"What We Believe"
In essential beliefs "We have unity" (Eph. 4:4-6)
In non-essential beliefs "We have liberty" (Romans. 14)
In all our beliefs "We have Love" (I Cor. 13:2)
The One True God
We believe in the one eternal God. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are one God and this is commonly called The Holy Trinity.
(I Cor. 8:6, Eph. 4:6, Mark 12:29)
The Son of God
Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. God took upon Himself the form of man, and was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless life; nevertheless He took on the sins of all people by dying on the cross. Jesus arose from the dead after three days, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He is coming again at which time we shall go to be with Him forever.
(John 3:16; I Timothy. 2:5; Rev. 1:8)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and the Son of God. He lives in the life of every Christian from the moment of salvation. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians receive power to understand the word of God and to live in a Christ-like manner. As Christians, we are to be led by the Holy Spirit in our daily activities.
(2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 3:16; Gal. 5:25)
We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope, and all instruction for the church must be based upon, and harmonize with, the Bible. It is to be read and studied by all.
(II Timothy. 3:16; II Peter. 1:20-21)
The Creation of Man and His Fall
In the beginning, God created man innocent and pure; but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve, the first of the human race, fell from their sinless state, and God banished them from The Garden of Eden. Because of their disobedience, sin entered into the world, and the whole world is deemed guilty of sin.
(Genesis. 1:27; Romans. 3:23; 5:12)
Salvation is a free gift from God, and we obtain salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord of our life and genuinely believing that God raised Jesus from the grave. Once we our saved, we are no longer under the law of sin and death.
Eternal life begins upon a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord by faith. Once we have been genuinely saved, our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God through our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, not by our human efforts.
(Romans. 6:23; 8:1; 10:9-10; John 3:16; 1 John 2:1-3)
Grace of God
We believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The word “Grace” means favor and God offers this grace to us as a free gift; it cannot be earned. When a Christian sins against God, it is through God’s grace that we are forgiven, not because of anything we did or could do, but because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross and miraculous resurrection.
We do not believe, however, that God’s grace encourages a person to willingly continue in sin. To the contrary, we believe that God’s grace teaches us that we are to live a holy life here on earth. Grace is not a license to sin, but the basis for continued salvation when we do sin.
(Eph. 2:8-9; Titus. 2:11-12; John 1:17).
The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have received the salvation of Jesus Christ. Jesus was baptized this way by John the Baptist and we continue to practice His example today.
(Matthew. 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Acts 2:38; 10:48)
The Lord’s Supper
On the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, He ate the Passover supper with His apostles, after which He broke bread and gave it to His disciples, and shared the fruit of the vine with them. Today, this ceremony is commonly known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion. In remembrance of the Lord, we partake of the Lord’s Supper.
(Luke. 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-24)