What We Believe
In essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Ephesians 4:4-6
In nonessential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
In all our beliefs — we show charity.
“...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Gen. 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal 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 a 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 earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matt. 1:22,23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10- 30; Heb. 4:14,15; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14,15; Tit. 2:13
3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal 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. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18
4. About the 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 of error.
2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105,160; 12:6; Prov. 30:5
5. About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Gen. 1:27; Psa. 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23; Is. 59:1,2
6. About 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 as 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 into his life by faith.
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 14:6; 1:12; Tit. 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
7. About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
We feel that worship is a lifestyle, not a once a week event. Psalm 95:1-7, Romans 12:1-2
We feel there is no need to pretend to be anything we are not. In being real we show what God has done and is doing in our lives. Ephesians 4:11-16, Romans 12:3
We feel prayer is our opportunity to express our heart to God and listen to His instruction. Everything we do will be covered in honest prayer. Psalm 66:16-20, Matthew 18:19
We feel the Bible should be the focal point of each Christians' day as well as corporate study. Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:15
We feel that God has a purpose for us in life and all our efforts will go toward fulfilling that purpose. Matthew 6:33
We feel that each believer should build up each other and the church with the gifts they were given. Romans 12:4,5, 1 Corinthians 12
We feel that the church should operate in unity giving as each has need. Acts 2:44-47
We feel that every believer should give their time to God's work locally and globally. Colossians 3:17
We feel that every believer should financially support God's work locally and globally. 2 Corinthians 8:7
We feel that every believer should share their faith both locally and globally. Ephesians 6:19-20
We feel that every believer should continue a pattern of growth that displays the fruit of the Spirit. Matthew 22:37-40, Galatians 5:22-23