What We Believe

What We Believe

Core Values

  1. The Bible is the authority for life and the inspired Word of God.
  2. God guides us through His Word (The Bible), the Holy Spirit, prayer, and worship.
  3. Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey.
  4. Home is the best place for discipleship.
  5. Life happens best in community.
  6. Every believer is gifted to serve Christ with excellence.
  7. All believers use their influence in the world for Christ.
  8. Restore people to a right relationship with God and others.

 

Core Beliefs

We believe in one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Matthew 3:16-17; 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 4:24; 14:9; 14:16-20; Genesis 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Corinthians 13:14

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible. Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son. John 1:14; 3:16; I John4.9; II Peter 3:18

Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. Matthew 1:18; 21:11; John 1:14; 19:19; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; I John 1:1; Luke 1:26-38

Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate. Luke 23:1-46

Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Luke 23:44; 24:8; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8

Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, and Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1

Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead. Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; I Peter 4:5

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Living God, who is an active and operative part of the triune God, who draws people to Christ and who lives in every person who has received Christ. John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; 2:38; Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:14

We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error. As such it is our final authority for all matters of faith and Christian practice. Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; I Corinthians 2:12-13; II Timothy 3:14-16; II Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12

We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 6:23

We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. This free gift of forgiveness is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7

We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ publicly and being immersed (baptism) into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation. Romans 5:1-2; 6:1-7; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21

We believe that full immersion under water is the prescribed mode of baptism as indicated by Jesus’ own example and command, and best depicts our union in His death, burial, and resurrection. Mark 1:9-10; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ that is the body and bride of Christ on earth, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere. Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47

We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation. Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4

We believe the death seals the eternity of each person. Those who are forgiven will spend eternity with God in Heaven, those not forgiven will be eternally separated from God in hell. Hebrews 9:27; John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Acts 17:31

We believe that Jesus will return to earth physically a second time. Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16

We believe we are Christians only, but not the only Christians. Romans 10; Acts 15:1-21; Mk 9:38-41; John 14:6

We believe we are called to unity among all believers and to seek unity in all things. 1 Corinthians 1:10; 12:12-31; Philippians 2:1-2; Colossians 3:14; Ephesians 4:1-6