What We Believe

The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the perfect Word of God, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the final word in all matters related to faith. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; 20:31; Acts 20:32.)


The One True God

We believe that there is one true God, eternally existing as one nature in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Trinity exist in perfect unity and equality for all eternity. (Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6.)


Man and his Fall

We believe that God made man and woman in His image in order that we may have fellowship with Him and enjoy Him forever. Man rebelled after being tempted by Satan and caused sin to enter the world. Because of this sin, we all live in a Creation that has been twisted by sin, we all carry Adam’s sin nature in us, and we are incapable of returning to God on our own. (Genesis 3:1-24; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12-14.)


We believe that salvation from our sin and from the wrath of God is through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died the death that we deserved so that we may know true life both in this life and in the life to come. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; 5:2; 17:17-19, 22; Romans 3:21-28; 5:1-2; 6:1-23; 8:1-14; 8:17-18,30; 9:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:18; 2:4-5; Colossians 1:27; 3:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-13; James 1:17-18; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 3:9; 5:1.)

Salvation


We believe the Church Universal is made up of every Christian who has ever lived. We believe that a local church is a regional expression of the Universal body of believers. The local church should, therefore, limit membership to those who openly profess faith in Christ and demonstrate that faith in their lives. The local church gathers together for fellowship, administration of the sacraments, and teaching. The church then disperses to further the Kingdom of God in their neighborhood. (John 6:39; Acts 1:8; 2:42; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:19-21; Hebrews 10:23-25.)

The Church


We believe that Jesus instituted two sacraments that are vital to the health of any church: The Lord’s Supper and Baptism. Baptism takes place in water in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. We are placed under the water to symbolize our death with Christ and raised again out of water to demonstrate the resurrection of Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a powerful and mysterious act in which we remember the death of Christ. This sacred meal binds the local body together in Christ as they eat of one bread and drink of one cup. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.)

The Sacraments


We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth, personally and visibly, to establish His kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved to endless joy, living and reigning with Christ, and the lost to endless punishment away from the benevolent presence of God. (Matthew 16:27; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:11-15.)

 

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