Sometimes when you visit a church, the first thing you read on their welcome material is “What We Believe”—and it's usually a doctrinal statement. That's good, except it may be perceived as “what it takes to get in our door”. Perhaps we use doctrine for exclusional barriers rather than transformational truth. We think that's backward.

In our post-Christian, post-modern culture, we want to communicate what we value first, things like authenticity, generosity, transparency, acceptance, a heart for the poor, people who don't yet know Jesus, diversity, servanthood, Biblical truth, simplicity, worship, a dependency on the Holy Spirit and so on.

In the big picture, a church's belief system is really defined by what they spend energy and money on, what their mission and vision is, the atmosphere in which they do ministry and, of course, what their theology is.

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Before you come to EastLake Church for the first time, you might want to know what we believe.  And we think that being upfront about who we are and what we're all about is in everyone's best interest.  If you have questions about what any of these things mean, we'd love to speak to you more so that we can clarify.  You can email questions to info@eastlakechurch.com or speak with any of our pastors during weekend services

We believe God inspired the authors of Scripture by his Spirit to speak to all generations of believers, including us today. We believe the Scriptures speak with the authority of God and are without error. By God's Spirit, we seek to interpret, contextualize, and live out this story even today.

We believe God inspired the authors of Scripture by his Spirit to speak to all generations of believers, including us today. We believe the Scriptures speak with the authority of God and are without error. By God's Spirit, we seek to interpret, contextualize, and live out this story even today.

 

We believe the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. In other words, it is the revealed will of God concerning what Christians should believe and how they should live.

The Bible is our ultimate statement of faith. "Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent." Doctrinal creeds and statements of faith can be both divisive and misleading, since they are all composed by imperfect human beings.

Therefore, we assert the following:

• In essential beliefs—we have unity
   (Ephesians 4:4-6)
• In nonessential beliefs—we have liberty
   (Romans 14:1,4,12,22)
• In all our beliefs—we exhibit charity
   (I Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:15)

Although we prefer the Bible to speak for itself, for the purpose of understanding the basic doctrinal positions of St. Paul Baptist Church, the following is presented.

 

Purpose and Beliefs

Doctrine

God - is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)

Jesus Christ - is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3, 4; 6:6; 7:4-6; 8:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14, 15)

The Holy Spirit - is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware 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 guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. Christians are to yield to and trust the Holy Spirit to enable them to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God. (John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)

The Bible - is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

People - are made in the spiritual image of God and are to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, they are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God and His word called "sin". This sin has separated mankind from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23)

Salvation - is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our sin and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. We are saved from hell to be with Jesus forever in Heaven. (John 14:6, 1:12; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)

Baptism - is immersing a willing Christian under water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience that identifies a person with Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9; Acts 8:36-39; 18:8)

Repentance - is turning from your sins. There are several lists of sins against God in the New Testament. (Matthew 5:7, Romans 1, 12:14, I Corinthians 6, Galatians 5, Ephesians 4:6, Colossians 3, 1 Thessalonians 5, I Timothy 3, and James)

Eternal Security of the Believer - Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. We don't think a person can lose his or her salvation. Salvation is a gift based on the work of Jesus Christ, not our own. (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Eternity - People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or we will exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16; 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15)

Spiritual Gifts - are special abilities the Holy Spirit gives whenever, wherever, and to whomever He wants. These gifts always glorify Jesus and build up the church. We let the Spirit be in charge of His gifts. (Acts 2, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12:14, Ephesians 4)

Divorce and Remarriage - God hates divorce and so do about half the people who go through one. We do not encourage divorce. We encourage reconciliation and restoration of marriage. We recognize divorce as the legal and binding dissolution of a marriage. We do not make marriage, divorce, or remarriage the single qualifying or disqualifying issues for leadership in the church. (Deuteronomy 24, Jeremiah 3, Malachi 2, Matthew 5, 19, Mark 10, Luke 16, 1 Corinthians 7)

Angels and Demons - are spiritual beings that work to carry out the purposes of God or Satan. (Daniel 6:22; Matthew 4:10-11; Acts 12:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Hebrews 1:14)

Government - We encourage our members to educate themselves, vote, attend meetings, and get involved in government at all levels. (Romans 13, 1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Church Membership - is a commitment between a Christian and a local church, an agreement to support and encourage one another in life and ministry. (Acts 2:41). We do not contact your old church when you join St. Paul Baptist Church.

