What We Believe
We believe in one God, revealed co-equally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1;1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, the Son of God, truly God, truly Man, coequal with God. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself a living sacrifice for the sins of the world by dying on the cross. He was resurrected to demonstrate His power over sin and death, ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in the earth, and also in every Christ-follower. He helps to conform us to the example Jesus Christ set with guidance in doing what is right, understanding the truth, and the power to live rightly. (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for all Christ-followers, and because it is inspired by God, we believe that it is without error. We also believe that the church has no authority to establish a practice or doctrine contrary to the Bible. (2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe that people are made in the very image of God, to be like Him in our thoughts, beliefs and actions. Every person has the capacity and potential for good, but all of us “sin,” which literally means to miss the mark. Our sin separates us from God and is the cause of much of our difficulty. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God. (Matthew 19:4-6)
We believe that the gift of God is salvation, and to take part in it we must accept that gift. Our sin cannot be forgiven by good works or self-improvement. Forgiveness can only take place through our acceptance of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, and only by the acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice as atonement for sin can a person be saved. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:2, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, 10:9-10)
We believe there is life after physical death, and that we will be held accountable and judged by God; and that we will exist eternally with Him through our forgiveness and salvation, or will be separated from Him because of our sin. Heaven is an eternal joining with God, while Hell is to be eternally separated from Him. (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
Essential beliefs are the foundational principles that supply the very life and meaning to Christianity. These truths are not to be tampered with, altered, removed or compromised. They are the foundation our relationship with God depends on and what our spiritual lives are elevated by. These foundational essentials include and are not limited to belief in the deity of Christ, the gospel and the means of personal salvation. These, along with others are the very bedrock of a Christ-transformed life which we, along with the Kingdom of God worldwide, unite in for the purpose of embodying the legacy left by Jesus Christ on this earth.
Non-essential beliefs are important but can take different shape and are open to change within individual churches. By using the term “non-essential” we mean that even though different people and groups may interpret certain characteristics of the Kingdom of God in a different light, it does not mean that we ostracize them. We recognize, along with St. Augustine, that we must be unified in our essential beliefs, and allow for freedom with those that are non-essential. Non-essential beliefs may include such things as: music, worship service dynamics and methods of the individual. We understand that the principles of God are unchanging, but the methods of experiencing Him are not. So we must allow for freedom with beliefs that are truly of no consequence to our salvation.
“If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” I Corinthians 13:2
(Romans 14:1,4, 12, 22)