What We Believe…

The Bible is real, relevant, authentic, and reliable. It is the inspired Word of God without error. It is the only source for faith, and reveals both who God is and who we are. Scripture is our final authority on doctrine, discipline and life.

The Bible states that there is only one God. He is the creator of all, sustainer of all, all knowing, all powerful, and ever present. The Scripture further reveals that God was made known to man in Jesus Christ. Jesus is Emmanuel  God with us. He is at once the Son of Man and the Son of God. Jesus was born of a virgin miraculously, crucified innocently, died mortally, and resurrected to life victoriously. The Bible tells us that Jesus is our one and only savior. All who place their trust in Him, He will fill with His victorious Spirit.

The Bible teaches that trusting Jesus to be your Savior means that we must be born again. To be born again we must acknowledge our sinfulness. We all have sin, we all fall short of God’s holiness. Our sins are the culmination of decisions to follow our selfish, stubborn and rebellious ways. Repentance is when we turn from those ways to follow the way, Jesus Christ. We all are invited to repent by faith. Jesus told us that we must be born of the water and the Spirit. Our faith will lead us from repentance to baptism. Baptism immerses our old ways in the name of Jesus Christ, that we might identify with His death, and arise with a clean conscience a new creation. To that, we are PROMISED that we will be filled with the Holy Spirit, just like the early church.

Scripture teaches that those who are born again are called the Church. They are to model their lives after Jesus Christ. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are to be nurtured and seen in the Church. We are called to live as God sees us, holy, pure and righteous. We do this by letting His Spirit influence our daily lives. Scripture calls us to separate from this world and run toward God. Faith living is living submitted to the Lord, His Word, letting Him guide our every step.

 The Bible recorded the early church miracles, prophecy, speaking in other languages, healings, and much more. There is no recorded end to these gifts, and should be demonstrated in the modern church.

 Because of God’s lavish love we express ourselves vibrantly in worship. Worship goes beyond our weekly gatherings but bleeds over into all areas of life. God created us for His pleasure, so we carefully determine what would please Him in our lives.

The Bible is clear that we will all face Jesus at judgement. For those who chose to trust Him there is an eternal reward, a new heaven and new earth where Jesus dwells with the faithful from all generations. For those who reject Him there is eternal punishment apart from Jesus, where there is torment, darkness, and no escape. It is because of these realities we are commanded to, “GO!” We are to tell everyone of the greatest news to ever be heard – anyone, everyone, can be right with God. That is our message, it was the message of the apostles….it was the message from God that became flesh, Jesus.