Community We are a close community of believers who have found strength and meaning through our devoted relationships with Christ and each other.
Worship We are passionate and unashamed about Jesus and daily express our need for Him through our thanks and praise for what He has done in our lives.
Teaching We hunger daily for deeper understanding of God by teaching and engaging each other with the transforming power of the truth of His Word.
Mission We take the purpose and fulfillment we have found as believers to daily affect the world around us with the positive message of Jesus Christ.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH What We Believe
In Essential Beliefs - We Have Unity. "there is one Body and one Spirit . . . there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all . . ." Ephesians 4:4-6
In Non-Essential Beliefs - We Have Liberty. "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters . . . Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls . . . So then each of us will give an account of himself to God . . . So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
In All Our Beliefs - We Show Charity. ". . . If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Phillips Translation)
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
1. ABOUT GOD
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14.
2. ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
3. ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we see to live under His control daily.
4. ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
6. ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation is God's free gift to us we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 5:1, ; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
7. ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews , , 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
8. ABOUT ETERNITY
People were created to exist 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. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John , , -13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8
9. ABOUT BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
We believe that scriptural baptism must be: 1) by being completely immersed under the water and 2) after salvation. Jesus was immersed and all baptisms in the New Testament were by immersion. These two facts set the standard for baptism today. Baptism has no saving power but is the first act of obedience symbolizing (1) the believer's faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, (2) the believer's death to sin and resurrection to walk anew in Christ, and (3) the Christian's belief that he will die, be buried, and that Jesus will resurrect him from the dead.
Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts , -39, -33; Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:12
10. ABOUT THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers remember the death of the Lord Jesus and anticipate His second coming. The bread is symbol of His body and the juice represents His blood.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians , -29
11. ABOUT THE CHURCH
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus. A local church is to observe the two ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The church should exercise their God-given gifts and extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church is an autonomous body serving under the Lordship of Christ. All members are equally responsible as they serve with the scriptural officers of the church, the pastors and deacons.