What We Believe

What We Believe

About the Bible

The Bible is verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings.  The Bible is the only infallible and authoritative source on spiritual matters.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17;  2 Peter 1:20-21)    We hold to a literal interpretation of Scripture.  (Genesis 1:5; 7:11-24;  Colossians 1:16;  1 Tim 2:13;  Jonah 1:17;  Matt 12:40;  Matthew 5:17-19).

About the Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The one true God is the One who created everything.  Man was created in the image of God, and is uniquely created to have a relationship with God. This is what sets human life apart for all other forms of life.  (Genesis 1:1, 26-28; Acts 17:23-28).

About God

There is a perfect, infinite, holy, and eternal God who created all things.  He is one in character, yet manifests Himself in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:18-19; John 14:13-20; Acts 5:3-4).

God who is spiritual and invisible, reveals His existence through the creation He has made, the written text of Scripture and through the incarnation of Jesus Christ (John 8:42; Romans 1:18; Hebrews 1:1-2)

About What Happened to Man

Man, created in the image of God, has the ability to choose, and is held accountable for those choices.  Adam chose to disobey God.  Through his sin, Adam along with the entire human race became separated from God.  Man is totally unable by his own effort, to restore his broken relationship with God.  (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God, and became true man through the virgin birth.  Born without a sin nature, and leading a sinless life, Jesus is the only One who is qualified to bear the penalty of sin for all mankind. He did that through His substitutionary death on the cross.   The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the defining event in human history that demonstrates Jesus is both God and man.  (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,14,29; 3:16, 14:1-3; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 10:5, 10-14)

About Salvation

The completed work of Jesus Christ provides the only way for man to be restored back into right relationship with God.  God now offers the gift of salvation, eternal life, to everyone.  Salvation is received by faith, by entrusting ourselves and our eternal destiny to the work of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection.  (John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-28; 5:8-9; 10:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Gal 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, possessing all the distinctly divine attributes.  He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He regenerates, indwells, eternally seals, and baptizes all believers at the moment of salvation.  He sovereignly gives every believer at least one spiritual gift to enable each believer to serve the Lord.  (There are certain sign gifts that God used to authenticate His message during the early church, that are no longer functioning today.)  The believer is commanded to be filled, to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit, in order to be empowered to live out a Christ honoring life.  (John 3:1-8; 16:8-14; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 12:13; 13:8; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 4:10)

About the Christian Life

God invites the believer to enter into His work of restoring His creation back to Himself.  God has laid before us, a path of good works uniquely designed for us to fulfill.  This starts with a heart that is fully devoted to the Lord, and is demonstrated through consistent holy living.   (Matthew 28:18-20; John 15;  Romans 12:1-2;  Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 1:13-16)

About Marriage and Family

God created the marriage relationship.  It is unique to all other human relationships.  One man and one woman are united by God in a lifetime commitment to each other.  This unique relationship allows for that couple to fulfill one of God’s creation mandates, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”  Their lifelong relationship provides the environment to raise children in a loving family environment.  The gift of sexual intimacy is to be enjoyed only within the relationship of marriage, as defined by God.  In every marriage, the reputation of Jesus Christ is represented, because God intends marriage to be a picture of the relationship between Christ and the church (Gen 1:27-28, 2:23-25; Matt 19:4-6; Eph 5:31-33; Prov 5:15-19; 1 Cor 7:1-5; Heb 13:4).

About the Church

The Church (the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ) is made up of all people who have trusted in Christ since the Day of Pentecost, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Believers are to assemble together in local churches to glorify God through teaching, fellowship, worship and prayer.  Worship is expressed through the ordinances of baptism by immersion, the Lord’s Table, through verbal and musical expressions of praise, and through lives lived out as living sacrifices to the Lord.   (Acts 4:42; 8:36-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24; Ephesians 2:20; 4:11-16; 5:23-32; Hebrews 10:23-25; 13:15-17)

Each local church is an autonomous entity, directly accountable to her Head, the Lord Jesus Christ, to represent Him to their local community through relevant evangelism.  (Acts 6:1-5; 13:1-3; Romans 16:5; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5; Revelation 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14)

About the Future

God is currently working through His church, but His unconditional promises to Israel are yet to be fulfilled.  To the church, the Lord promises an imminent return to gather His Bride in the air and we shall forever be with Him.  To Israel, God has promised a time of tribulation followed by His bodily, personal return, to establish His one thousand year reign from Jerusalem over all the earth.  This will be followed by the final judgment of unbelievers, and the establishing of the eternal new heavens and new earth.  (Jeremiah 33:14-22; Matthew 24:4-31; 25:31-46; Romans 11:1, 24-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-15; 21:1-7)