What We Believe

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God’s grace delivered through his Son, Jesus. Humanity can never save itself by doing good or through self-improvement. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from the penalty of sin. When we trust Jesus and give Him our lives, we are assured of His continued presence and work in us until the day of His return.

(Philippians 1:6)

God is the one and only true God, eternal, perfect and infinite in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, mercy, righteousness and power; transcen- dent above the world as its Creator, yet immanent in the world as the Preserver of all things. God is self-existent and self-revealing in three divine Persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–who are distinct in function, but equal in power and glory.

The Father is revealed in Scripture as a person of the triune Godhead. His existence and power are revealed in creation and in the function of the human conscience. He sent His Son into the world for the salvation of the world in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed and addressed Him as His Father. He is a Father in a personal relationship to all who confess and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

(Deut. 6:4, I Tim. 1:17, I Tim. 2:5, Heb. 11:3, Ex. 34:6-7, Gen. 1:1-2:3, Matt. 3:13-17, II Cor. 13:14, John 3:16, John 14:9-12, I John 3:1-2)

Jesus Christ is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit in the triune Godhead, the eternal Word and divine Son of God. Before His incarnation, He was eternally with God the Father and was God. In regard to His humanity, He was miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit without a human Father, was born of a virgin, took on true humanity, and thus was fully human and fully divine. In His incarnation, He lived a perfect life on earth and revealed the invisible God perfectly. He gave Himself in death upon the cross as a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world, by which He paid the price of redemption, thus satisfying both the righteousness and the love of God. He was raised from the dead, glorified in the body in which He had suffered and died, ascended into heaven, is at the right hand of the Father, and makes intercession for us. He is the only Savior and Lord of the church and the universe.

(John 1:1-4,14,18, John 14:5-10, Col. 1:15-17, Matt. 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-35, Phil. 2:5-11, Heb. 1:3,4, II Cor. 5:19-21, Mark 10:45, Rom. 3:21-26, Rom. 5:9-11, Isa. 53:4-12, I Cor. 15:3,4, I Pet. 2:24, Acts 1:9-11, Rom. 8:33,34, Heb. 7:25, Heb. 9:24, Phil. 2:10,11, Col. 1:19-21)

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and with the Son in the triune Godhead and possesses all of the distinctively divine attributes. He is God, present and active in the world, ministering. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to believers, in whom He resides. He ministers comfort, assur- ance, guidance, and victory. He is the agent of sanctification in the believer’s life, producing progressive growth in Spirit-fruit. He empowers believers and works through them in the distribution, manifestation, and ministry of spiritual gifts.

(Gen. 1:1-2, Acts 5:3,4, II Cor. 13:14, John 16:7-11, I Cor. 6:17-20, Eph. 3:14-19, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:16,26, Rom. 8:1-17, Acts 4:31, I Pet. 1:2, I Cor. 2:12-14, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 1:13,14, I Cor. 12:7-11, Eph. 4:30, Rom. 15:18,19)

The Scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, are the Word of God, a supernatural revelation from God to mankind, inspired by the Holy Spirit through human authorship. They are a God given record of the incarnational revelation of God in Christ and a written disclo- sure of God’s will and plan for mankind.

(I Pet. 1:10-12, Matt. 5:17,18, John 5:45-47, I Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:20,21, Ps. 119:1-60, John 10:35, Heb 1:1,2, Luke 24:25-27, Luke 24:44-47, John 5:39, II Pet. 3:15-16, Heb. 8:7-13)

Creation is a good and supernatural work of God, who is the creator of all things, visible and invisible. Creation is the explanation of the origin and existence of all things, including the material universe, the spiritual cosmos, and those beings which by free will rebelled against God and chose an attitude and condition of evil.

(Gen. 1,2, Heb. 11:3, Isa. 40:26, Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16, Rev. 4:11)

The apostle Paul, writing in 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

This seems to indicate that our giving is not only a reflection of our understanding of generosity, but it is, also, a posture of our heart. So, what is the right amount…5%, 10%, 20%, 50%? Actually, you get to decide. We are free, live into that freedom. Both Jesus and Paul set a standard of grace, but 10% is a great place to start. Just start.

Ultimately, we choose to be contributors, not just consumers, and this means that we give to this work financially and with our time and energy.

(Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 6:6)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.