what we believe

God: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1.1, 26-27; 3.22; Deut. 6.4; Psalm 90.2; Isaiah 45.18; Matthew 28.19; 2 Corinthians 13.14; 1 Peter 1.2

God the Father: We believe that God the Father holds all the attributes of God while exercising a unique role in the triune God. The Godhead is in agreement with the role of each: God as Father, Son as sacrifice, and Spirit as power. He is the Father of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and yet still one with both as God. The Father adopts believers into relationship with Him as their Father. With Christ, believers have the privilege of being heirs to God’s glory. He actively prunes and disciplines believers to strengthen them for His glory. Luke 1.35; Matthew 3.17; Romans 8.15-17; John 15.1-2; Hebrews 12.7-11

Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father as God and has always existed as God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the 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 claim His own and take them to Heaven. Isaiah 9.6; Matthew 1.22-23; John 1.1-5; 8.58; 14.10-30; Acts 1.9-11; Romans 1.3-4; 1 Corinthians 15.3-4; 1 Timothy 6.14-15; Titus 2.13; Hebrews 4.14-15; Revelation 1.8

Holy Spirit. 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. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. John 14.16-17, 16.7-13, 17; Acts 1.8; Romans 5.5; I Corinthians 2.12; 3.16; 2 Corinthians 3.17; Galatians 5.25; Ephesians 1.13, 5.18

Bible. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture or error. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth. Where it speaks we listen and obey. Psalm 12.6, 119.105, 160; Proverbs 30.5; 2 Timothy 1.13, 3.16; 2 Peter 1.20-21

The Church. The Church is the body and bride of Christ, as well as the household of faith. It is a living temple where God dwells in His people. We believe that everyone that has been saved by Christ is a member of the Church. We believe that the Church exists throughout the world and is witnessed and experienced in local autonomous gatherings of believers. Ephesians 4.16; Romans 12.4-5; Ephesians 5.24-32; Galatians 6.10; 1 Peter 2.4-5; 1 Corinthians 3.16; Acts 14.23; Matthew 16.16–18; Acts 2.42–47; Romans 12.5; 1 Corinthians 12.12–27; Ephesians 1.20–23; 4.3–10; Colossians 3.14–15

Salvation. 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 and God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. 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 of his life. This is evidenced by repentance, confession, baptism by immersion, and a life committed to loving God and His people. John 1.12, 14.6; Romans 5.1, 6.23; Galatians 3.26; Ephesians 2.8-9; Titus 3.5