What we believe is important as it shapes how we interact with God and people. Below is a summary of our foundational beliefs:
- GOD is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:1-2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:10-12)
- JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God, the Word made flesh, and equal with the Father. He is the centerpiece of God’s plan for providing salvation to mankind. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, offered up as a sacrifice for man’s sin on the cross, rose to life on the third day, and ascended to Heaven’s glory where He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-4, 53:1-6, 53:12; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14:6-7, 17:1-5; Colossians 1:15-23, 2:9)
- THE HOLY SPIRIT is equal with the Father and the Son as God, and is God’s presence in the world today. His task is to make all people aware of their need for Jesus Christ and to live within those who have trusted in Him. He provides Christians with understanding and discernment of spiritual truth and the power to live within God’s boundaries.
(John 14:26, 15:26; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Titus 3:5-7)
- THE BIBLE is God’s written word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error, and is the primary source for Christian beliefs and guidelines for living. (Psalm 119:89-96, 105; Isaiah 40:8; John 20:31; Ephesians 5:25-27; Heb. 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17)
- HUMAN DESTINY refers to the plan of the Creator in making humans the supreme objects of His creation, and by creating them in His image. As such, we have tremendous potential for good, but have been marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude has separated us from God, breaking the relationship we were created to have with Him.
(Genesis 1:26-28, 3:22-23, 5:1; Psalm 8:3-8; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:10-12, 23; Romans 5:12, 6:23)
- SALVATION is the restoration of relationship between God and Man, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is a gift from God to us, and is something that we could never have attained through self-improvement or good works. Salvation is granted to those who have acknowledged their total dependence on the work of Jesus Christ, and have given their lives to Him in faith.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, 13-18; Romans 10:9-11; Colossians 1:19-23; Titus 2:11-14; Titus 3:4-7)
- ETERNAL SECURITY is the confidence that once the relationship between God and an individual has been restored through Jesus Christ, that it will never again be broken. This confidence is based on the incomparable power and strength of Jesus Christ to maintain that connection and not let anything separate the believer from God’s love.
(John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:28-39; 2 Tim. 1:10-12; Heb. 7:25; I Peter 1:3-5)
- ETERNITY has been set in the hearts of men by God. He created our souls to live forever, and following our physical death, we will either be eternally separated from Him in Hell or eternally present with Him in Heaven. The difference between destinations is the personal choice we make while alive to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:11-15)