Our Beliefs

What We Believe

“In the essentials we have unity. In the non-essentials we have liberty. In all things we have love.”

Statement of Faith

Think of a dart board. Christians hold to a "bulls eye" of essential beliefs that clarify what we mean when we say "I am a Christian."

These central beliefs are:
1. The Bible is God's Word. Without error and accurate in its original form.
2. Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary and He is fully God and fully man.
3. In what's called "substitutionary atonement", Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and offers the free gift of forgiveness by grace through faith to all who believe and receive His finished work. We do not earn salvation, we receive it as a gift.
4. Jesus was crucified, buried, and on the third day He rose again conquering death, hell, and the grave once and for all.
5. Jesus will one day return to rule and reign, inviting His children home for an eternity with Him in Paradise (Heaven). Christians live as though His return could be imminent.

We will hold firmly to the "bulls eye" of theology but we will hold loosely to most else. The reality is that uniformity in every doctrinal position is not essential for Christian fellowship. We will always seek to grow in Christ and allow the scripture to be our guide, together.

Frankly, one thing is for certain is that the world sees too much fighting. Jesus said that the world will know that we are Christians by our love. Join us as we love like Jesus.

GOD

We believe in one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22 / Psalm 90:2 / Matthew 28:19 / I Peter 1:2 / II Corinthians 13:14

MAN

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by a nature of rebellion toward God called “sin.” This sinful nature separates man from God.

Genesis 1:27 / Psalm 8:3-6 / Isaiah 53:6a / Romans 3:23 / Isaiah 59:1-2

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16 / I John 2:25; 5:11-13 / Romans 6:23 / Revelation 20:15

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to man through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. One must confess Jesus as the only Lord and Savior to receive the free gift of salvation through Christ.

Romans 6:23 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / John 14:6; 1:12 / Titus 3:5 / Galatians 3:26 / Romans 5:1

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men 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 to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23 / Isaiah 9:6 / John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 / Hebrews 4:14-15 / I Corinthians 15:3-4 / Romans 1:3-4 / Acts 1:9-11 / I Timothy 6:14-15 / Titus 2:13

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as 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. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

II Corinthians 3:17 / John 16:7-13; 14:16-17 / Acts 1:8 / I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 / Ephesians 1:13 / Galatians 5:25 / Ephesians 5:18

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to all men. 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 truth without any mixture of error.

II Timothy 3:16 / II Peter 1:20-21 / II Timothy 1:13 / Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6 / Proverbs 30:5