What We Believe

We Believe . . . 

God –There is only one God, and he exists eternally as The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere. He is completely loving and completely just. He is the creator, sustainer and definer of all things. God wants to have a personal relationship with every person.  

– Genesis 1:1; John 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ – The only son of God, Jesus became man through the miracle of a virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, taught God’s truth, was crucified, died and was buried. He was brought back to life, and was seen and recognized by many people. He returned to heaven to prepare a place for all people who trust in Him. He will return to earth to gather His followers and judge those who do not have a relationship with Him. 

– Matthew 1:18-25; John 3:16; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 4:7-10

The Holy Spirit – One with God and Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives within and empowers all followers of Christ. The Holy Spirit teaches and guides us in God’s truth and informs us when we sin. The Holy Spirit develops Christ’s character in us and helps us live in relationship with God and with other people. The Holy Spirit also provides each of us with special abilities that help us serve others, build His church and advance His Kingdom. 

– Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 6:19;
John 16:5-15; Acts 2:38 

The Bible – The Bible is the Word of God and is written revelation from Him. It was written by people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. God has guided the preservation and translation of the Bible so that, even today, we can trust what it says. The Bible is our only written revelation of God, and everything must be measured against its authority. 

– 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:21 

Humanity – All people have been created by and in the image of God, and have inherent value. However, while we were all created to have a relationship with God, every one of us has sinned and broken that relationship. That is why we need a savior. 

– Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23

Salvation – After this life, every person will live forever. Where we spend our eternity will depend on our relationship with God. As humans, we are incapable of saving ourselves, and we need a savior. Jesus Christ is that savior, and He died to pay the price our sin warranted. Because of His love for us, God extends the gift of salvation to every person. Each person is free to accept or reject His gift. We accept God’s gift by trusting in Jesus Christ. This trust is demonstrated when we: 

  • Believe: that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that He died on the cross and was resurrected 
  • Repent: recognize our sin, change direction, and conform to God’s will
  • Confess: proclaim our allegiance to Jesus.
  • Get Baptized: Jesus was baptized as a demonstration for us, and he commanded that we be baptized to show our obedience to Him. 

            – John 3:16, 14:6; Romans 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9 

The Church – The church is not a building or an organization. The church is the entire community of people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Our local church is a gathering where believers collectively encounter God, build community and extend God’s compassion to others. Each believer has been given special gifts they can use to help fulfill God’s purpose, which is to reach all people with the message of His love and grace. We believe that the local church is the hope of the world. 

– Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 28:18-20

Church Membership – Although our church welcomes everyone to our services and activities, we believe that church membership can only be offered to people who are followers of Jesus Christ and who have been baptized. Because Jesus demonstrated baptism by being completely immersed in water, we ask that our members be baptized in the same way. We also ask that members commit themselves to our church through faithful attendance, giving, and service.