Priesthood of Every Believer - The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full-time Christian living, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. (1 Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6)

Tithing to the Local Church - At Community Bible Church, we practice tithing for the support of Christ's body, the church, in obedience to God's Word. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is a Biblical principle that honors God and requires faith in God as our financial provider. (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23)

Spirit-led Living - We believe the only way to live the Christian life is by trusting in God's Spirit within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence not on ourselves, but on Christ with us to enable us to live holy, loving, and productive lives that bear much fruit and glorify God! (Ephesians 5:18; Philippians 2:13)

Jesus said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing." -John 15:5

Telling Others About Christ - It is the privilege of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings into our lives. We share our personal experience about Christ and invite friends to church. "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."-1 Peter 3:15

1. GOD
There is only one, true God, eternally existing in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are therefore worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe.
[ Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 13:14 ]

2. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, meaning He is coequal with the Father. He is the expressed image of the invisible God and Creator of all things. He became a man, being born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Consequently, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose bodily from the dead after three days, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. He ascended to heaven, is seated in authority, and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
[ John 1:1-5,14, 5:18; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-10 ]

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is Creator, and is present in the world to convict people of their sin and make them aware of their need for the Savior-Jesus Christ. People are regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit, and He lives in believers to manifest the character of Christ. He provides believers with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for life. He also gives Christians spiritual gifts, so they might serve the church and the world in a manner that surpasses their own natural abilities and limitations. The victorious Christian life must be lived under His daily control.
[ Genesis 1:2; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14, 12:3-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18 ]

4. PEOPLE
People are created in the image of God, and are designed to reflect His character. People are the supreme object of God's creation and love. Through willful transgression and disobedience, people have fallen from their originally created state of righteousness, peace, and joy into a state of separation from God. Being separated from the source of life, love, and joy has resulted in bondage and death. People are unable to deliver themselves from their sinful condition, but are totally dependent upon the power of God as presented in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
[ Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21 ]

5. SALVATION
Because people are unable to save themselves from their sinful condition, salvation is altogether the work of God. Neither good works nor self-improvement can make up for our sin. Salvation is the free gift of God. However, like any gift it must be received. This gift is received by faith, or by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ who died as our substitute that we might live. Through repentance from sin and faith toward God, we turn from our self-ruled life to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
[ John 1:12; 14:6; Romans 5:6-21, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 ]

6. THE CHURCH
The church is composed of all who have experienced, through faith in Christ, the new birth into the family of God. All true believers are then members of the universal church, the body of Christ. Since the New Testament exhorts believers to gather for such purposes as worship, prayer, fellowship, sharing the Lord's Supper, teaching of the Word, ministry to fellow Christians, and evangelism, the local church is an indispensable part of God's plan for His people and the world. The work of parachurch groups is appreciated, but the local church is God's chosen instrument for both the nurture of Christians and world evangelism. We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in cooperating with one another for the causes of evangelism, social action, and missions.
[ Matthew 16:16-18; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4-6, 9-16 ]

7. ETERNAL DESTINY
God created people to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God is Hell. Eternal fellowship and union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. [ John 3:16; Matthew 25:31-46, 19:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15 ]

Statement Of Faith, Character, Belief and Ordinances

We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the most accurate translation from the original ancient text. It is from this translation that we establish our doctrine and Statement of Faith. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21).

We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).

We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14),

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians 12-14. (1 Corinthians 14)

We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God saves and regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5).

We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) We also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ validated the ordinance of marriage. (Matthew 19:4-5 and John 2:1-11)

We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)

We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)

We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14)

 

THE ONE TRUE GOD
We believe in the one ever living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purposes: and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation.
(I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; II Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).

THE BIBLE INSPIRED

We believe that the Bible, the accepted Canon of the Sacred Scriptures, is a supreme revelation verbally inspired of God to man, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason, and is therefore our infallible, authoritative rule of faith and practice
(John 17:17; Rom. 12: 1,2; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).

THE DIETY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We therefore believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His Glory and the expressed image of His person. We believe that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that it is impossible to know the Father without knowing the Son (John 1:1-14; John 13; Colossians 1:15-19; 2; Hebrews 1). The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth (Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:30-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22); His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 13:3; 2 Cor. 5:21); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God
(Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).

THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST

Wherefore, we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things in heaven, and in the earth and under the earth
(Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:36; Romans 10:1-13; 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:9-10).

THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man, by voluntary transgression, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into a state of death in trespasses and sins; and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual depravity and death or separation from God in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, until he is delivered by the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
(Gen.1: 26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:21; Psalms 51:5; Rom. 6:23; John 8:32-36).

THE BELIEVERS FOUNDATION

We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his spiritual life of faith. These foundation stones are: repentance from dead works; faith toward God; the doctrine of baptisms; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; and eternal judgment
(Heb.6:1-2).

