What We Believe

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation to man. It is verbally inspired in every word and inerrant in the original manuscripts. The word of God is infallible, sufficient for all things, and is our final and sole authority in all matters. 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16 2 Peter 1:20-21 Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6 Proverbs 30:5

GOD

We believe there is only one, living and true God, an infinite, all knowing Spirit. He is perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three co-equal persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; Matthew 28:19; Psalm 90:2 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God's Son. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. He is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, performed miracles, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind by dying on a cross. The purpose of His death was to become a substitutionary atonement for the sins of mankind. 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. Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Romans 1:3-4, 3:21-26; Hebrews 4:14-15; Isaiah 9:6; Titus 2:13; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son of God. He is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Scriptures teach that we are all baptized into one body by one Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13) therefore we believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation, not subsequent to it. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers, and gifts them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption. He provides the child of God with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right and we seek to live under His control daily. 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 13:1-13, 14:1-40, 2 Corinthians 3:17,; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 2:20, 5:18; John 16:7-13; 14:16-27; Galatians 5:25, Hebrews 2:3-4

MAN

We believe that man was created by God as a human being, and did not evolve from a lower order of being. We believe that man was created in the image of God and possesses intellect, emotion, and will. As the supreme object of God’s creation, we were designed for dignity and fellowship with Him. However, Adam’s sin sent all of creation into a fallen state, and plunged all his descendants into depravity. Thus, everyone, without exception, is marred by willful rebellion and disobedience toward God, which is called “sin.” As a result, man is totally incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Romans 3:1-20, 23 Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us. We receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance means turning away from our sin and turning towards Christ. Faith means trusting in Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect obedience is credited to us so that God sees us as the righteousness of Christ. Every person who truly is saved will spend eternity in heaven, while those who choose to reject God's salvation and die in sin will spend eternity in a place spoken of by Jesus called hell. Romans 3:21-26; 4:1-25, 5:1, 6:23 Titus 3:5 John 14:6, 1:12 Galatians 3:26 Ephesians 2:8-9

THE BELIEVER'S SECURITY

We believe God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. When a person makes a genuine commitment of faith in Jesus, he/she is sealed unto the day of redemption. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God alone, not by any self-effort on the part of the believer. We believe in the "the perseverance of God with the saints,” meaning that, God perseveres with us, keeping us from falling away, and because He perseveres we also persevere. We persevere because God preserves us from full and final falling away from Him. John 10:29, Romans 6-8, Ephesians 2:1-10 1 Peter 1:3-5 Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14 2 Timothy 1:12