WHAT WE BELIEVE...
We always remember: “In matters of faith, unity.
In matters of opinion, liberty. In all things, love!”
The Authority of Scripture: We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe that it has been accurately preserved and is the basis for all teaching and ministry. (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:14-17)
God: We believe that there is only one God, infinite and sovereign, the creator of heaven and earth. He exists eternally in three equal and yet distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet, He still loves every one of us. (John 3:16, 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17)
Jesus Christ: We believe Jesus of Nazareth was both fully God and fully human. He is the savior of the world and the long-awaited Messiah. He lived on the earth and remained sinless, yet he was crucified, died, and was buried. He rose on the third day, conquering death and giving us the hope of eternal life. (John 3:16-17, 2 Peter 3:18, Colossians 1:15-20, Philippians 2:1-11)
The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is divine and equal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, bears witness to the truth, is the agent of new birth, and He seals, guides, teaches, and helps the believer. (Matthew 28:19, John 14:16-17, Acts 2:30-38;
Romans 8:9-27, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 5:22-25 and Ephesians 4:11-16)
Salvation: We believe that mankind chose to disobey God. That disobedience is called sin and the result of that choice is separation for God. Jesus came to pay our debt of sin to God on the cross and he is the only way to salvation. (Genesis 3, Romans 3:23, John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
The Church: We believe that a normal result of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of his body, the church. There is one true church, universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as savior and Lord. We gather together to devote ourselves to worship, fellowship, prayer, teaching, the observance of communion, and baptism as established by Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:37-47)
Baptism: We believe in the immersion in water to express our faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism demonstrates our understanding that our relationship with God is based on what Jesus did in his death, burial, and resurrection and not our good deeds. Baptism involves a total submersion under water and, as the Bible tells us, we are being baptized into Jesus’s death. We are buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
(Acts 2:38, 8:34-39; Romans 6:1-6; 1 Peter 3:21)
Communion: We believe in sharing together the elements of the Lord’s Supper, which represents the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. We believe communion represents the new covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ and that it is a God-given means of remembering Jesus’ death until He comes again as well as an opportunity for believers to grow in our commitment to him and his body, the church.
(Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Acts 20:7)
Faith and Practice: Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. (Romans 14:1)
**If you have any questions about what we believe as a church, feel free to contact any of the leaders with your questions.**