What We Believe

About the Bible:  We believe that the Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit guided the authors of the Bible in their writing, the Bible contains the true and accurate account of the nature of God and mankind, and is trustworthy as the final and sufficient authority for Christian beliefs and livingPsalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The TrinityWe believe in the one living and true God, eternally existing in perfect unity as three equally and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one God, the same in substance, and co-equal in power, glory, and honor.  Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19-20; John 4:24; John 17:3; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6; Revelation 22:13

God the Father:  We believe that God the Father created all things for His glory according to His own will. He created people in His image to be in relationship with Him. He upholds all things by His power and grace, exercising sovereign headship over all creationColossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 4:11

Jesus the SonWe believe Jesus, God the Son, humbled himself, became a man, entered our broken world and lived a sinless life. He suffered and died on a cross to pay the price for our sins. God the Father brought Jesus back to life again, defeating death, after which Jesus returned to his Father in heaven. Through his death and resurrection He paid the penalty for our sins, so we can have a restored relationship with God, have the hope of a better life in this world, and the hope of eternal life with GodIsaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4;1 Timothy 6:14-15

The Holy SpiritWe believe that God the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to convince us of our need for salvation. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we recognize that Jesus is the Son of God and the way to new life. The Holy Spirit works within to regenerate, sanctify, and empower those who believe in Jesus as their savior. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and is a teacher, helper, and guide, equipping us to live lives of worship and service through a variety of gifts.   John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18

SalvationWe believe that people were created good by God and in His own image to display His glory and to be in relationship with Him. This relationship was broken when mankind sinned and was separated from God, resulting in physical, spiritual, and eternal death for all. Therefore, all people sin, by nature and by choice. Sin is punishable by God’s just condemnation. People can only be delivered from this condemnation through the power of the Holy Spirit and faith in Jesus Christ. Only through repentant faith in Jesus Christ are we saved from our sin, restored to relationship with God through the work of the Holy Spirit, and able to have a true understanding of God.  Genesis 1:27-31; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-6; John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

The ChurchWe believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, the one universal Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head. The Bible commands believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, the sacraments of baptism and communion, service to the local church through the development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to the world to make more and better disciples.  Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26

About EternityWe believe that people are created to live 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; Romans 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15