What We Believe

The Trinity

We believe in one living God who has complete power and is wise, good and pure. We believe He is loving, forgiving and faithful. We believe God created all things. We believe this one God has three expressions: The Father (God), The Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-2; 4:24; 5:18; 10:30)

The Son

We believe Jesus Christ was God's only son born of the Virgin Mary. We believe Jesus was fully man and fully God. We believe He lived on Earth and was crucified as a sacrifice for the sins of all people. We believe Christ rose from the dead, went to Heaven and now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father. (Matthew 28:5-9; Luke 24:4-7)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who lives within us, giving us power to live a holy life and guiding us to truth. (Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6)

The Bible

We believe the Bible is inspired and without error or failure of basic contents and meaning in the original manuscripts. We believe the Bible contains all the necessary truth to lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 19:7; John 17:17; Romans 15:4;
I Thessalonians 2:13; II Thessalonians 3:15-17)

Man

We believe men and women were created by God in his own image (Genesis 1:27), but because of disobedience and a corrupt nature, they are inclined to do wrong. (Genesis 3:6; 6:5; Romans 5:12) Man is not capable of achieving a life without sin on his own. (Proverbs 20:9; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16) Because men and women were created by God, they have a "God likeness" which includes knowledge between right and wrong, the ability to choose which course they will take, and the responsibility for their actions and choices. (Joshua 24:15; I Kings 20:40; John 7:17)

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all people. Christ died on the cross to mend the broken relationship which was caused by man's sin of disobedience. Three days after His death, He rose victorious over death, providing atonement for eternal life. (John 1:29; 3:6; I Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:2; I Peter 1:19)

We believe when people confess their sin to God and change the direction of their life, they are forgiven and become members of God's family.

What about sin committed after salvation? We believe that after we have been forgiven it is still possible to sin, for in this life there is no level of holiness (purity) from which it is impossible to fall. By the grace of a loving God, one who has fallen into sin may, by confession and repentance, find forgiveness and restored fellowship with God. (Matthew 18:21-22; I John 1:9; 2:1, 24-25)

Good Works

We believe that even though we cannot earn God's favor by good works, they are still pleasing to God and show evidence of true faith in God, and Jesus as Lord of their life. (Matthew 5:16; 7:16-20; Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; James 2:18, 22)

Gifts of God

We believe that the Holy Spirit has spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity (I Corinthians 12:4, 11, 18, 21-25; Ephesians 4:11-16)

Pure Lives

We believe that after accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, there begins the process of God's Spirit purifying our lives. This work begins at the point of salvation and continues throughout life. We reach a point when we understand that it is not enough to just to be "saved", but we must be completely committed to Christ for all areas of our lives. This is the point when the believer determines not to live for selfish desires, but to live totally for God and His purposes. At this point, the believer is empowered by the Holy Spirit, making us able to live Christ-like lives. This does not mean perfection of the believer, but purity of heart, mind and will. (Deuteronomy 30:6; Luke 1:74-75; Acts 15:8-9; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:13, 24; I Thessalonians 4:3, 7; James 4:8)

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive His believers into heaven and eternal life. The time of His return is unknown, but may be at any moment. This is the glorious hope of all God's children. (John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:7-8; Revelation 22:12, 20)