WHAT WE BELIEVEThese are the fundamentals of what we teach
As a church we are passionate about Jesus; we teach from the Bible and we love to worship God as the creator of the universe. We look for genuine encounters with Jesus because we know that it’s only through Christ that we are healed, renewed, set free, forgiven, transformed and unconditionally loved. It’s our privilege to share our faith and hope with the world.
WE BELIEVE THAT:
God: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is the giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible: The bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
Mankind: All people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.
Salvation: Is a free gift, based fully on the merits of the life, death and the ultimate defeat of death by Jesus Christ, God’s son. Salvation is a gift of grace, received only by faith not by any other means. Salvation occurs the moment we chose to believe in the finished work of Jesus and make a decision to turn away from our sin filled life and embrace his gift of a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit. The new life in Christ ensures us a new and permanent position in God’s family through the act of adoption that makes us children of God with an eternal inheritance. Salvation is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.
Baptism: Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness.”
Christ Will Return: The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
Eternity: People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in a physical place called Hell or eternally in a union with God through forgiveness and salvation in a physical place called Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
Marriage: The bible is clear on the definition of marriage. In the Old Testament we see that God established the criteria in which a marriage would be between a man and woman. In the New Testament we see God’s same criteria and original intent for marriage clearly established. As a Christ-centered community, our viewpoint of marriage, especially within our modern progressive culture of today, has not deviated from God’s original design. We consider the institute of marriage as a holy sacrament and solemn practice of the church to bless a covenant union between a man and a woman as clearly defined in scripture. As a community of faith we acknowledge that we are a community within a community; and the larger governing community in our nation have chosen a different viewpoint on marriage than we do and as such have redefined the traditional model of marriage to include same sex relationships. As a community, we we do not believe that this model fulfills the acceptable criteria of God’s original intent for marriage and as such we cannot (in good conscience) accept, condone or endorse these alternative relationship connections as God ordained alternatives for a Christian marriage. However, as a church that highly values the good news message of God’s amazing grace and His incredible love for all people; we warmly welcome all people regardless of sexual orientation or life-style choices who are seeking to discover the reality of Christ and the fullness of life that He offers freely to all.