THE NEW BIRTH

We believe the words of Jesus that “ye must be born again”; that being born again signifies the partaking in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (John 3:3-7; 1 Cor. 15:1-4); that “by grace are ye saved, through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We further believe that the emphasis for a continual walk in grace should be of heart, righteousness, and purity. We hold that all believers must live pure lives, being examples to both believers and unbelievers
(Rom. 4:1-5; 2 Cor. 7:1; Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12).

THE WORK OF REPENTANCE

We believe that repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of Justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, the believer is brought onto the grounds of the New Covenant and made a partaker of the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation, and is not to be considered synonymous with the complete work of the “new birth”
(Luke 22:20; Rom. 5:1,9; Heb. 13:20).

THE SACRAMENT OF WATER BAPTISM

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Therefore, we believe that water baptism is a vital part of the fullness of salvation. It is necessary for complete regeneration or the new birth, which is essential to laying a foundation for going on to spiritual maturity (Heb. 6:1-3). We further believe that it is the means whereby those who have been justified by faith in the blood of Jesus receive the Covenant sign of circumcision of heart, are made partakers in the burial of Christ, and become identified with Him in His resurrection. Moreover, we believe that water baptism is the taking on of a great responsibility because in it a person makes an everlasting commitment to God and His will. These commitments require that water baptism be administered only to those who have reached an age of accountability. The sacrament of water baptism is to be performed by immersion and in the name of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17; Acts 2:38). It is a baptism into the Body of Christ rather than into a denomination or a dogma
(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 22:19; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; col. 2:9-14; 3:17; 1 Pet.3: 20-21; 1 John 5:5-8; Rom. 6).

THE SEAL OF THE NEW COVENANT

We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an important and necessary experience in the life of every believer, which is not dependent upon a believer’s worthiness, but is a free gift of God. We further believe that the receiving of the Holy Spirit is the seal of the New Covenant, and the repentance, water baptism, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit constitute the full experience of regeneration or the new birth
(John 3:3-7; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13).

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We therefore believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect to receive, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian Church (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 11:14-16). With the Baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8); a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28); and intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work
(Acts 2:42).

THE PHYSICAL SIGN OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We hold that God has provided glossolalia as a prayer language for the purpose of intercession, praise, and communication with God, and that all believers may speak with other tongues. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the spirit give utterance, and afterwards has a continual two-fold aspect, as speaking to God and speaking to men
(Isaiah 28:11-12; Ezekiel 36:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:6; 1 Cor.14).

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

The Lord’s Supper commemorates the death and suffering of Jesus Christ in sacrificing Himself for fallen man. It consists of bread (representing the body of Christ) and the fruit of the vine (representing the blood of Christ). Partaking the Lord’s Supper is an expression of faith in sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor.10:16-17), and is enjoined on all believers until He comes
(1 Cor.11:26).

THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel. Therefore, salvation gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is in three tenses:
(a) The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin and is safe

(Luke 7:50’ 1 Cor.1:18:2; 2:15; Eph. 2:5-8; 2 Tim. 1:9).

(b) The believer is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin
(Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor.3:18; Gal. 2:19-20; Phil. 1:19; 2:12-13; 2 Thes.2:13).

(c) The believer shall be saved in the sense of entire conformity to Christ
(Rom. 13:11; Heb. 10:36; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 John 3:2).
Salvation is by grace through faith. It is a free gift, and wholly without works (Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8). The divine order is first salvation, then works (Eph. 2:9-10; Titus 3:5-8).

THE HEALING OF THE BODY
We believe that divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers
(Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 4:30; 1 Cor.12:9; James 5:14-16).

THE UNITY OF THE BODY

We believe that we are one Body being members one of another, and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit
(Psalms 133; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 2:13-22; 4:3-6; Col. 3:15).

THE LOCAL CHURCH

We believe in the autonomy of the local church expression, and adherence to the Scriptural revelation of its life, ministry, and worship
(Matthew 18:20; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 4:6; Heb.13:17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3; Heb.13:15; Phil. 3:3; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16).

THE MINISTRY GIFTS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH

We believe in the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ; and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. These ministry gifts of men and women that have been recognized and ordained to the Office of Elder, are assisted by ordained Deacons and other ministries who serve this Church Body
(Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Cor.12:28; 1 Tim. 3:2-12; Rom. 16:1; Titus 1:5-9; Rom. 12).

THE CARE AND DISCIPLINE OF THE BODY

We believe that God has set elders in the local church to watch over the souls of the believers and to oapply discipline when necessary to keep the unity of the church. We believe that discipline in the local church is to be carried out by the elders in accordance to the Scriptures
(Heb. 13:17; Matt. 18:16-20; acts 20:28; Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:6; 2 Thes. 3:11-12).

