As a church we want to clearly state what we believe and stand behind it. While understand that people may differ on some beliefs, we all have core beliefs that we would die for. We focus more on the beliefs that would unite us than those that might divide us. These are our core beliefs--about God, people, the church, the Bible, and the return of Christ. They are the foundation of our faith. This is what we believe.
We believe the God of the Bible is the only true God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 8:6, Deut. 6:4)
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death on the cross that paid the price for human sin, His bodily resurrection, His ascension and His return to earth.
(Jn. 1:1, Jn. 14:6, Lk. 1:31, 35, 1 Cor. 15:3-5, 2 Cor. 5:21)
We believe the Holy Spirit is present in the world to make humanity 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 to do what is right. He provides spiritual gifts that enable believers to accomplish the purposes of God as we yield our life to Him. (Jn. 14:16-17, 26, Gal. 4:6)
We believe that Adam and Eve, our first parents, were created by an immediate act of God. In their original state they enjoyed sweet fellowship with God. The purpose of their creation was to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Having been created in the likeness of God, human beings possess self-conscious personality capable of free and rational choice.
(Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 5:1-2)
We believe Adam and Eve did not remain in the happy state of their original creation because they were deluded through the subtlety of satan and voluntarily disobeyed the positive command of God. They became alienated from God and incurred upon themselves a sentence of death, both physical and spiritual. In consequence of this act of disobedience, the entire human race has become corrupted. In every human heart there is an evil disposition, which eventually leads to acts of sin and to condemnation. All people are guilty of sin and need God's forgiveness. (Gen. 3, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12)
We believe a right relationship with God is available to anyone through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who confess and turn from their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ, will be saved by God's grace and become Children of God with the promise of eternal life. (Jn. 3:16, Jn 3:36, Rom. 6:23)
We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and is the unchanging authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21)
We believe Christ is the Head of the Church. The Church is composed of "Christ followers" who seek to bring glory to God and is God's primary way of accomplishing His purposes on earth. (Heb. 10:23-25, Matt. 28:18-20, Eph. 1:21-23, Eph. 2:19-20, Col. 1:18)
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe that Jesus is coming again in bodily form, to rule and judge the world. (1 Thess. 4:16-17, Jn. 14:3, Mk. 13:32, Heb. 9:28, Rev. 22:12)