What We Believe
Creation . Redemption . Restoration .
We believe in the one, true, holy God. He has existed for all eternity and will continue for the rest of eternity. He is all knowing and all powerful and has made Himself known in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
He is the creator and sustainer of the universe and because of this, He receives glory from all of creation. God also exists outside of time; therefore nothing that happens in the world takes Him by surprise. He is a loving Father who wants nothing but the best for all of His creation.
We believe that Jesus Christ is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, which means that He has existed within the Trinity eternally past and will continue into the future. Jesus came to earth as a payment for the sin of man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a brutal death on the cross, and was bodily raised from the grave three days later. He is now at the right hand of God, is the head of the New Testament church and mediator between God and man.
Along with the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit has existed since before time. At salvation the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of people to the goodness of God and their need for saving from their sin. He then indwells Christians and acts as a seal, or guarantee of eternity at peace with God. He also acts as a teacher to guide Christians as they study the Bible and grow in their knowledge of God.
Humanity is at the center of God’s good creation. We were made in the image of God and given the command to take care of God’s creation and build upon it with all the creativity and love that God possesses. We were at total peace with God and creation until Adam and Eve rebelled, causing a fracture in humanity’s peace with God, nature, and himself. Because of this, humanity is broken and lives with a sin nature, meaning given the choice between peace with God and sin, humanity will always choose sin. This reveals the need of restoration with God, through Jesus Christ, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
God’s plan has always centered on peace with man through Jesus Christ. In the moments after their great rebellion, God promised Adam and Eve that he would make a way back to peace with Him. That hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ. His sinless life and subsequent death act as a payment for sin for all who put their faith in Christ. We believe that this is the only way to peace with God and that Jesus atoning sacrifice justifies believers in the sight of God.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world. Through it we learn about all that we need for Godly living and righteousness.
Jesus instituted the church to proclaim the message of the gospel of Jesus and to work in the world to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this by verbally telling people about the gospel and showing them the love of God by serving those around us.
We also celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus by partaking in the Lord’s Supper. This act is done to remember what Christ did and to look forward to His return.
We also celebrate new believers in baptism by immersion. This is a symbolic act that does not save anyone in an of itself, but symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Matthew 16:15-19; Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; Acts 5:11-14; Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:23,27; Acts 15:1-30; Acts 16:5; Acts 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 5:4-5; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14; 1 Corinthians 12;Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 3:8-11,21; Ephesians 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; Revelation 21:2-3