Our Faith

What we believe...                                                                                                                                         

God desires us to have an intimate relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  We believe God is not impressed with our focus on "religion", instead He is more concerned with our personal relationship with Him. 


We believe these are the essential foundation blocks for His Church Body:

The Bible - It is the inspired Word of God.  It is complete and true.  2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."

God - There is one and only one living and true God.  He is the Creator of all, has existed and always will, and rules over all.  God reveals Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."   Psalm 90:2 "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."

Jesus - He is God's Son.  He has existed always, but lived on earth as a man.  After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for every human being by dying on the cross.  He arose from the grave after three days, having defeated death and ascended to Heaven and will return one day to reign as King.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."   Colossians 1:15 "Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.  He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation."

The Holy Spirit - He works to bring all people to understand their need for Jesus Christ.  He lives in every believer the moment they accept Jesus Christ as Savior.  He never leaves the believer, but to experience His Power in our lives we must be obedient to His direction.  Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins.  Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Salvation - Is through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and what He did for me by sacrificing His perfect life on my behalf, a sinner.  I can never earn my salvation because it is not what I did, but what Jesus did.  It is a gift, but I must accept it.  Romans 10:9 "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." 

The Church - the Bible tells us the Church is the body of Christ in the world today.  Its main purpose is to reach people for Jesus Christ and to disciple believers in their daily lives.  1 Corinthians 12:12-13 "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." 

Communion - we believe that the Lord's Supper as observed in our church, symbolizes the Lord's death and is open to all who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior.  1 Corinthians 11:26 "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes."  See 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 for further details.

Baptism - we believe that baptism is a symbol of the believer's identification with Christ in His burial and resurrection therefore profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is a prerequisite to baptism.  (Romans 6:4-5)  We believe that the only Scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion in water.  Romans 6:4-5 "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

 

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