Belief Statement

The Bible  

The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God to all men (2 Timothy 3:16). It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. 

God  

There is one God, Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). He has eternally existed in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). 

Jesus Christ 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:22-23). Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross (Hebrews 4:14-15). He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Acts 1:9-11; Revelations 19:11-16).

The Holy Spirit

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict persons of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service (John 16:7-13). The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make persons aware of their need for Jesus Christ (John 16:7-13).   The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right (Acts 1:8; John 16:7-13)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit gives gifts to equip the believer for works of service. Every recipient of the Holy Spirit is given a manifestation of the Spirit. Every believer without exception is gifted in some manner by the Spirit for Christian service. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:11)

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to humanity (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe (Hebrews 10:1-11; Romans 10:8-9).  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can humanity be saved from sin's penalty (Hebrews 7:25).  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian (Titus 3:4-5). 

The Lord's Return

We believe in the return of Jesus Christ (Revelations 19:11-21).  The true church will soon be raptured out, the world will be engulfed in the great tribulation, the Lord will return to raise and judge the wicked (Revelations 20:11-15), the wicked consigned to the lake of fired forever (Revelations 20:14-15, 21:27), and the saved to reign in the new earth with the Lord forever (Revelations 21:1-7, 22-27)

Baptism

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (Colossians 2:9-12; Acts 2:41).  It is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life.   Baptism is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)

Communion

Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer's faith in the atoning work of the cross (Matthew 26:26-30; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29) 

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