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER

We believe that each Christian is called and chosen of God before the foundation of the world, to be a priest unto God and to minister unto the Father in praises; offering up the sacrifices of the fruit of his lips and his time and body for the service of the Lord; and his material holdings. We therefore hold that all true believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus and are no longer their own, but belong unto the Father to be used for His glory. As possessions of the Lord, believers must give themselves to serving Him, finding their place in the Church, His Body (Rom 12:3-8), and making themselves available by being present when the Church comes together, that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ
(John 15:16; Eph. 1:4-5; 1 Cor. 6:20; 12:18; Heb. 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5,9).

THE TITHE IS HOLY

We believe that the tithe (10 percent of one’s individual gross earnings) is Holy unto God. We believe that “bringing all the tithes into the store house” of the Local Church and giving freewill offerings is to be practiced continually by all believers. It is an outward expression of the Lordship of Christ in the believer and the unity of the Local Church and the Body of Christ as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord
(Gen. 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Heb. 6:20; 7:1-10; Lev. 27:30-32; Prov.3:9-10; Mal. 3:6-18; Matt. 23:23; 1 Cor.16:1-2).

THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS

We believe that each believer should speak in tongues and covet to prophesy so that he might edify the whole church. “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (1 Cor. 14:31). We further believe that prophecy in the church is the sign of the end time visitation of God, for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”
(Joel 2; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 14:1-5; Rev. 19:10).

THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT

We believe that the manifestations of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) should be and must be operative in the church to enjoy the fullness of God. We also believe that these manifestations are imparted by the sovereignty of Holy Spirit and only work or are operated by this one and self-same Spirit, dividing or distributing to each one individually just as He wills
(1 Cor.12:11).

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS

We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
(a) The confirmation and ordination of ministry by the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (Acts 13:1-3).
(b) The impartation of spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (1 Tim. 4:14; 2:Tim. 1:6).
(c) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18).
(d) The ministry of healing to the sick (Mark 16:18).
(e) The confirming of the believers in the faith (Acts 14:22).
(f) The blessings and dedication of children (Mark 10:16).

THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe in the resurrection of those who are dead in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (John 5:28-29; First, Thessalonians 4:16-17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 16:22).

THE PERSONAL RETURN OF OUR LORD
We believe in the personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began (Matt. 23:39; 25:31; 24:42-44; Mark 14:62; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; First Thessalonians 4:14-18).


THE FINAL JUDGMENT

We believe that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murders, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 24:36-51; 25:46; Rom. 6:23; 2 Thes. 1:5-9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8).

THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH
We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness
(Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).


What We Believe


WE BELIEVE in the one true and living God who exists as Father-Our Creator, Jesus-Our Savior, and Holy Spirit-Our Comforter.
(John 1:1-2,14; John 10:30)

WE BELIEVE in His virgin birth, sinless life, powerful miracles, and sacrificial death, and His bodily resurrection.
(I Corinthians 15:3-4)

WE BELIEVE
that Christ's shed blood took the penalty of sin and gave us the right to eternal life. Christ's body took all our sicknesses & diseases and that by His stripes we are healed.
(John 1:29; Isaiah 53:5)

WE BELIEVE all scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, for training in righteousness.
(2 Timothy 3:16)

WE BELIEVE that every Christian has been given a measure of faith by God, which is how we are justified, what we live by, how we believe in Him, how we please Him and how we receive from Him.
(Romans 1:17; 5:1; 12:3)

WE BELIEVE Christians can be filled with the Holy Spirit who then dwells within us, leads, helps, guides, and seals us in Christ.
(Ephesians 1:13)

WE BELIEVE that the Christian's enemy is not that of flesh and blood but Satan and his demonic spirits which aim to steal, kill and destroy God's people and vision. His work will end and he will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone with the beast and false prophets; and tormented day and night forever and ever.
(2 Corinthians 10:4; Revelation 20:10)

WE BELIEVE that Christians have the benefit of abundant life on earth - being whole and complete through God.
(John 10:10)

WE BELIEVE that water baptism does not save us from sin but is an outward sign of an inward relationship with God. We are no longer slaves to sin. Holy Communion is an ordinance that reminds us that His blood offers forgiveness for sin and that His body was broken for our healing.
(Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)

WE BELIEVE that God works in the earth through the Body of Christ and that the Body of Christ is empowered by His Holy Spirit.
(Acts 1:8)

WE BELIEVE the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
(I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

WE BELIEVE in the second coming of our Lord with His saints and our rule upon the earth and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God.
(Revelation 21:1-3)

 

THE BIBLE
The Scriptures are inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160 & 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

GOD
There is only one true God, revealed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST
In the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, as God’s son, Jesus who was both human and divine. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4)

MAN
Though originally good, man willingly fell to sin, ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world. (Genesis 3)

SALVATION
Every person can have restored fellowship with God through salvation, accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness of sin. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:5-7)

And practice two ordinances: 1) water baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and 2) holy communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. (Matthew 3:1-12; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6:1-5; Luke 22:17-19)

Sanctification initially occurs at salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ like. (Romans 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12)

Divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christians today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16)

HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 8:15-16; 10:44-46; and 19:2-6)

The initial physical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is “speaking in tongues,” as experienced on the Day of Pentecost as referenced through Acts and the Epistles. (Acts 2:4)

ETERNITY
In the Blessed Hope – When Jesus raptures His Church prior to His return to earth (second coming). At this future moment in time, all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

In the millennial reign of Christ, when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years (Zechariah 14:15; Matthew 24: 27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).

