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What We Believe

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will

not be put to shame.”

‘Jesus Christ is our Cornerstone where we find our grace since ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures’


‘It is solely through Christ’s sacrifice, upon the cross, that we find peace and hope of eternal life with God.  It is by the Lord’s grace that we exist as a church, for He is the One who is the Head, the Great Shepherd, and source of all that we are.’

 

What We Believe

Bible / The Holy Scriptures

The 66 books of the Bible are the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is 1) Authoritative, so that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God, 2) Clear, in that it is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by all who will read it seeking God's help and being willing to follow it, 3) Necessary, for knowing the gospel, for maintaining spiritual life, and for knowing God's will, and 4) Sufficient, in that it contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation and for trusting and obeying him through daily life.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 8:31-32; Acts 20:32

Trinity
God eternally exists as three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God, and there is one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 49:16; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19

God the Father
God the Father is completely sovereign over all things, infallibly knows everything that will come to pass, mercifully concerns Himself with the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Christ in repentance and faith.

Psalm 115:3; 1 Peter 1:3; Isaiah 46:9-10; Luke 11:10-13; John 3:16; 1 John 1:9

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is eternally God, born of a virgin to redeem sinful man. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and was raised to life in accordance with the Scriptures, and is the only mediator between God and man.

John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20; Matthew 1:18; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, seals believers for the day of redemption, and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

John 14:16-17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:8-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

 

Condition of Man
God created man in His own image. He sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, sin by choice and are, therefore, under God's just condemnation.

Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12,19; Romans 3:10-12,23; Romans 3:10-12

Salvation
Salvation is the gift of God's grace given to all whom God has elected to salvation. It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the cause not the result of the believer's saving faith. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven, saved from the wrath of God, declared righteous before God and are born into the family of God. God's purpose for saving His elect is to display the glory of His grace in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12; John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; Titus 2:11-14; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:5-6; Ephesians 2:7; John 3:16-18

The Church
The universal church is comprised of all true believers and is the body of Christ. We believe it is God’s will that the universal Church find expression in local churches.  The primary purpose of the church is to be a sign and an agent of the Kingdom of God through preaching the Gospel. Additionally, the church exists to glorify God through worship, to encourage one another in fellowship, to disciple believers to grow in maturity and to serve by exercising spiritual gifts. The Body of believers within the church is devoted to teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer.

John 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 2:5; Acts 1:8; John 13:25; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:12; Acts 2:42

The Ordinances
The Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10

The Eternal State
At death, the souls of those who have trusted in Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in paradise until the resurrection of the body at Christ's coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then, shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire - not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.

Philippians 1:23; Revelation 22:3-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

The Last Things
Jesus will personally and visibly return to earth. We believe and teach the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the endless suffering of the wicked in Hell and the eternal joy of the righteous on the New Earth.

Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Revelation 20:1-15; Revelation 21:1-4