What We Believe

God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus was completely God and completely man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins as foretold in the Bible hundreds of years before it actually happened. We believe Jesus miraculously rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.

Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is active among us today, bringing conviction when a person has done wrong and creating the desire for one’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ. He regenerates our hearts and lives within us. His ongoing work is to guide, instruct ,and empower the believer in godly living.

The Bible
We believe that the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) have been given to humanity.  We believe that the Bible originated with God. He inspired the writers to record what He gave to them. The Bible reveals God to us in a deep and intimate way and also serves as our guide for life.

The Church
We believe that the church is the body of believers.  The church is made of flesh and blood, and not concrete and steel.  The church is made up of those that have been connected to Jesus Christ, and depend on his life, death, and resurrection as their only means to be reconnected to the one true living God.  A community of believers holding to the faith passed down as expressed in the creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian).  The church is a community is then called to go out into the world connecting those far from God through the reflection of their transformed lives.  The church is a community of people who have been created in Christ to love the one true living God and to love their neighbor as themselves.  A community of people extending the same love and forgiveness that God first extended to them.

Humanity
We believe that people were created in the image of God for a loving relationship with God. However, people have rebelled against God, actively or passively choosing to go their own independent way.  We are therefore alienated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin.

Salvation
The Bible tells us that Jesus is God incarnate; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation.

The writer of Hebrews explains how “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:1-3).

Many people believe that Jesus lived, was a good teacher and a very spiritual man, but they deny that he is God. A diluted Jesus is not the real Jesus. We must be careful to believe in the Jesus that he himself declared he was, “not be[ing] led astray from [our] sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

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