WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Bible – God Wrote the Book

The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind. The Bible is God’s Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

[Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39, 16:13-15, 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17]


The Trinity – Father, Son, Holy Spirit

There is only One True God revealed in and existing as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

[Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23, 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19; Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-5, 18; 1 John 5:7]  


The Father – Great AND Good

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. 

[Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16, 4:24, 5:26, 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4]


The Son – God Became Man

Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with Him. Christ lived a perfect life so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God's demands for perfection. He received the punishment for our sins when He died on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life. 

[Isaiah 7:14, 53; Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 16:16, 28:5-6; Luke 22:70, 24:46-47; John 1:1 & 14, 10:30, 11:25-27, 17:1-5; Acts 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 8:1-3, 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15, 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15, 12:2, 13:8; 1 John 4:14-15; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4;1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 4:14-15]


The Holy Spirit – God’s Constant Presence

His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. 

[Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11, 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35, 4:1, 11:13, 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17, John 14:16-17, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 2:4; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18]


Salvation – God’s Only Way

Every person can have restored fellowship with God through Salvation (trusting Christ through faith and repentance to be our personal Savior). The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. 

[Isaiah 1:18, 53:5-6, 55:7; Matthew 1:21, 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69, 2:28-32; John 1:12, 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 10:9-10; Acts 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31, 17:30-31; Romans 1:16-18, 3:10, 3:23-25, 5:1, 5:8-10, 5:12-19, 6, 10:9-10, 13, 6:23; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20, 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20; John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5]


Eternity – Everybody Lives Forever

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separate from God by sin, or exist 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 real places of eternal existence. 

[John 3:16, 3:36; Romans 3:20-23, 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15, 21:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]