What we believeA new church can be intimidating. You never know what you are getting into. We get that. That’s why we are here. We exist to help people connect with God. It’s really that simple.
Statement of belief
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.”
The Bible is Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).
Mankind’s Fall and Redemption
Mankind was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Mankind, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Ro. 5:12-21).
The Salvation of Mankind:
Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Ro. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Ro. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life being molded into the image of Jesus both in holiness and service to each other. (1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim.1:9,Mark 9:35).
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed in Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Ro. 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread, and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes” (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).
The Promise of the Father
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (I Thess. 2:4)
We have all been called to be ministers of reconciling people back to God. (2 Corinth. 5:18) We all are ministers of the good news of Jesus through the giftings and simple service of others. (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11,1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
Healing and Freedom
The Greek word for Salvation is Sozo. Through Jesus, we have been delivered from satanic oppression, sickness, and brokenness from past hurts and wounds. (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 16:18; Ps 34:18,Luke 4:18,James 4:7,2 Corinth 10:3-5).
The Coming of Jesus
The resurrection to life of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive, is near and is the blessed hope of the church. (1 Thess. 4:16; Ro. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
We were created to live forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. (John 3:16, Matthew 25:31-34, Rev. 20:10-15).
The New Heavens and New Earth
As promised in the Scriptures, we look for a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness dwells. As followers of Jesus we will dwell together with God forever. (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21: l).