what we believe
We believe in one God
God eternally exists in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is fully God yet each is personally distinct from the other.
We believe the Bible is God's unique revelation to people.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is without error in the original writings. It is the final authority in all matters to which it speaks.
We believe God has revealed Himself to humanity.
God created the heavens and the earth. He also created all people in His image. All of this reveals God as an infinite, personal Spirit. God is perfect in wisdom, power, justice, and love. God loves people and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.
We believe that people are separated from God.
While we were created to live in an intimate relationship with God, we all have violated His standards. People are born with a sinful nature which is expressed in our thoughts, words, and behavior. The consequences of this are physical death as well as continued separation from God, which is spiritual death.
We believe that Jesus Christ came to the world to reconcile us to God.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. As the begotten Son of God, Jesus lived a sinless life on earth. He willingly died on a cross to take away the sins of humankind. Because He represented all of us and took our place, we can be reconciled to God. We believe Christ's crucified body rose from the dead and went to heaven where He is now the advocate and mediator for all those who have a personal faith in Him.
We believe reconciliation to God is a gift.
God offers salvation from the consequences of our sin by His grace and we receive this gift by trusting in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf. We can not earn it through personal goodness or human effort. The reconciling work of Jesus Christ makes those who put their trust in Christ children of God and heirs of eternal life (the Bible calls these people believers).
We believe the Holy Spirit is the life of every believer.
When a person begins a relationship of trust in Jesus Christ, they begin a new life with the Holy Spirit in them. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer for ministry by giving spiritual gifts with which to serve the Church and bring hope to the world. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin and draws people to Christ.
We believe that God and humanity have an open and declared enemy.
Satan is the cause of the fall of humankind and the author of sin. Satan is working to destroy the souls of all people and prevent the restoration that God desires. Satan and his angels will be defeated and will eternally perish in a place the Bible calls "The Lake of Fire." By reading the Bible, praying, using our spiritual gifts, and living out our faith, we--as believers--can overcome the powers of evil led by Satan.
We believe Jesus is coming to earth again.
Jesus will consummate history by physically returning to earth. He will raise the dead, judge the world, and establish His kingdom. Those who reject Christ will remain separated from God and suffer everlasting conscious punishment in hell. Believers will be received in His loving presence for all eternity.
We believe the Church is the primary instrument of God for the extension of His kingdom today.
The purpose of the church is to bring glory to God by developing devoted followers of Christ. All believers are members of the church universal called the Body of Christ. The local expression of that body is where people gather for worship, prayer, instruction, and community with each other. We believe Jesus committed two sacred practices to the Church--baptism and communion. We respect the variations in the observance of these practices among different churches and affirm the unity of the Body of Christ. We baptize by sprinkling and/or immersion those who have trusted in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf. We invite all believers to celebrate communion with us.