Beliefs

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
- C.S. Lewis

The Bible

The Bible is God’s complete and accurate Word to us and has the right to command our lives. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18)

God

There is one infinite, eternal, true God who created all things and exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is both God and man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a perfect blood sacrifice for our sins. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is now our high priest and advocate. (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine Person who points people to Jesus Christ. He convicts of sin and changes the life of the believing sinner. He comforts, guides, instructs, and takes up residence within the believer, empowering them to live godly lives through worship and service (John 14:16, 17; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9).

Man

Man was originally created in the image of God, but fell into sin and lost all spiritual life. This spiritual death is passed on to all mankind, except to the man Jesus Christ. Only by a new birth through the Holy Spirit can salvation and life be gained. Subsequently, every believer can approach God personally with no mediator other than Jesus Christ Himself (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; Romans 3:23, 5:12-19; 8:6,7; Ephesians 2:1-3).

Salvation

We believe no one can be at peace with God except through the blood of Jesus Christ who died as our substitute. That salvation is received as a gift through faith alone. The moment we put our confidence in Jesus Christ as Forgiver and Leader, we pass from death into everlasting life and become children of God forever (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Romans 5:6-9).

Christian life

We believe that the child of God is not to have attitudes and behaviors that characterize this world. As disciples, we are to grow in our obedience to Jesus Christ. We are to show compassion to those in need and recognize that what we own belongs to God (1 Peter 1:16; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 5:15-17; James 2:14-17; Psalm 82:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19).

Outreach

We believe our purpose is to preach the gospel of salvation by faith and, thereby, reach the vast number of people who are lost. No degree of human reformation or morality will bring salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8).

Future

We believe there is a real heaven and a real hell. The souls of believers at death go immediately to be with Jesus Christ, their bodies waiting for the resurrection at His coming, commonly known as the rapture of the Church. The souls of unbelievers at death are separated from God, waiting for their bodies to raise for the final judgment when they will be sent into everlasting punishment. Jesus Christ will come in person to introduce His kingdom on earth for the millennium. Then, the new heaven will come with the new earth forever (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:1-15).

Church

We believe the universal Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ. The local church is a group of believers who regularly meet for worship and ministry. The Ruler over the local church is Jesus Christ Himself. The local church is commanded to practice two special symbols: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither brings salvation, but both are evidences of obedience and community with the Lord. The Church and the secular government should be separate (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:23-47; Ephesians 1:22; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29).