what we believe
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God. His divine essence is invisible, incorporeal and a personal Spirit. His divine nature is undivided and indivisible. There exists three eternal persons forming the one divine essence (Godhead), known respectively as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign, and much more. He created all things including the heavens and the earth, and all life. Genesis 1:1, 1:26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal, pre-existent Son of God. He became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception and virgin birth. He is fully God and fully man; perfect deity and humanity. He lived a sinless human life and then offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of everyone by dying on the cross. He was buried, and on the third day He arose bodily from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin. He later ascended bodily into heaven where, at the right hand of the Father, He now intercedes for those who believe in Him. We believe that He will return to earth visibly and personally to judge the wicked and gather His saints to eternal glory. He will reign on earth with His saints for one thousand years. Isaiah 9:6; 53:1-12; Matthew 1:22-23; Matthew 24; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Acts 1:8-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Timothy 6:14; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 19:1-21:27
About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit has a primary ministry in salvation as He convicts, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, fills, and seals the believer. The Holy Spirit teaches, guides, leads, assures and prays for the believer. He gifts the believer in order that the body of Christ may be edified and enhanced. He is the power of God in the believer and works in the believer to glorify Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit over time sanctifies the believer to become more and more like Jesus Christ. Although He does gift the believer, all gifts must be exercised in Godly love and for the building up of the church. John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 8:15-16; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:12-14, 13:1-8, 14:12; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1; 1 John 2:20, 2:27
About the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Scriptures in their entirety, down to the very words of the original writings, were given by divine inspiration. Inspiration was that work whereby God by his Spirit, through human writers utilizing their distinct personalities and literary styles, gave us His Word. Those sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament, have their place in the Bible on the basis of their inspiration and were recognized and submitted as inspired and canonical by the Church and stand as our final standard for faith and practice. The Bible is the final authority. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates us from God. All of humanity has a fallen, sinful nature because of Adam, and therefore cannot enter into eternal life with God in and of themselves. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:9-18, 3:23, 5:12, 5:17-19, 6:23.
We are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union 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 places of eternal existence. Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-12; Revelation 20:15
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. Our salvation is not based on doing good works to receive or keep it but by having trusting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from Hell. The salvation of all who believe on Christ was purchased by Christ when He gave up His life on the cross and took God’s just punishment for us. As a result, God has given full forgiveness of sins to those who believe on the Son of God. John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 3:21-26, 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 2:15-3:14, 3:26; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:8-9; Colosians 2:13-14; Titus 3:5; 1 John 2:12
If you have questions about where you will spend eternity, you can read more about how you can know where you will spend eternity.