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BELIEFS

What we believe about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

Our Beliefs

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. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. (Genesis 1:126-27Genesis 3:22Psalm 90:2Matthew 28:19)

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the 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 1:22-23John 1:1-5John 14:10-31Romans 1:4)

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 provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17John 16:7-13Ephesians 5:18John 14:17)

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 God inspires it, it is the truth without error. The Bible was not written only to educate us, but to change our lives. (Psalms 119:19II Timothy 3:16)

ETERNITY

People were created as eternal beings. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16Romans 6:23Romans 8:17-18Revelation 20:15)

WATER BAPTISM

The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

COMMUNION

The Lord's Supper consists of two elements: the bread and the cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ's sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. (Mark 14:24Luke 22:19-20)

DIVINE HEALING

Healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the inheritance of every believer of the Church. (Mark 16:18James 5:14-15I Peter 2:24Matthew 8:17Isaiah 53:4, 5)

MEMBERSHIP

All believers are members of the Church. As members of this local congregation, they are given into the care and oversight of the leadership which must give an account to God for their souls. This church is owned by the Lord Jesus Christ who has entrusted their care to the leadership He has raised up here. (Acts 20:28-31II Peter 2:1-3Romans 16:17)

MARRIAGE, GENDER, and SEXUALITY

God created and sanctioned marriage to bring together men and women, the complementary halves of humanity, by joining them in “one-flesh” unions. (Gen 2:18-25) Marriage between one man and one woman for life uniquely reflects Christ's relationship with His Church. (Eph 5:21-33)

Gender, likewise, matters. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27)

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalms 139)

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

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