What Do We Believe?
WHO IS GOd?
- God is Triune
We believe that there is only one true God, who has eternally exists as three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Triune God performs distinct and harmonious roles in the work of creation, redemption of man and his subsequent relationship with God, and judgment of man. The three persons of the Trinity are co-eternal and infinite in being, absolute in power, perfect in holiness, truth, and love and thus equally worthy of worship, confidence and obedience. The Triune God is spirit and personal. (Genesis 1:1, John 1:3, 1:14, 4:24, Mark 12:29, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:18-19)
- God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity, and one in essence with the Son and Spirit. He is an infinite, personal spirit, who is perfect in all His attributes. He is the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things through his Son, Jesus Christ. He has ordained all of the events of human history and perfectly foreknows everything that shall come to pass. He is the one who sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem man from sin and death through His death on the cross. (Isaiah 53:10, Ephesians 1:3-6, John 3:16, Matthew 6:9)
- God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, the only Eternal Son of God, who entered the human race after being conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe He was born of the virgin Mary, yet still remained fully God, that He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily fulfilled the will of God by laying down His life as a substitute and atoning for the sin of humanity. His sacrifice satisfied Divine justice and achieved salvation for all who place their trust in Him. He was raised from the dead by God, ascended to heaven and exalted to the right hand of God where He is currently interceding for His own, awaiting His return to consummate God's kingdom and redemptive plan. (John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1 Peter 1:3-5)
- God the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is present in the world to bring conviction of sin and make man aware of his need for salvation. He is responsible for the regeneration, sanctification and preservation of the saints. We believe that He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. (John 14:16-26, 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:9)
who are we?
- Man created in God's image
We believe that man, both male and female, have been distinctly created in the image and likeness of God, as the apex of His creation so that they might enjoy fellowship with Him. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 2:18-24)
What's our problem?
We believe that man fell from his original condition because of Adam’s sin. As a result, all of humanity, with the exception of Jesus, would inherit a sin nature, be born with a heart that is rebellious against God, and become totally depraved and unable in himself to remedy his lost condition. Man's condition and inability to make himself right before God places him directly under the wrath, condemnation, and righteous judgment of God. (Genesis 3:1-24, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:22-23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
what's our solution?
We believe that salvation is a free gift from God that is given freely by His grace and received through faith in the accomplished work of Jesus Christ apart from any human merit or deed. We believe that all who repent of sin and receive the risen Jesus as Lord, by grace through faith, are spiritually born into permanent membership in the family of God. (Romans 5:1, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9)
what are we saved into?
- The Church
We believe that there is only one true Church, the spiritual body and bride of Christ. The Church consists of all people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, with Jesus serving as the Head. The Church functions through local churches where all Christians can come together to worship, pray, teach God's word, fellowship, service to the rest of the body, outreach the lost, and observe the two sacraments Jesus instituted: Baptism and Communion. (Ephesians 5:25-27, Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 2 Corinthians 11:2)
who is our enemy?
We believe there is a spiritual being whose name is Satan, also referred to as the devil. He was the crown jewel of God's angelic creation until his own pride and ambition to become God caused him to convince many other holy angels to join his rebellion to overthrow God. He is now the unholy ruler of this world, father of lies, deceiver and tempter of man, author of every false religion, and leader over the powers of darkness and evil. He is destined to be overthrown, defeated, and cast into the eternal punishment by Jesus. (1 Peter 5:8, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:13-14, Ephesians 2:1-3, Revelation 12:10, 20:10)
what does the future hold?
- The Last Things
We believe that Jesus will literally, personally, and visibly return to earth to purge the earth of sin, destroy evil, judge unbelieving man for his sin, consummate His marriage to His bride, the Church, and consummate His kingdom. We believe the return of Jesus is the blessed hope of the believer, the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Luke 16:19-26, Revelation 20:4-6, 20:11-15, Titus 2:13, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 4:15, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12)
How do we know these things?
- The Holy Scriptures
We believe that 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and useful "for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." The Scriptures in the original language are without error and therefore serve as the final authority for everything relating to faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12)
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