Faith Statement-Who we Are, What We Believe...
GOD IN THREE PERSONS
There is one and only one living and true God. He is intelligent spiritual and personal. Being the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being. Romans 8, Ephesians 1:13-14.
GOD THE FATHER
God as Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all loving, all just, all wise and all powerful. He is the true God and the One who judges righteously and test the heart and mind. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men. Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:2; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1st Peter 1:2; 2nd Corinthians 13:14.
GOD THE SON
God as Son is the perfect representation for the Father in human form. He is fully human and fully divine. He is equal with God the Father but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and became obedient to a death on a cross. He knew that only through the shedding of His blood would the sinless Lamb of God be able to secure forgiveness and remission of sins. He arose on the third day following His death as He declared and now lives and reigns with the Father in glory awaiting His final triumphant return. He lives in all believers as the living, ever present Lord. Yes, he is God in human flesh. He came this way so he could truly understand our “human-ness.” Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1st Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
God as Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and unrighteousness, works in the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself, in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor. Each of us receive His constant presence in our lives when we are baptized and He is with us forever. 2nd Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25.
Humans, man and woman was created by the special work of God, in His image and we are the finest of the creation - God said, "It is very good!" Man/woman were created innocent but it was due to “free-choice” that we sinned against God and fell from our original state. Because Christ died for all, every person is worthy of respect in Christian love.Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:3-6; Is. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God and shows us His goodness. All who have accepted Christ and his act of love for them on the Cross are set apart from sin and will never fall from grace but will endure with Christ to the end. Believers may sin and grieve the Holy Spirit, but they will be kept close by the power of God. Esther 2:16-17; Jeremiah 31:2-3; 2nd Corinthians 12:8-9; Hebrews 4:16; Acts 4:33; John 1:15-17; Romans 1:1-5; Romans 3:20-24; 1st Peter 5:10; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:4-9.
When one becomes a believer, he is free from sin's penalty of death but not from sin's power. A battle rages within the believer between the carnal and spiritual natures. When the believer confesses sin, Christ forgives and cleanses from sin. Sinning grieves the Holy Spirit, brings shame on the cause of Christ, hinders a believer's relationship with God and others and causes the believer to endure the consequences of sin. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-18, 22-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 4:1-3,22-24.
The church is a group of believers brought together by the Spirit of God to carry out the Great Commandment by practicing the Great Commission and observing the two ordinances of the church - baptism and the Lord's Supper. Each church is an autonomous body operating under the leadership of Christ as the Head of the Church. Col. 1:18; Eph. 4:4-6; Acts 1:5, 11:15-16; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Mt. 16:18, 28:19; 1 Cor. 11:24-26.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has occurred in the life of the believer. It is an identification with Christ by picturing his death, burial and resurrection. It is the first commandment a Christian is given from the Lord Jesus. Through the act of Baptism, getting wet, hearing God's Word and faith in believing Jesus is “present” one receives the gifts of: forgiveness, the promise of eternal life and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 61:1, Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 1:35, John 5:21-23, John 14:10, John 14:16, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 1:8-10, James 2:19.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper is an opportunity for personal examination and reflection as we observe the "Lord's death until He comes." It is through the bread and wine that Christ “presents” his body and blood, which were broken and spilled out for our salvation. He told us to do this in "remembrance" of Him as often as we can until He comes again. Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.
We must see worship from two sides - adoration and service. Worship could be defined as pure adoration, the redeemed person contemplating and praising God in His holy perfection. Reverential adoration and committed service are both prominent expressions of the biblical concept of worship. True worship involves a willingness to serve in genuine service to God and must be accompanied by a sense of reverence and adoration. Psalm 107:1; John 4:23; Psalm 81:1-2.
Ministering as a disciple calls for us to know the will of God and to know our own interests, resources and skills. Such knowledge can be helped by human tests and analysis, but it is basically a spiritual knowledge revealed by God, the Creator, and Giver of personal skills. Many Christians are in spiritual poverty, unaware of the potential that God has given them. They are unaware of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that they have. Their gifts lie like unwrapped presents, unused and neglected. Their potential for Christian ministry is squandered. The needs of our world are too great for us to allow any spiritual gift to be wasted. You unwrap your gifts and dedicate them and yourselves to the ministries God has for you. 1st Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:4-7; 1st Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:6-8.
Jesus wants a relationship with you! Salvation is the gift of God for all humanity and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior! Jesus took our place on the Cross & shed His own blood for our sin that we might be rightly related to God. 1st John 4:12; Titus 3:5; 1st Peter 1:3-5; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7. If you would like to know more about Salvation, contact us today!
We believe that the mission of the church is to reveal the good news of Jesus to a lost world. This is done through loving one another within the church, loving those outside of the church and through the verbal proclamation of the gospel. John 20:21; Matt. 28:18-20; Phil 2:1-10.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. 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. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 119:160; Proverbs 30:5.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16, Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15.