What We Believe
Statement of Faith
There is only one true God, Yahweh, who is the eternal King, Redeemer, and Creator (Deuteronomy 4:35, 1 Corinthians 8:5-6).
He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent, one Being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (John 10:30, John 15:26, John 4:24).
The Bible is the only universally infallible, inspired, and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 1:1).
God created humankind in His image to know and enjoy Him; and to honor Him by stewarding His creation. We have each willfully rejected the Lordship and standards of God. Because of our rejection, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world, and now, creation experiences the effects and consequences of man’s sin (Isaiah 53:3-5).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God—the firstborn over all creation and the firstborn among many brethren. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One (Messiah). During His earthly ministry, He was empowered by the Holy Spirit to embody and establish God’s eternal Kingdom on Earth (Romans 8:29, Luke 3:21-22).
Jesus was crucified as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected, ascended into heaven, and is alive today, seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for His people. Jesus is wholly God and wholly man (Ephesians 2:6, Romans 8:34).
We are saved by God’s grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be brought into fellowship with God by repenting of dead works, trusting in the sufficiency of the atoning sacrifice of Christ, and receiving Him as his or her Savior and Lord (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Putting our faith in Christ is the only means by which sinful men can be brought into right relationship with God (Ephesians 2:13, Ephesians 3:12).
The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy--sin, deception, sickness, lack, and torment (Ephesians 2:19-22).
The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and adopts us as God’s sons and daughters. His work in the life of the believer is to teach and equip us to better embody the character and power of Christ in the earth (Romans 8:12-17).
The Holy Spirit sanctifies and dwells in us, enabling us to live holy lives and to minister supernaturally (1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 John 2:27).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is poured out on believers so that they might have the power to bear effective witness to the Gospel and the glory of Christ Jesus (Acts 1:4-8, Acts 2:4).
The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus gave His church the sacraments of baptism and communion as a means by which to align with and publicly profess allegiance to Him alone (Acts 2:23-26, Acts 22:16).
The Church exists as an extension of the ministry of Jesus Christ, to further advance His Kingdom by preaching and living the good news of God’s love, making disciples of nations; baptizing, and teaching those in our sphere of influence how to love and obey God (John 13:34-35, Matthew 28:19-20).
Based on the redemptive work of Christ, the Holy Spirit joins God’s people (the Church) together as family in Christ, to glorify God by loving each other, and encouraging each other toward love and good deeds, as we await the final consummation of all things, when the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our God (1 Corinthians 12:12, Revelation 11:15).
Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost. Those who have trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior will go on to everlasting life, and those who have rejected the lordship of Jesus, to everlasting death (Matthew 25:31-46).