WHAT WE BELIEVE
Our faith is focused on the concept that there is but one true God who is a personal God, who in holy love creates, sustains and orders all. Because God gives man and woman eternal life tthrough Jesus Christ, and adopts them as His own, salvation is received and maintained by the grace and power of God - not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives believers the assurance of salvation. And no power in the universe can separate God's children from Him.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Heavenly Father. Jesus, the baby, was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He ascended to Heaven's glory where He is the only Mediator between God and people, and will return to earth again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords of The Church and of all life.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, equal with the Heavenly Father and the Son of God, is present in the world and works in the hearts and minds of people to bring awareness of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and discernment in doing what is right. The power of the Holy Spirit sustains the Church through the Gospel, and comforts and empowers believers who seek to live by the Word of God and be guided by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God's Word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inspired by God, and are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. The Gospel is an historic account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth and as such is the 'Good News' that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. Through His Word, God still speaks and continues to accomplish His redemptive purpose.
Salvation is a free gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled living and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. And eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of full consummation.
ABOUT FAITH AND PRACTICE
Spiritual transformation happens when God stirs up the winds of change in people's hearts, convicts them of sins, and emboldens them to act in faith.
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. It is our guidebook for living. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.
Faithful following of Jesus Christ and obedience to the will of God, as revealed in the Scriptures, have led us to emphasize principles that we believe are central in true discipleship. Among these principles are love, respect for life, peace and reconciliation, simple living, family values, integrity, and service to neighbors near and far.
The Church (the gathering of believers) is the living body of Christ and is under the Lord's mandate to be faithful in accepting the ministry of The Church, and transmitting the Gospel by both words and deeds.
ABOUT BEING HUMAN & WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
When we turn from our self-ruled living and turn to Jesus in faith we are both forgiven and saved of our sins. Through the santifying work of God's Spirit, we are thereby renewed and are enabled more and more to die unto sin and live unto righteousness - so that we resist evil and love what is good.
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, then, affects everything we say and do. Faithful following of the example of Jesus Christ and the obedience to the will of God, as revealed in Scripture, guides the life-long journey of the struggling but joyful Christian. For we have hope from the assurance that we are promised salvation and eternal life.
For we know we have the hope which the promise of eternal life provides.