What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Scripture Basis: Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Scripture Basis: Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist
forever. After death, one will either exist eternally united with God in
Heaven, or exist eternally separated from God in Hell. The gift of
eternal life is freely offered to every individual. Heaven and Hell are
places of eternal existence.
About Jesus Christ
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 the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to
demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory
and will return again to Earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of
Salvation is a gift from
God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or
good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness
can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one
receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Because God gives man
eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer can securely believe
that salvation is for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and
power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and
keeping power of God that gives this security.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is
co-equal with the Father and Son of God. He is present in the world to
make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives
in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Christian seeks
daily to live under His control. He provides the Christian with power
for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in providing
ministry to other Christians and the world. The evidence that one is
"filled with the Holy Spirit" is the fruit of the Spirit seen in godly
character, not in the manifestation of any particular spiritual gift.
About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word
to all people. It is written by human authors, under the supernatural
guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the supreme source of truth
for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is
truth without any mixture of error.
The Pastor and staff are
given the responsibility to lead the church and to equip the membership
for ministry. Each member has the responsibility to discover and employ
his or her spiritual gifts in the life of the church. Every Christian
needs to discover and be faithful in his or her
ministry for Jesus Christ.
The Christian exists to
minister to the world, to other Christians and especially to God through
praise and worship. We exist for the praise of His glory. Worship is
celebrative as well as reflective and inspirational.
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