Why We Believe What We Believe
Watch our Essential Christianity video series. This nine part series provides teaching from the Bible on each one of our core beliefs detailing why we believe what we believe.
What We Believe:
We worship One God who has revealed Himself to be three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is fully God and fully man. Because of His great love for us, we love, serve, and worship Him. It is through His death on the cross that we are able to enter into a relationship with God, having confidence that He has taken away all of our sin, and made us completely righteous before Him. After rising from the grave and ascending into heaven, Jesus is now sitting down at God’s right hand, interceding on our behalf. We patiently await His return from heaven when He will gather together all who have ever believed in Him to be with Him forever in His kingdom.
About the Holy Spirit
The third Person of our triune God is the Holy Spirit. He is present and active today, convicting and converting those who do not know Jesus, and comforting and strengthening those who do. It is He who reveals and glorifies Jesus Christ through the reading and preaching of the Word of God.
About the Bible
The Bible is absolutely perfect. Though written down by men, it is entirely the Word of God given by the Holy Spirit and therefore completely trustworthy. In it, God reveals Himself and His plan to save people from their sins. The Bible is the means by which God speaks to us today. It is completely sufficient for leading unbelievers to Christ, and for teaching and training us in our walk with the Lord.
About personal salvation
God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that any person who believes on Him would not perish but have eternal life. All who believe on Him are born-again by His Spirit, which makes them children of God. Having purchased them with His own blood, God is forever invested in His children, and is dedicated to their personal sanctification. Those who come to God through faith in Jesus Christ can have absolute assurance that God will never leave or forsake them; their salvation is secure. Those who refuse to come to Him will not be given eternal life but will experience eternal, conscious punishment.
About the church
All those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ belong to the global Church–the body of Christ. God Himself lives and dwells among His children. The local church is made up of Christians who gather together regularly to worship Jesus Christ and build each other up in faith, actively serving one another with the gifts which the Holy Spirit supplies. Because the gospel is the power of God for salvation, the church is eager to see it distributed in a variety of ways locally, as well as by sending out and supporting those whom God is leading to take the Good News of Jesus Christ all around the world. The church is equipped for ministry through the leading of pastors, elders, and deacons whose qualifications are defined in the Scriptures.
About church ordinances
Jesus gave the Church two ordinances to keep: baptism and communion. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to display their faith in Jesus. The entire act illustrates that we have died to sin and have been raised to a new life in Christ. Baptism is not required for salvation, for fellowship, or for membership in the church. Likewise, communion is not limited to members of our church, but is for all who believe in Jesus. In drinking of the cup and eating of the bread, we remember the body and blood of Jesus Christ which was given for us.
Statement of Faith
Our detailed statement of faith with Biblical references:
1. We believe in One God existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 10:10, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, Matthew 28:18-20, John 14:6, II Corinthians 13:14). The Father sent the Son (I John 4:9, 10, 14); the Son came as the willing sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:5-10) and the Holy Spirit was the means through which the Son offered Himself (Hebrews 9:14).
2. We believe the person of Jesus Christ is both true God and true man (John 1:1-4, 14; Galatians 4:4). His death on the cross was sacrificial and substitutionary (Hebrews 9:22-28; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 1:4). His resurrection from among the dead was literal (I Corinthians 15:3-7; Luke 24:1-8). He bodily ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50,51; Acts 1:9-11). He is presently and continuously interceding for us at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24). His personal coming is imminent (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51,52; I Thessalonians 4:14-18). He will personally return to the earth to set up His kingdom (Acts 2:29-36; Isaiah 11:1-16).
3. We believe in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, Who alone reveals Jesus Christ through the Word of God, convicting and converting sinners and comforting and instructing saints (Acts 1:8; John 16:7-11; 14:17, 19, 26, 27; 15:26; Romans 15:13; John 3:5,6).
4. We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Bible. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21). We believe that the Bible is God’s message to man, disclosing the way of salvation (Romans 1:16); and that it is a sufficient rule of life for the saved (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Corinthians 15:1, 2).
5. We believe that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God (John 1:12,13; 3:14-18; Acts 13:38,39; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:2-10; II Timothy 1:12; I John 5:11-13). This same group of people are called the saved (Romans 10:9,13; Titus 3:5); which designation indicates their eternal preservation and everlasting blessedness. We further believe those who are not saved are lost and doomed to everlasting and conscious punishment (Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:15; Job 21:30).
6. We believe that a local church is a fellowship of believers around the person of Jesus Christ, observing His ordinances, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officers are pastors, elders, and deacons whose qualifications are clearly defined in Scripture. We hold that the local church has absolute right to self-government, to property, in all matters pertaining to fellowship with other churches, membership, government, discipline, and missionary giving (Acts 15:13-18; Colossians 1:18).
7. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism shall not become the grounds of fellowship or requirement for church membership but the individual’s responsibility and privilege before God (Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41,42).
8. Parents may present their children for dedication by arranging beforehand with the pastor for such ministry.
9. All believers “who love our Lord in sincerity,” whether in fellowship with the church locally or not, shall have the privilege of sharing at the Lord’s Table (I Corinthians 11:23-28; Acts 2:42).