church. We believe that God has formed a universal community from those who follow Him. We are connected to each other locally, where we gather to worship Him, be taught by Him, and be sent by Him.
Ephesians 2:19-22, Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.'
1 Corinthians 6:19, 'Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?'
Matthew 16:18, 'And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.'
Hebrews 10:24-25, 'And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.'
Acts 2:42, 'And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.'
Ephesians 4:11-16, 'And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...speaking the truth in love...by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.'
Life. We believe that God has given us His Spirit to have the liberty, power, and wisdom to live every day for Him. The believer who yields to His presence will experience the supernatural in all areas of life.
John 14:12-13, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Ephesians 5:18, 'And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.'
Galatians 5:16, 'I say then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.'
Galatians 5:22-23, 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.'
1 John 5:12-13, 'He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.'