We Believe

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Bible

The Bible, including every book in the Old and New Testaments, is the true written message of God to us. We believe the authors of the Bible were inspired by God and are therefore completely trustworthy. The Bible is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks.  Its story tells us who God is, what He has done for us, and His desires for us throughout all ages. 

[Ps:19:7-11, Ps:119:105, 2Tim:3:16-17, 2Pet:1:20-21]

The Bible is central to our relationship with God and each other.  While there are some areas where sincere Christians agree to disagree [Rom:14:1-15:7, 2Timothy: 2:23-24, Titus:3:9], the Bible makes clear that certain truths are essential convictions of the Christian faith.

God

There is one God, who exists forever in perfect community as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God created the universe by His power and word.  God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever present.  He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.  The Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him Jesus was sent and from Them the Spirit works in and through us.  Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was born of a virgin, died on a cross for the sins of man, rose from death, and ascended into heaven.  He is head of the Church and is interceding for believers, and He will return again in body to reign over a new heaven and earth. The Holy Spirit convicts the world, and lives in, empowers, and encourages the believers in Christ. [Gen. 1; Deut. 6:4; Mt. 1:18-25; John:1:14, 8:40,58, 11:33, 16:8-14; Acts:1:9-11, 2:38-39; Rom:5:8-10, 8:26; Eph:5:18Phil:2:5-11 ; Col:1:15-17; Heb:1:8]

Humanity and God’s Grace

Humans are created in the image of God, but like Adam and Eve, each of us has chosen to live independent of God’s leading and authority , choosing to follow our own path in life.  Living apart from God leads to death and eternal separation from Him.  God, in His love, has always extended a choice for redemption and forgiveness.  It is not earned by our good deeds but is made available by His sheer grace.  His mercy is extended to us from the cross and a promise that all who believe in that work will enjoy and live in relationship with Him and all who believe forever. [Gen:1:26; Rom. 3, 5:12-19; Eph:2:1-3, 4:18-19]

Church

The Church is a local body of believers who have agreed to regularly meet together to love and serve each other, reach out to their community, worship Jesus, and live with Him at the center of their lives in all things.  The Church celebrates two special rites: Baptism and the Communion.  Baptism symbolize s Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and the new life we have in Him.  Communion is a reminder of Christ’s death and looks forward to His return.  [Mt. 3:13-17, 26:26-29, Rom:6:3-5; 1Cor. 11:23-34 12:12-14 ; Eph:1:22-23]