What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE

The Bible was written by men under inspiration from God. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It is the source of God’s divine revelation and is the final authority for our belief and practice. We communicate the Bible with consideration for its intended audience, literary genres, and eternal context.

THE TRINITY

There is only one living and true God. God is the completely holy and sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are co-equal and co-eternal but are distinct from one another. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God as Father reigns with care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of history according to His purposes. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has existed eternally as God. He chose to take on flesh and be born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully God and fully man forever forward. Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave in victory over death, sin, and Satan. Jesus will one day return to earth and reign as king. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired the writing of the Bible. He empowers believers to live the life God has called us to, illuminates the Word of God, and convicts people of sin. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers to be used to serve others.

HUMANITY

God created humans in His image. Out of all of creation, we are set apart as God’s image-bearers, which gives all people inherent worth and special responsibility. Being made in His image, we can have a relationship with God founded on love and worship, unlike any other created thing.
vii.Marriage is a covenantal relationship that is between a man and a woman and provides the foundation for a family. Sex is a gift from God to be practiced only in marriage. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing from the Lord. Parents, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, are to raise children in biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

MEN AND WOMEN

The Bible celebrates the highest form of gender value displayed by God’s special creation of males and females, both of which are made in His image. Gender biologically and spiritually defines who God designs each of us to be. Men and women share equal ability, capacity, and potential, and simultaneously are entrusted and held accountable for unique responsibilities by God. Namely, men are expected by God to reflect Christ’s leadership and love of the church as the head of the family, and women reflect the submission of the church to Christ through love and leadership.

SIN

Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered and corrupted the world. The effects of sin impact all creation, including us. Sin separates us from God and from who God has designed us to be. Due to our sin, we stand guilty before God, deserve the punishment of eternal separation from Him, and are incapable of a relationship with Him without His intervention.


SALVATION

God, according to His grace, offers salvation and forgiveness of sin to us as a gift that is obtained through faith in the work of Jesus through His sacrificial death and resurrection. Those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior are born again. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit brings us from spiritual death to spiritual life. The Holy Spirit transforms us into Christlikeness.

ETERNITY

Humans have been designed to exist forever. Those who are saved by Jesus will spend eternity on the new heaven and new earth in new life under the rule and reign of Jesus, forever. Those who reject Jesus will experience the wrath of God in Hell in eternal separation.

CHURCH

A church is a localized community of baptized believers committed to one another and the mission of God who gather regularly, practice communion and baptism, and function as a family and team. Churches are led by biblically qualified pastors who equip believers to serve.

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The people of God are equipped and empowered to serve the church through special gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. Some gifts were exclusive to the prophets and apostles, such as prophecy of the future, and healing. God can miraculously move how He chooses and continues to work in the world.


COMMUNION

Communion is taken in remembrance of the work of Jesus on the cross, symbolically representing His body and blood.

BAPTISM

Baptism is an act of obedience, symbolizing a believer’s receiving of Jesus. Immersion in water represents death to a sinful life apart from Jesus and raising from water displays the gift of a new life through salvation in Jesus.

THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST

According to His promise, Jesus will return and reign on the earth and, in His time, will create a new Heaven and Earth.

THE SEPARATION OF THE CHURCH FROM THE GOVERNMENT

The responsibility of the state to the church is one of separation and zero interference to religious liberty. The church responds as an example of social responsibility in love through the rejection of injustices such as racism, greed, freeloading, and human devaluation. The church seeks peace and cooperation with all people for the sake of expansion of the Kingdom of God.

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