What We Believe

Core Beliefs

God is the creator and sustainer of the universe.

 

He is sovereign, eternal and exists equally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that God is a being of wonderful power, goodness, and love. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2;145:1-9, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14).

 

The world was created by God.


It belongs to Him. As his people we should cherish and care for it. (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 24:1-2, I Corinthians 10:26)

 

All human beings have dignity.

 

Because we are created in the image of God and having free will are valued by God beyond our comprehension. (Genesis 1:27, 31, Psalm 8:3-6, John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

 

Sin is the root of pain and suffering in the world.


We believe the pain and suffering of this life is because human beings have fallen and are sinful. Until we are restored by God’s grace we are estranged from God, each other and ourselves. (Genesis 3:17, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Titus 3:3)

 

Salvation is a gift of grace from God.

 

God does not intend for sin and suffering to have the last word. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can experience forgiveness and new life which begins the moment one personally receives Christ’s sacrifice by faith. (Isaiah 11:6-9; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 6:23; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:21-23, Revelation 21:1-5)

 

Jesus is the son of God.

 

He lived a sinless life and freely offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world on the cross. God has expressed himself uniquely in his Son Jesus, who lived, taught, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our master, teacher, savior and friend. Now he reigns forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:4:14,15; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 2:5-6; 6:14)

 

The Bible is God’s word to all people.


God has revealed the truth about humanity and Himself in the Old and New Testament, which are our unique and authoritative guides in faith and action. (Matthew 4:4, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Timothy 3:16-17).

 

The Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and the Son.


He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for new life in Jesus Christ and provides the Christian with the power to understand the truth, to change and do what is pleasing to God. (John 14:26, 16:7-13, Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1; Galatians 3:14, 5:25)  

 

The Church is meant to be a community through which God’s presence is manifest.


The Church is the community through which God brings love, healing, and growth to the human race.  He invites all who are willing to follow Jesus through worship, participation in baptism and communion, service and generous giving. (Matthew 18:18-20; John 1:12-13; Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 3:28; I Peter 2:9)

 

All people have a soul and will exist forever. 

 

Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. We live in hope because one day Jesus will return, when love and justice will prevail, and God will make all things right. (John 3:16; Matthew 24:30-31; Luke 12:40; Romans 6:23, 8:37-39; Revelation 20:15, 21:1-5).