Our Beliefs

WE BELIEVE . . .

. . . that the Bible is God’s inspired word, the final authority for what we believe and do as those who trust in Jesus Christ.

. . . in one living and true God, who has always existed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
. . . that every person is created in God’s image but has willfully distorted that image and cut him or herself off from God and His purposes.

. . . in Jesus Christ who is the eternal Son of God who humbled Himself by becoming a man in order to live and die in every person’s place and to rise again from the dead as proof of His claims.  By trusting in Jesus, we are brought into a personal relationship with God.

. . . in the Holy Spirit, who exalts Jesus Christ by living in, teaching and enabling those who trust in Jesus.
. . . that the local church is a community of those who confess and worship Jesus Christ as their Savior and whose mission is to develop followers of Him throughout the world.

. . . that baptism is to follow belief in Jesus and is an act of obedience.  It is limited to those who have personally believed in Jesus Christ as Savior.  Baptism by immersion best illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our subsequent faith in Him.  It is not necessary for salvation, but it is commanded by God.

. . . that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the church.  We observe the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s payment for our sins.  We ask only those who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ participate in the Lord’s Supper.  The elements of bread and grape juice are used as symbols of Christ’s body that was broken and His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins.

. . . that each person is able to come to God for himself or herself.  There is no need for a third party to tell a person how to pray, how to interpret Scriptures or how to vote in church.  All believers are ministers of servants of God.  Therefore the church does not have a distinctive class of priests.  All members are made “priests unto God” by the death of Christ.  The church is a holy priesthood chosen by God to offer up spiritual sacrifices.  There is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ.

. . . that Jesus Christ will come again to earth for those who love and trust Him.  Everyone will be raised bodily from the dead, believers to everlasting joy with Jesus, and unbelievers to everlasting punishment apart from Him.

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