Every church has a foundational belief structure. Yes, this may be the boring, “dry as crackers” section of the website, but what a church holds to and teaches is important. It sets the stage for everything that is done. So take a look and read over this brief summary of our beliefs.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21)
God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, – three Persons and yet one God. (Genesis 1:1; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man to redeem us. He was born of a virgin and is true God and true man. (John 1:1-2; I John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:26-28)
The Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son. He is present in the world to convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides the Christian with power for living. (II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16-17; Romans 8:14-27)
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race with an inherited sinful nature. (Genesis 2:16, Genesis 3:16-19, Romans 3:10-23, Romans 6:23)
Salvation is the free gift of God, neither earned nor secured by any work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in Him that all true believers have as a present possession, the gift of eternal life. Apart from Jesus Christ there is no possible salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10, 13)
The return of Jesus Christ from Heaven will be personal, visible, and glorious, a blessed Hope for which we should constantly watch and pray. The time of His return is unrevealed, but always imminent. When He comes, He will first by resurrection of the dead and the catching away of the living, remove from the earth the saved, then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world. Afterwards, He will descend with His church and establish His glorious kingdom over all the nations. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:6)