OUR ESSENTIAL BELIEFS ABOUT GOD AREN’T JUST THEORETICAL. THEY SHAPE OUR LIVES AND ACTIONS.
BIBLE: God Wrote a Book.
TRINITY: God: Three in One
GOD THE FATHER: God is Great and Good.
GOD THE SON: God Became Human.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT: God is Always Present.
HUMANITY: God’s Image Bearers
REPENTANCE: God Turns Our Hearts and Lives to Him.
SALVATION: God’s Gift
SANCTIFICATION: God Conforms Us to the Image of Christ.
CHURCH: God’s Design for Discipleship
RESTORATION: God’s Kingdom Come
FAITH AND PRACTICE: God’s Passion for Unity in Essential Beliefs and Practices
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God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, each is co-eternal in being and nature and co-equal in power, having the same attributes and perfections.Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,3; 4:24, 5:26; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 9:5; II Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:5,6 Colossians 1:16-20, 2:9; Hebrews 3:7-11; I Peter 1:17
Note: Though the word Trinity is not found in the Scriptures, this term is used to convey the collective nature of the being of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as revealed in His Word.
God is great: God is all powerful, all knowing, the Creator of all that is, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. Because He is righteous, we can trust Him as the ultimate Judge of moral authority and He deserves our reverence. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: God is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. He genuinely cares and is concerned about each of His creations.Job 22:2-3; 34:10; Psalm 139; Isaiah 55:6-11; Daniel 3:26-28; Hosea 1:6-7; 2:21-22; Matthew 4:4; 23:9; Luke 10:21-22; John 3:16; 6:27; Acts 17:24-28; 31: Colossians 1:16-20; Revelation 1:4-6: Romans 1:7; 4:19-21; I Timothy1:1-2;2:5,6; I Peter 1:3
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully divine and fully human, the eternal and pre-existent Word. He lived a sinless life, performed many signs and wonders, and taught the words of eternal life. By his death, Christ made full atonement for our sins, and by His resurrection, He showed Himself to be the Lord and giver of life to all who believe.Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1-18; 8:46-47; 20:28,30-31; Romans 9:5; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1:16-20
Salvation is found in and through Jesus Christ and Him alone. It is only because of His blood, shed on the cross, that we may approach the throne of grace and receive pardon for our sins from the Father. He was raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that we could have life. He appeared to His disciples in His resurrected physical body. He later ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father and is perpetually interceding for the saints (believers). One day, He will return to usher in the final stage of redemptive history. When He does, every knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Acts 1:11, 2:29-36, 3:16-21, 4:10-12 ; I Corinthians 15:1-28; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 7:25; 9:28; I Timothy 3:16; I Peter 2:21-23; Revelation 5:12-14
God is always present. The presence of Holy Spirit makes us aware of our need for Jesus. At the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer and His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, convicts, comforts us and exalts Christ. He empowers believers to conform to the image of Christ (the Fruit of the Spirit is evidence of this transformation) and to give powerful witness of Christ in word and deed. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift (a divine tool for ministry) to serve others, reach the world and build up Christ’s Church.Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11, 139:7; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13; John 15:26: 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27: I Corinthians 3:16, 12:1-13; Galatians 5:22-24; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Peter 4:10; II Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17
Note: While the Holy Spirit is the one who gives us our spiritual gift(s), it is the job of each believer to develop them and faithfully use them to build Christ’s Church and Kingdom.
Humans are made in the image of God. Unfortunately, that image was broken and marred, first by the disobedience of Adam and Eve and then by our own disobedience. This disobedience is called “sin”. Sin separates us from God, leaves us unable to remedy our condition, and prevents us from reaching our full potential with and for God.Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7, 18-19, 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-6, 32:1-5, 51:5; Isaiah 6:5, 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 1:19-31, 3:10-18, 23; 5:6,12-21; Colossians 1:21, 3:9-11
Repentance is turning from our sin and handing every area of our hearts and lives to God, thus opening us to receive God’s forgiveness and salvation.Mark 1:15; Acts 2:21; 3:19; 26:20; I John 1:9
Salvation, bought with the price of Jesus’ death on the cross, offered to us by grace alone, and received by faith alone, is a gift from God to all who will receive it. Salvation is not earned by good works or deeds. It is a free gift that redeems us, forgives us, justifies us, ends our separation from God, adopts us into God’s family as sons and daughters, calls and empowers us to be on mission with Him, and puts us on the path to reach our full potential with and for God through sanctification.Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:6-7; Matthew 1:21; 22:37-38; 27:22-28:6; 28:18-20; John 1:12; 14:6; Acts 1:8; 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:23, 8:1-39; 10:9-10; I Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20, 3:13-14, 26; Ephesians 2:8-22; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; I John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20
John 15:12; Romans 8:29, 12:5-8, 14:13; 15:14; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Timothy 4:1-8; Hebrews 2:11, 10:24-25
The church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. It is committed to the person and teachings of Jesus, to obeying all of His commandments, and to going into the world (locally and globally) to make disciples. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ in word and deed. Such believers possess a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. They are in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, follow the Lord in baptism, share in the Lord’s Supper, gather regularly for worship, celebrate Christian Marriage* and care for one another in mutual support and edification. The Church, as a community empowered by God’s love and Spirit, demonstrates and declares the love and message of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling grace, invites people to experience God’s love through an authentic loving community, receives salvation by faith and follows Jesus as His disciples. As disciples, we seek Life for our family, friends, neighbors, and world.Matthew 16:15-19; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 14:27; 16:30-33; Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 6:19-20; 11:23-26; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:8-12; I Timothy 2:1-7, 3:15-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; James 1:27; 2:8
Note: We believe Christian Marriage is a unique covenant relationship between a man and a woman instituted by and publically entered into before God.
The Scripture declares that one day Christ will return. On that day, He will exercise His role as final judge, and His kingdom will be consummated. There will be a bodily resurrection of both those who have been justified through faith in Christ and those that haven’t. On that day, those who have said “No” to Christ’s invitation to follow Him will be given their desire to live eternally separated from God by a separation the Scriptures call Hell. Those who said “Yes” to Christ, experiencing His justification, will forever live in the wonder and beauty of Christ’s love and presence in the new heaven and on the new Earth. On the Day of Judgment, the Church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering, and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its effects forever banished.Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; ; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15-18; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15
“There is one Body and one Spirit…One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.”
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputing matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God…So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”
“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith that can move mountains…but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”