A final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)

And look forward to the perfect New Heaven and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on earth. “And so shall we forever be with the Lord!” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21; 22)

THE CHURCH
The church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe the Church is the Body of Christ and consists of people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son, Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)

A divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us, under leadership, must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20), to worship Him with other believers (1Corinthians 12:13; John 4:23-24), and to build up or edify the body of believers – the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).

About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. He is the Son of God and is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware 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 guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25

About the Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings
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 were born with a sin nature and are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1,2; Romans 3:23

About Salvation
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5

About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; I Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15


We believe that sound Biblical doctrine is the foundation of a great church and a life. It is important that every member of this church know and understand the doctrines described below. We also cover these in our Discovery class, which is where our new members and believers attend. We believe that the understanding of these doctrines will help your faith to be anchored properly so that you can enjoy the fruit of the Christian life.


I. The Bible:
We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings. The Scriptures, through the providence of God, have been preserved as the final and supreme authority for faith and life.(Psalms 19:7, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)


II. God:
We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each a separate and distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections and attributes. Each is worthy of precisely the same worship, trust and obedience. (Genesis 1:26, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19)


III. Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute for sinners, was buried, rose again bodily and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, I Corinthians 15:3, Hebrews 4:15)


IV. The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is very God, coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, comforts the believer, and guides the believer into truth. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. (Matthew 28:19, John 16:7-11, Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-14)


V. Man:
We believe that man is the direct creation of God and is not in any sense the result of evolution but is made in the image of God. Adam, the first man sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both the physical and spiritual death for all. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:10, 23, 5:12).


VI. Salvation:
We believe that all who, in faith, repent of their sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become a child of God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification and glorification (John 1:12, 3:3, 17:17, Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 2:8-9, 4:30, Titus 3:5).


VII. Security of the Believer:
We believe that salvation is not of man’s works or efforts. It is a gift from God and is sustained by God and His power. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, since salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man, we hold that the believer is kept by God. (John 10:28, 14:16-17, 26, I Corinthians 2:9-14, Ephesians 1:13, 2:8-9, I Peter 1:5, Jude 24-25).


VIII. Heaven:
We believe in the eternal abode of God and the holy angels, where Jesus intercedes for His people on earth and where the spirits of departed saints await their resurrected, glorified bodies. Heaven is a literal place of conscious awareness upon which all saints enter at death. It is the place from which Jesus will come to receive those saints who are alive at His coming. Heaven is only for those who have put their faith in the atoning work of Christ for their salvation. (Hebrews 12:22-24, John 14:1-3, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Philippians 1:23, 3:20-21, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Revelation 21:1, 22:5, John 14:6).


IX. Hell:
We believe that hell is a literal place of judgment created for the devil and those angels who followed him in his rebellion against God. In the final state, the devil and his demons will spend eternity banished from the presence of God in the Lake of Fire. This same final punishment also awaits all unredeemed people who refuse to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures declare that the torment of all the inhabitants in the Lake of Fire last forever. Prior to the final state, the soul of the unjust at death is condemned to Hades in a state of conscious torment until the resurrection of the unjust. At the resurrection, the disembodied soul is reunited with the resurrected body and cast into the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:10, Matthew 25:41, Mark 9:43-48, Revelation 14:11, 20:10, 15, Luke 16:19-31, John 5:29, Revelation 20:11-15)


X. The Church:
We believe in the Church universal as the bride of Jesus Christ because of a born again experience through faith in His shed blood. We believe that the local church is to be a New Testament Church body of baptized believers with Christ as their head and the Holy Spirit as their guide. Its purpose in this world is to testify of Christ and His life changing power. Its ministry to each other and to the world is governed by a heart of love, a focus on God’s truth and a passion for God’s glory.


