Statement of Faith
We believe in one eternal, sovereign God who exists in 3 co-equal persons (The Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit). God loves each of us unconditionally. (Matt 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14, John 14:25-26, 1 John 5:7)
We believe God the Son, Jesus Christ, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, and was fully God and fully man. While Christ lived on Earth he lived a sinless life, died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin, was bodily resurrected on the third day, and ascended into heaven where he serves as high priest, intercessor, and our advocate at the right hand of the Father. Jesus will return to Earth again to judge man and take His own to heaven. (Matt. 1:18-25, Matt. 27:32-55, Matt. 27:57-65, Matt. 28:1-10)
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Living God and lives within every person who has accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. He provides guidance for understanding spiritual truth and guidance for doing what is right.
We believe that God created man in His image, giving mankind great value in God’s sight. Through the consequences of disobedience of the first man and woman, all human beings experience physical death and spiritual death (separation from God.) Although human beings are capable of doing some good works in the eyes of other humans, no one can be reconciled to a holy God apart from the atoning work of Christ offered by the grace of God. (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 3:11-18 ,Eph. 2:1-3, Gen. 3:ff)
We believe that Christ’s death was the complete atonement for man’s sin and whoever repents
(changes their erroneous view of who God and Jesus are) and, by faith, trusts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord becomes a child of God. Salvation is a free gift of God, purely by His grace, so that no amount of good deeds nor attempts to live a moral life would be sufficient to meet the righteous demands of a holy God. Salvation of a child of God who has truly placed his faith in Christ is secure in this salvation due to the fact that it is founded in Christ’s work and God’s grace, not the self-effort of man. (Rom. 3:22-26, Rom. 5:1-9, Rom. 5:1, Eph. 2:8-10, Rom 10:8-10)
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God without error in the original manuscripts and that the Bible is the final authority in all matters about which it speaks. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe all true followers of Christ are members of the universal Church, often referred to as
the Body of Christ, regardless of organizational affiliation. The local church is where ministry,
fellowship, teaching, discipleship and the great commission take place. We believe that all Christians are, by the grace of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit, to make progressive steps of growth toward spiritual maturity. Within the Body of Christ there is a diversity of special abilities given to each believer by God to enable that Christian to function especially well in a certain area of service, but there are no superiors or inferiors in the Body of Christ. (Eph. 4:4, Eph. 5:23-29 Rom. 1:7, I Cor. 1:2, 2 Cor. 2:1, Gal.1:2, Eph. 1:1, Phil. 1:1, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1 Matt. 28:19, 1Cor.12:12 , Eph. 4:7-16.)
We believe that God through Jesus Christ has provided the church with two very specific “acts” that are to be done “in remembrance of him”. Communion is a time of personal reflection and emembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. The elements of bread, wafers, juice, or wine are symbols of Christ’s body and His blood shed to cover our sins. All followers of Christ are welcome to participate. (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor. 11:24)
Baptism, like communion, is symbolic in nature and a public declaration of the believer’s faith and repentance in Jesus Christ by identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.