What We Believe

Scripture
The Bible (Old and New Testaments) gives trustworthy accounts of historical occurences and was written in the words and literary style of individuals. It says everything God intended to say as God inspired men to write it, and He has provided ample evidence of its complete reliability--historical, scientific, and spiritual. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and conduct, and it is meant to be taken literally unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Creation
The physical universe, the realm of nature, is the creation of God. It affirms God's existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God's character and purpose. God declares that through His creation all humanity may come to recognize His power, His love, His justice, and His mercy, and thus the way to find eternal fellowship with Him. An honest study of nature--its physical, biological, and social aspects--can prove useful in a person's search for truth.

God
God is one, and apart from Him there is no God. He exists simultaneously and eternally as three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the author and initiator of love. Jesus Christ, the Son, is God in bodily form, a tangible expression of all that the Father is, and offers the only way to eternal fellowship with the Father. The Holy Spirit imparts truth, convicts of sin, and turns individuals to Christ. As a person repents of spiritual autonomy (sin) and submits to Christ, the Spirit irrevocably indwells that person and places him or her into Christ's Body, the Church.

Humans
Created in the image of God to fellowship with Him and give Him glory, Adam and Eve, the first humans, chose to go their own independent way. As a result, the fellowship was broken, the image distorted, and the sin nature passed on to all their progeny.

Redemption
God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from Himself. He sent His Son, born of a virgin, attested by miracles and by a sinless life, to bear the full penalty for all humanity's sin.

Resurrection
Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death, and all the powers of Satan. He now lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, repent, and turn their lives over to His authority.

The Church
All people who have personally made this transfer of authority belong to the Church. These people are neither perfect nor sinless, but their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit, expressing His love, joy, peace, and other Christ-like qualities.

The Second Coming
Jesus is coming back. We do not know the day nor the hour, but we do know the signs for which He told us to look. We also know the certainty of His promise to return and to judge all humanity. Those who have received His offer of life will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to eternal damnation in hell.

The Great Commission
Christ has commissioned His people, the Church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His word. Because it is impossible to obey Him without trusting Him, we seek to trust Him more and more so that, as a result, our obedience will increase and our lives bring forth much fruit to the honor of God.


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