XI. Stewardship:
We believe in tithing (10%) of our resources as a beginning place of responsible Christian behavior. (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, Luke 6:46, Duet. 14:23, Malachi 3:10)


XII. Spiritual Gifts:
We believe that God has given gifts to His children as a means of equipping them for spiritual service. Every child of God should eagerly pursue the highest gifts of love, faith, and hope as they find their unique gifts and place to serve with effectiveness. (Romans 12:5-8)


XIII. Creation:
We believe that the triune God created the universe apart from any pre-existing materials and without any evolutionary process. We believe in the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 19:4, John 1:1-3, Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:3)


XIV. Providence:
We believe in the providence of God, but that He is not the author or approver of sin, not the destroyer of the free will and responsibility of man. (John 3:16, Romans 8:28-30)


XV. The Second Coming of Christ:
We believe in the literal, visible, personal, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational return of Jesus Christ for His Church. At this event the dead in Christ and living believers will be translated to meet Him in the air. At the end of the seven-year tribulation, Christ will visibly descend with the saints to establish His earthly millennial kingdom. (Acts 1:11, I Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:1-6)


XVI. The Priesthood of the Believer:
We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and that there is no mediator between God and man other that Jesus Christ. (Heb. 4:16, I Timothy 2:5, Revelation 1:6)


XVII. Ordinances:
We believe that the Christian church observes two ordinances—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that all who have received Jesus as Lord should follow him in believers baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so we immerse as a symbol of our belief in His experience and as identification with Him. We believe that the Lord’s Supper, also called communion, should be observed by only believers. It is both a memorial to his broken body and shed blood atonement and a celebration of his victory that the church should observe until He returns.


XVIII. Satan:
We believe that Satan was a created being who rebelled against God. As a result, he became depraved, the Devil and adversary of God and His people, a leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 14:13-14, Ezekiel 28:13-17, John 16:11, 1 Timothy 3:7, Revelation 20:10

 

 

The Scripture

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

A. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

B. God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord. Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

C. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart for God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

 

MISSION


"Becoming a community of authentic Christ followers."


PURPOSES


REACH
Sharing Christ with our friends and neighbors.
CONNECT
Building meaningful relationships with others.
GROW
Maturing in the love and knowledge of Christ.
SERVE
Modeling Christ through acts of service.
WORSHIP
Honoring God with our lives.


VALUES


GRACE
We minister in an atmosphere of freedom and acceptance based on God's unconditional acceptance of us!
(Romans 6:14, 12:3; Galatians 5:1)
INNOVATION
We encourage and value new, creative ways of serving God. While our vision will remain unchanged,
our methods need to always stay fresh and relevant.
(1 Chronicles 12:32; Matthew 9:17; 1 Corinthians 9:22)
UNITY
We strive to keep our entire church body informed, focused and enthusiastically moving in the same
direction.
(John 17:22; Philippians 2:1-2; Ephesians 4:3-6)
EXCELLENCE
We believe that God is honored and His kingdom advanced through our best efforts.
(1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23)
INTEGRITY
Biblical integrity is reflected in living a life that is true to God, oneself and to others.
(Matthew 5:16; Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:15)

Foundational Beliefs
GOD
We believe there is one living and true God, who in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all having the same nature attributes and perfections.
(Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 2:13, 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the creator of the universe and
Foundational Beliefs
GOD
We believe there is one living and true God, who in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all having the same nature attributes and perfections.
(Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 2:13, 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the creator of the universe and is a personal God, who desires a relationship with all people. He is a supernatural being, who has always existed. He is the ruler of all creation, who also hears and answers prayer. He is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.
(Genesis 1:1; Psalm 89:26; Isaiah 9:6; John 6:27, 45-46; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 5:20)

GOD THE SON
Jesus Christ is God's only begotten son. We believe in His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings and that He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King and Lord.
(Ephesians 4:1-8; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; I John 5:20; Isaiah 53:3-12)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware 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 guidance in doing what is right.
(John 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-14; Galatians 5:18, 22-25; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 6:19-20)

THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to all people, written by human authors through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the foundational source of truth and authority for all Christian beliefs and living. God inspires it without error.
(John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5)

THE CHURCH
The true church is composed of all people who trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Believers are united together in the "Body of Christ" of which Jesus Christ is the head. Friends Church is a group of believers in Christ, who have organized themselves for doing the work of God's ministry. Our church is responsible to provide opportunities for fellowship, growth, teaching and serving by using one's spiritual gift.
(Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:12-28; Ephesians 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:23)

COMMUNION
Our relationship to God as believers provides us with the privilege of moment-by-moment communion with God. It is this silent communion of our spirit with the Spirit of God that is essential to our continued walk with Him.
(John 6:33, 48, 51, 14:16; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 3:14-17a; II Corinthians 13:5; Revelations 3:20)

The "Lord's Supper" is a time of remembering the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and for examining one's life. The taking of the elements does not result in spiritual benefit but provides the believer with a physical method of remembrance in a Scripturally approved manner.
(I Corinthians 11:23-28, 10:16-17; Luke 22:17-20)

Friends Church teaches the necessity of spiritual baptism and communion and provides for water baptism and the Lord's Supper for those whose conscience would lead them to partake.

