What We Believe

THE BIBLE:
The Bible is God’s message to the world. It contains everything we need to know about who God is and how to live a God-pleasing life. God speaks to us through the Bible and it imparts life to us through its powerful message. It is true. It is accurate. It is relevant.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Samuel 23:2, Hebrews 4:12, John 6:63, Psalm 119:28

GOD:
There is one God, limitless in power and wisdom, Creator of the universe and everything in it, and perfect in all His ways. Though God is in many ways beyond comprehension, God has also made Himself known in ways we are able to understand, primarily and finally through His Son Jesus.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:1, Jeremiah 32:17, Romans 11:33, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; Hebrews 1:1-2

JESUS CHRIST:
Jesus Christ is God’s unique Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, equal with the Father in power and perfection. He lived a perfect and sinless life, was crucified for our sins, rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven – we await His return. By His sacrifice we are enabled to live. By His example, we are shown how to live. By His teachings we are taught what it is to live.
Luke 1:35, John 1:34, Luke 9:22, Matthew 26:64, 1 Peter 3:18, Isaiah 53:4-6, Acts 1:9-11, John 14:3

THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit is God, co-equal with the Father and the Son, glorious, powerful, personal. The Spirit is our Comforter and Helper. He lives inside of us, guides us, teaches us, empowers us, and renews us. The Spirit gives us power to live above sin and to be God’s representatives on the earth.
Genesis 1:2, John 14:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 3:16, Acts 1:8, John 16:13-14

MANKIND:
Mankind is the crown of all God’s creation, made to be like God. However, through injustice, disobedience and selfishness (which we call ‘sin’), mankind lost that connection with God. Man remains in a state of disconnectedness from God until redemption in Jesus Christ is embraced.
Gen. 1:26-27, Psa. 8:3-6, Isa. 59:1-2, Rom. 3:23-24

REDEMPTION (SALVATION):
We all, because of sin, have lost our vital connection to God. We’ve sold ourselves out for momentary pleasures and ended up as slaves. God, in his infinite mercy, sent us a Savior—his Son Jesus—to pay the price for our freedom. By his death on the cross, Jesus has removed everything that kept us apart from God. Through faith in Jesus we are forgiven and cleansed, made a child of God and an heir of eternal life.
John 3:16, Rom. 3:23-24, Rom. 5:1, Eph. 2:4-5, Col. 1:19-23

BAPTISM & COMMUNION:
The Lord Jesus left us two ordinances, or customs, to follow: Water Baptism and Communion. We practice full-immersion baptism in the name of the Lord. Baptism should be completed as early in the Christian life as possible, and represents both symbolically and spiritually a dying to our old life, and rising to our new life in Christ. Through water baptism we declare to the Lord, and to all present, that we have repented of our old sinful ways, and we are choosing instead to follow Jesus and His teachings.
Acts 2:38, Matt. 28:18-19, Rom. 6:4

Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a memorial meal to “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” Through communion we corporately reflect on the meaning of the cross and the depth of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. It is meant to be a solemn time, full of prayer and worshipful contemplation of the great grace of God.
Matt. 26:26-29, 1 Cor. 11:23-26, Acts 2:42

HOLINESS:
Every believer is called to live a life totally set apart for God. “We are not our own,” the bible tells us, and if we claim to belong to Jesus, then we ought to “walk in the same way He walked.” Freedom from the controlling power of sin, the practice of self-denial, and obedience to Christ in all things – this is the Christian way. The experience of holiness requires total surrender to His will, faith in the powerful working of God, and a moment-by-moment abiding in Him.
2 Cor. 7:1, 1 Thess. 5:23, Titus 2:11-14, John 15:1-6, Colossians 3:5-10, John 2:1-6

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
When a believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit, the floodgates of heaven are opened and they experience an overwhelming “immersion” in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This outpouring results in a release of supernatural power in the life of the believer in the bestowment of various gifts of the Spirit, most notably the gift of “speaking in other tongues.” This power aids the believer in living a holy life and in proclaiming the Gospel to all the world. Every believer should earnestly seek this experience.
Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 19:1-7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

MIRACLES:
We believe in miracles. We believe God does things that cannot be explained. We believe God heals sick bodies and troubled minds and that by His power a life can radically change in an instant. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The Bible is full of stories in which God steps into impossible situations, and shows that His power and ability are unlimited and unstoppable.
Exodus 15:11, Psalm 77:13-14, Psalm 72:18, Acts 10:38, Acts 5:12, Matthew 19:26, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Hebrews 2:4, Mark 16:17-18

THE FUTURE:
Jesus Christ will return again to judge the earth. Those who have served Him will be rewarded with eternal life, and those who have rejected Him will be punished with eternal fire. No one knows the day or hour of His return, so we are commanded to expect Him at all times and to be always ready.
Acts 1:10-11, John 14:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, James 5:7-8, 1 John 2:28