Beliefs


Essential Beliefs – as it pertains to matters of faith and practice within the larger Christian community, it is our desire to express “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity.”

God – exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance, one God. God loves us as a Father. (Gen. 1:1; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16-17)

Jesus Christ – is fully God and was virgin born, sinless in life, he performed miracles, he sacrificed himself through his atoning death, he was resurrected bodily, he ascended to the right hand of the Father and he will personally return in power and glory. (John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; 1 John 5:20; Titus 2:13)

The Holy Spirit – is fully God and dwells in every Christian and empowers them to live the life God has for them. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He reveals spiritual truth and He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16)

The Bible – is the inspired, inerrant, powerful and authoritative Word of God for the Christian faith and living. (2 Timothy 3:16, II Pet. 1:21)

Humans – are created in the image of God but because of sin all people are lost sinners and must turn to Christ in saving faith and repentance for regeneration (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23)

The Church – is the only institution created by Jesus. It is a worldwide body that is divided into local communities and it exists to bring him glory. The local church should help bring life and hope to their local context. (Eph. 1:22,23; Eph. 5:24-30; I Cor. 12:4-13,27)

OUR FOUNDATIONAL SCRIPTURE

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)