BAPTISM
At the moment we become Christians we are baptized into the body of Christ, and this spiritual baptism is totally sufficient for the believer.
(Mark 1:8; Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:11-12; Luke 3:16; I Peter 3:21)

The physical act of water baptism by immersion after accepting Christ as personal Lord and Savior is not needed for salvation or spiritual standing, but it is a person's testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Christ.
(Acts 2:28, 8:12, 16, 36-39, 10:47; Matthew 28:16-20)

 

Our Beliefs

1. About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co–equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27;3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

2. About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co–equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1–15, 14:10–30; Hebrews 4:14–15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9–11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

3. About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware 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 guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7–13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

4. About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is inerrant (without error in its original form).

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

5. About Human Beings

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.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2.

6. About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self–improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self–ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

7. About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self–effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3–5

8. About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 2:25, 4:36; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15

  • Salvation through confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; John 14:6)
     
  • There is only one living and true God. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2, 27; Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7)
     
  • We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)
     
  • We believe Jesus Christ, conceived of the Virgin Mary, is the only begotten Son of the Father. Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor. (Luke 1:26-33; Hebrews 7:25)
     
  • We believe we are justified (declared righteous under the blood of Jesus) when we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ. (Acts 13:38, 39; Romans 5:1; I Corinthians 6:11; Mark 1:5)
     
  • We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives the utterance, to be the initial evidence of this experience. We believe in the operation of the nine Gifts of the Spirit and encourage our people to live so that these gifts may be manifest in their lives. (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6; I Corinthians 12:4-11)
     
  • We believe in the freedom of worship with every form of expression being done in decency and in order, not drawing attention to oneself. We define order in our services as following the anointing of the Holy Spirit through the pastoral leadership on the stage. (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40)
     
  • We believe in water baptism by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:18-19; John 14:6)
     
  • We believe in divine healing for the body. However, we encourage and do not condemn medical science. (Acts 3:2-12; Acts 5:15, 16; James 5:14-15)
     
  • We believe every blessing we receive from God comes through the merits of The Atonement (Jesus´ complete sacrifice for us on Calvary). (Romans 5:11; James 1:16, 17)
     
  • We believe in the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:10, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
     
  • We believe those who die outside of Christ will be punished in an eternal Hell, but those who die "in Him" shall share in His glory in Heaven forever. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:29; Jude 1:7)
     
  • We believe in the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman and family commitment. We promote strong family values. (Ephesians 5:31-33; Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:5 Leviticus 18:22; Genesis 2:24)

What we believe

In Essential Beliefs, We Have Unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all ...”
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV) 

 

In Non-Essential Beliefs, We Have Liberty.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters ... Who are you to judge someone else's servant?  To his own master he stands or falls ... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God ... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22 (NIV)

In All Our Beliefs, We Show Charity.

“... If I hold in my hand not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
I Corinthians 13:2 (PH)



THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:

About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware 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 guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

II Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18; Galatians 5:25

About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us.  It is written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

II Timothy 1:13, 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme objects 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.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23

About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galations 3:26; Romans 5:1

About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it.  Salvation is 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 us this security.

John 10:28-30; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5; I John 5:9-13

About Eternity
People were created to exist forever.  We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; Romans 6:23, 8:16-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9

 

Statement of Beliefs
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1. God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90-:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2. The Father
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity in authority. He controls all things according to His purpose and for His glory. God is father of all men creatively, but is the spiritual father of only those who have been adopted into His family through faith in His Son.
Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6:9; 7:11; John 1:12; Romans 8:15-16

3. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heavenís glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3,4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14,15

4. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware 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 guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18

5. The Bible
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. We accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, "What does the Bible say?" We encourage daily Bible reading, study, meditation and memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

6. Human Beings
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.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

7. Salvation
Salvation is God's free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

8. Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot ìloseî it. We have been "justified" through our faith in Christ. Because of His death on the cross, all of our sins, past, present and future, have been forgiven. We have been declared righteous by God. Salvation is 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 us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

9. Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15

The Bible is God’s Scriptures and a guide for how we are to live. We desire to not only read but to live the Word. Here are Truth’s we believe as a Church:

GOD

There is only one God who is Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things and made them good. We are made to worship which is why we pursue things in life. God is our ultimate pursuit, because He is the one pursuing us. This is what it means to live in relationship with God. He is the initiator of relationship and is fulfilling it through Jesus. (Helpful Scriptures: Genesis 1-2, Deuteronomy 6, Ecclesiastes 1-2, 12:13-14, Matthew 6, John 1)

BIBLE

God’s Word is reliable, flawless, inspired and God breathed. His Word was received by men and ‘carried along by the Holy Spirit’ (2 Peter 1:21). His Word lights our path. It guards, penetrates, purifies and transforms our heart. The goal of God’s Word is to grow us in our maturity to look more like Jesus. (Helpful Scriptures: 2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 119, John 15, Romans 12, Colossians 1, Philippians 2).

