What We Believe
We believe the Scriptures tell the true story of God, man, sin redemption, and reconciliation. Comprised of both the Old and New Testaments, it is God-breathed, God-inspired, inerrant in the original writings, and infallible. It is the sole authority for discerning the will of God and leading man into relationship with Jesus through salvation.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
The Trinity (Godhead)
We believe there is only one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons of God have one nature which is self-existent, self-sufficient, free, unified, timeless, perfect, unchanging, all-knowing, all-present, true, faithful, wise, good, righteous, just, merciful, gracious, patient, love, and beautiful. The holy triune God is worthy of our life, obedience, worship, and trust.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe the Father is coequal and coeternal to the Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator, sovereign ruler, and sustainer of all things. He is father over all creation and to all creation. The Father adopts as His children, through Jesus, all humanity who He calls to Himself.
Psalm 146:6-7; Romans 8:12-17; John 17:24
Jesus (The Son)
We believe Jesus Christ is the coequal, coeternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God. He was completely God and completely man, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary to reveal God to mankind. Jesus lived a perfect life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice on the cross for the sin of the world. The Father raised Jesus from the dead three days later revealing His victory over sin, death, and hell. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven where He sits as High Priest at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us and awaiting His return to the earth to judge the living and the dead.
John 1:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:1-5; 1 Peter 4:5
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is coequal and coeternal to the Father and Son. He is present and active in the world and in the hearts of believers in Jesus. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Jesus Christ. The Spirit seals and indwells believers being their assurance and comforter until the day of redemption.
John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9
Man & Sin
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God. The image of God consists of personality, ability to discern good and evil, capacity to rule, and capacity for relationship. The image was distorted when sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience and rebellion against God. Through Adam’s rebellion all mankind inherited a sin nature and are separated from God. We believe man is totally depraved and apart from Jesus is unable to remedy his sin condition. Man’s only hope is the Gospel.
Gen. 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe the Gospel is Jesus Christ. It is revealed through His birth, life, death, and resurrection. The birth of Jesus reveals his full humanity (allowing us to relate to Him) and divinity (making Him the perfect sacrifice). The life of Jesus reveals His purpose and mission. The crux of the Gospel is when Jesus offered himself up as a sacrificial, substitutionary atonement to God on the cross for our sins. The resurrection of Jesus reveals his victory over sin, death, hell, and Satan. The Scriptures teach there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus. He is the only mediator between God and man and it is through Him alone we can have a relationship with God. The Gospel is the ‘Good News’ because it gives life, relationship, hope, and purpose.
Romans 3:22-23; Gal. 3:6-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 15
Man’s Response to the Gospel
We believe that man’s response to the Gospel is God gave us the Gospel by His grace, and it can only be received through personal faith in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is motivated by the love of God and received by faith apart from any religion or works. All who repent and believe in Jesus are saved from their sins, sealed with the Holy Spirit, given access to God, released from the power of sin, and given the responsibility of carrying out Jesus’ mission of reconciliation. The Gospel is not a one-time need or event, but a life transformation.
John 1:12; Eph. 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19
We believe God gave believers and the world the gift of the church. The church has two expressions: universal and local. The universal church, which is the body of Christ, is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers throughout the world and history. The local church is the visible manifestation of the universal church to the world. The church’s purpose is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, its foundation and cornerstone. Jesus showed us how to live on this earth and gave the gift of the church to the world to continue His message of reconciliation of all things including mankind, the city, and the world.
*Ephesians 1:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 *