Beliefs

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What We Believe…

About God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe.  He is close to all people and involved in all created things yet he is outside of and superior to his finite creation.  He is the source of all life. God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.  God is love.  He is righteous and loves justice.  He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:10; Psalm 9:8; Psalm 89:14; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 93:2; Psalm 103:8; Matthew 28:19; John 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:8;

About Man

Man is made in the spiritual image of God both male and female to be like him in character. Humanity is the finale of God’s creation and given work to do to rule, manage and cultivate God’s earth, to have fellowship with him and to worship him. Man’s disobedience toward God, called “sin,” separates man from God.

Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2:15; Gen 3:8; Gen 4:4; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23

About Eternity

Man is a created being but intended to exist forever.  He will choose to exist eternally separated from God because of sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is hell.  To be eternally with God is eternal life.  Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is eternal and existed before his incarnation and before the creation of the world.  He has two distinct natures: fully divine and fully human.  He is the visible representation of God the Father.  Jesus came to earth to reconcile humanity with the Father.  He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. After three days, he arose from the dead proving his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and one day will return again to earth and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

John 1:1-5; John 14:9-13; John 17:5; Hebrews 4:14, 15; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13; Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift of God freely given to anyone who believes so that no one may boast.  We cannot work for it, we cannot earn it. It is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.  Salvation means for those who believe in Jesus Christ, being saved from sin’s penalty, reconcilled with God, offered forgiveness of guilt and released of condemnation.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:23; John 3:16; John 14:6, John 1:12; Hebrews 10:14; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:8-10; Romans 5:1

About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  The Holy Spirit is not as clearly revealed in the Old Testament but he inspired the men to write the scriptures, equipped the Israelites to build the tabernacle, minister and prophesy, lead and win in battle.  He is present in the world today to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He gives the Christian power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance to do what is right.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; John 15:26; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1; Numbers 11:17-26; Numbers 27:18; Judges 6:34

About The Bible

The Bible is God’s word to all men. It is God’s primary means of communication to us because it provides a permanent record of what God intends for humans to know about him, his works and his plan.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Since it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

Luke 21:33; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5