What We Believe
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the infallible word of God in its original manuscripts. It reveals God's character, His will and teaches us how to experience intimacy with Him. It outlines how to live a godly life and effectively serve our fellow man. God wrote the Bible through individuals who He directly inspired; many of these authors never physically met, yet wrote in perfect harmony with one another. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
GOD - There is only one true God, who eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son(Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16; Matthew 17:5; Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 1:35; John 1; John 10:29-30, 37-38; John 17:3; James 2:19; Acts 5:3-4; Acts 20:28).
JESUS CHRIST - According to scripture, Jesus is God incarnate; fully divine, yet fully human. He was miraculously born to a virgin named Mary, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of mankind, was resurrected three days after his crucifixion, ascended to Heaven where He intercedes as High Priest on our behalf and is a King who will soon to return for His followers. He is the epitome of servanthood and the supreme example of selflessness (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1, 14, 18; 14:8-9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 1:1, 2; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 4:15; Philippians 2:5, 6; John 1:1-3, 14; Hebrews 7:26).
THE HOLY SPIRIT - After His ascension to Heaven, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the earth. While on earth, the Holy Spirit draws men and women to repentance of sin, regenerates our hearts to salvation, seals us until Christ's return, and equips and empowers us to live godly and fruitful lives. The Holy Spirit also gives us spiritual gifts, primarily for service and the edifying of believers. We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gifts and grace of God given to them, in love (John 16:8; 13:15; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:22; 4:11-12; Romans 8:9-17; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13, 19; Galatians 5:25; Hebrews 2:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12).
SALVATION - We believe that we are born spiritually dead because of sin and consequently are in need of rebirth. By His grace, God saves us from this depraved condition by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus alone. We are not capable of saving ourselves, therefore nothing we do can earn our salvation: it is a free gift, sovereignly given to us by a good and loving God (John 3:16; John 14:6; John 15:15; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 8:1; Tutus 3:5, 6).
THE CHURCH - We believe that the church is God's most powerful vehicle for evangelism on the Earth. Through it, He establishes His spiritual Kingdom and demonstrates His love to the world. The church is not abuilding; rather, it is a body of Jesus-followers who live in community, loving and serving God, one another and all in their sphere of influence. The universal church, as established by Jesus, is comprised of anyone, anywhere in the world who puts faith in Him. Local churches are an expression of the global church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).
THE RETURN OF CHRIST - Jesus will return personally and visibly to earth to establish His physical, eternal Kingdom. Those who are saved will spend eternity with Jesus; unbelievers, however, will experience eternal punishment and separation from God, in hell (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Hebrews 10:25; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:1-6; Revelation 20:7, 11-15).