MAN

Man was created in the image of God. We reflect the creator and have our being in Him. God created all things good including humans, but we chose rebellion, which broke peace between God, ourselves, others, and all of creation. We live as people in need of God’s Grace, which is found only in Jesus. We look to relationships, success, a job, cars and anything else for our identity. But in Christ we find our identity for all parts of our being.  (Helpful Scriptures: Genesis 1,3, Romans 1-3).

JESUS

He has always existed with God and the Holy Spirit. He is fully God, and left Heaven to save us by redeeming all things that we have done away from God. He is the only Son of the Living God and was born of a virgin, died for our sins, was buried, and then raised to life to defeat sin and death. His death satisfied God’s wrath towards our sin, which allows that act of love to be a substitutionary death for us. He is our only hope to be saved from God’s wrath toward sin. He demonstrated what it’s like to be fully human by being fully dependent on God. He chose serving others over being served. He also challenged the disciples and us to live by the Holy Spirit and to make disciples of all nations, who would make other disciples. All this is accomplished through our love for God and others. Jesus is the ultimate example of what it means to be human and obey God. (Helpful Scriptures: Philippians 2, Matthew 28, Mark 12, John 1,14,15, Isaiah 53, Acts 4).

HOLY SPIRIT

He is the Counselor that Jesus promised He’d send when He left earth. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit would ‘come upon’ people, but in the New Testament He ‘lives within’ the hearts of people. Jesus did all things by the power of the Holy Spirit. The same power that was available to Jesus, He has made available to us through the Holy Spirit. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that we depend upon to resist the sin that Satan tempts us with. The Spirit transforms us and we continue to live life always in obedience to the Holy Spirit. We are a Church that moves together as we follow the Spirit’s prompting and callings in our life.

The Spirit teaches, reminds, convicts and guides us into all Truth. The Spirit gives us power to be free from sin and overcome all things. We are to be filled, bear fruit, keep in step with, and stay submitted to the Holy Spirit. All of this is so that Jesus would be seen in us and others may know of His grace. We cannot live a life that Jesus has called us to on our own. We can only live as followers of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Helpful Scriptures: Judges 6, John 14,16, Acts 2, 2 Corinthians 3, Galatians 5, Ephesians 5).

SALVATION

God created all things good. Sin entered the world through man’s choice to live opposite of God. But God is faithful and does not leave His creation, He actually seeks to redeem all things and had Jesus pay the price of our sins on the cross.

God’s plan is that we would repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38), which means to turn our hearts away from sin and being the leader of our life and accept the grace that God extends to us through Jesus’ death on the cross. We do not have enough goods, accomplishments or ability to make up for our sin. Christ alone is our hope of salvation and we make ourselves available to Him and publicly confess this through our baptism.

We are to also grow in our salvation, so we can help Him redeem the world (Colossians 1). Christ does not want us to just repent, be baptized and believe, but to now live out salvation in our everyday life. That is also why we look to Christ not just for the forgiveness of sin, but for the power to love the way He loved others.  To make disciples the way He did, and was called a “friend of sinners.” Jesus mixed it up with people far from God. This is risky living; but He promises is to go with us and never forsake us. (Helpful Scriptures: Genesis 1-3, Acts 1, Ephesians 2, Colossians 1, 1 Peter 2, Romans 1, 2 Corinthians 6, 2 Peter 3).

THE CHURCH

Our foundation is Jesus. He is the Head of the Church, which is the body. We have no purpose as a Church without Jesus. He is Senior Pastor, CEO, the Man in Charge. With that view of Jesus, we live out His Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20; to go and make disciples, baptizing, and teaching them to obey all the commands of Jesus. That is the mission; we and we are the hands and feet to carry out this mission. The Gospel of Jesus is our message and way of life. The Elders are the overseers of the body and serve to maintain the health of the Church. The Church exist for those who are apart from it. Jesus is passionate about His creation, He gave His life, and now seeks us to be His people to redeem this world.

The Church is made up of people who have a past, need a Savior, and desire to see amazing things done in this world. Jesus is the answer and He has promised us the Holy Spirit. The only question is, will you align all that you are with Jesus, this community called the Church, and change the world? (Helpful Scriptures: Matthew 16, Acts 20, Ephesians 5, Colossians 1, Revelation 19, 21).

 

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