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Our Beliefs

Our Core Beliefs are intended to be a basis of united fellowship. There will always be peripheral doctrines that committed Christians disagree upon, are negotiable, but the core beliefs of Christianity are non-negotiable. Below is a list of our core beliefs.

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God

There is one True Triune God

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

The Holy Spirit

The Fall of Man

The Salvation of Man

The Ordinances of the Church

The Church and Its Mission

The Final Judgment

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God

The Bible, both Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is without error and infallible in the original writings, and is the final authoritative rule of faith (doctrine) and conduct (practice) for mankind. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:21)

There is one True Triune God

God is called many different names in the Bible, mainly because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (John 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent; He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1 & 2). While God is indeed one, He exists in three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit; each having the same nature and attributes, but each with distinct office and activities (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead or Trinity, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1,2, 14, 18), who became man without ceasing to be God. The Scripture declares His virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:4-5); His affirming miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:37-38); His accomplished work of redemption through His substitutionary death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 15:4; 1 Peter 2:24); His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; Philippians 2:9-11).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead or Trinity. The Scripture declares His work of convicting man of sin (John 16:7-11) and retraining evil in the world (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8). He regenerates those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:5-7), baptizes them into the Church (1 Corinthians 12:13) the Body of Christ; He indwells them permanently (John 14:16-17), sealing them unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30); He bestows spiritual gifts on each one which are to be exercised for the building up of the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11), and fills those yielding to Him (Ephesians 5:18) whereby they in turn yield fruit manifesting a Christ-like character (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Fall of Man

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by Satan's tempting and a voluntary act of will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first act of disobedience, sin, had several consequences. Man was removed from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced on creation and man (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). This spiritual death as a result of sin, separated all mankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a sinful or depraved condition (Romans 3:23).

The Salvation of Man

By God's sovereign gift of His Son (John 3:16), Jesus is the only means of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin (1 Peter 2:24). He offers man a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12). Being made right before Holy God by grace through faith apart from works (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10). For all who have sincerely trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior are saved and kept securely in Jesus Christ forever (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; Philippians 1:6; Jude 24).

The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are made into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

The Ordinances of the Church

Jesus instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper, both of which are to be observed by His followers until He returns (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Water Baptism: The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. It also declares 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 table consists of two elements, the bread and the cup. These elements symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-28). Communion is a memorial of Christ's sufferings on the cross, a celebration of our salvation (1 Corinthians 11:24-25) and His promised return (Matthew 26:29; 1 Corinthians 11:26). Participation is for every follower of Jesus Christ, a right they have and should exercise only after solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).

The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the body of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three fold purpose: To proclaim the Good News of the Gospel (evangelize) to all peoples (Mark 16:15-16), to embrace God is worship (1 Corinthians 12:13), and to equip Christ's followers for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12).

The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which all will be resurrected and judged according to their works (Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 2:1-9). All whose name isn't written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Revelations 20:11-15). Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their faithful service (1 Corinthians 4:5).

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