We Believe

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We believe in the one holy and loving God, filled with glory, power and wisdom, who lives in eternal Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God, who created and sustains the physical and spiritual universe, desires a relationship with us.
Ps. 19:1; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 3:16, 17; Rom.8:15-17

2. Creation
We believe that all persons are made in the image of God with a capacity to make moral choices, and given the responsibility to manage creation. God desires all human life to begin in families where a man and a woman are covenanted together under God for life.
Gen. 1:26-30; Ps. 8:4-6; Matt. 19:3-9; Heb. 13:4

3. Sin
We believe that sin is a rejection of God’s rule, beginning with the rebellion of Satan and followed by Adam and Eve’s deliberate choice to disobey God. Because of sin everyone has fallen short of God’s will, creating a conflict with God, self, and others. The penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.
Ezekiel: 28:17; Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23

4. Revelation
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the final authority for faith and life. God’s revelation in the Old Testament through creation and the covenant was a preparation for the supreme revelation in the New Testament through Jesus Christ.
2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Heb. 1:1-3

5. Jesus Christ
We believe in God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully human. He proclaimed the rule of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and reigns as Lord of all.
Luke 1:30-38; Phil. 2:5-11; 2 Cor. 5:21; Matt. 28:5-7

6. Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace, received only through personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believers have forgiveness of sin, salvation from sin, reconciliation with God, and eternal life. Believers have assurance of their salvation as they live in faith and obedience.
Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 10:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; 1 John 5:1-5, 10-13

7. Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit who gives new life to all who have placed their faith in Christ. The Spirit, who indwells believers, continues to comfort, empower, gift, guide, and unite them to fulfill the mission of the church.
Rom. 8:9, 11; John 14:15-17; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; Acts. 1:8

8. Discipleship
We believe that following Jesus as Lord in all of life means that the Christian life is characterized by love integrity, purity, and simplicity. The believer’s commitment to Christ and the global church becomes the standard for discerning the level of participation in society.
John 14:21; 2 Cor. 1:12; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Tim. 6:6-10

9. Church
We believe that the Church is the visible body of believers, the global community of those who have placed their faith in Christ. Members of this body are covenanted together in local congregations and participate in the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Acts 16:30-34; Matt. 26:26-30

10. Peace And Reconciliation
We believe that God offers peace and reconciliation to all humanity through the work of Christ on the cross. Followers of Christ’s law of love affirm the sacredness of life as they make peace in personal, social, and international situations.
Col. 1:18-22; 1 John 4:20-21; Ps. 139:13-16; Matt. 5:9

11. Mission
We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples in all the world by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in evangelism and compassionate ministries.
Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 10:14-15; Luke 10:1-12; Luke 4:18-19

12. Christ’s Final Triumph
We believe in the return and reign of Jesus Christ, the final resurrection, the judgment of the unrighteous in hell and the eternal reward of the righteous in heaven.
1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 11:15; Dan. 12:1-2; 2 Peter 3:10-12