Our Faith Statement (what we believe)

In essential beliefs (clear teachings of scripture) - we have unity

"There is one body; and one Spirit . . . One Lord, one faith, one baptism." 

Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs (preferences/scruples) - we have liberty

"Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.  Who art thou that judgest another man's servant?  To his own master he standeth or falleth.  Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  Hast thou faith?  Have it to thyself before God.  Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth." 

Romans 14:1,4,12,22

In all our beliefs - we show love

  "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing."   

1 Corinthians 13:2

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; 2 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(s) when he is saved.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

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.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160,12:6; Proverbs 30:5

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, including spiritual death.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2

6.  About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift which must be accepted by faith.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offering for our sin can forgiveness and salvation be attained.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith are we saved.  Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

7.  About Eternal Security (Perseverance)

Because God gives us 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 self-effort of the Christian.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us ability to persevere.

John 10:29; Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 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 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9