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What We Believe...
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
In short, we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and that only through Him can you have a relationship with God. That not only did Jesus die so that you might be forgiven for your sins and have eternal life, but that He has a powerful and unique plan for your life on Earth and wants to be an active part of your life.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14-16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible is a holy book and that it is God’s Word to all mankind and that all 66 books of the Bible are divinely inspired and written by human authors. It is God's story, a story of salvation for all humanity. Not all books of the Bible are written in the same style, nor do they contain the same type of material. The books of the Bible were written by men as they were inspired by God over a period of about 1500 years. God prompted the writers to write the words of His divine story, yet He did not eliminate their individual personalities or styles in the writing. Therefore we have a variety of types of writing composing the Bible. We believe the Bible is the supreme authority for truth and life as God is revealed. We believe that through divine and human partnership, scripture is without error in all things necessary to salvation.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. 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 anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one recieves Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John14:6,1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT SANCTIFICATION / CHRISTIAN HOLINESS
We believe that when we accept the forgiveness of God and become a Christ Follower by placing our faith in Jesus, in that moment the church term is that we are "Initially Sanctified". To be sanctified or sanctification simply means "being made holy", or "being cleansed" or another way of looking at it is having our heart and mind and motives refined by God and being re-shaped to respond more and more like Jesus would. This cleansing begins a process of spiritual growth and maturity as we allow the Holy Spirit to progressively transform our lives ... making us more and more like Christ and less and less like our pre-Christ selves. During this process, at a time of God's choosing, we may experience what theological folks call "Entire Sanctification" which is a point or a moment where God's Spirit has removed all the selfish habits and attitudes from our lives and we are in a place spiritually where the Spirit can fully or "entirely" fill our spirit with Himself. This experience is both a point along the journey with Jesus and it is also a profound widening moment of living in the fullness of the Spirit of God. We believe that from this point we are certainly not "perfect" because we are still human, but we believe that we can have a perfect heart or attitude, but this does require consistent connection with the Spirit of God and a desire to continue to grow and continue to become more and more like Jesus. This process of "becoming" is a lifelong process that doesn't come to completion till we see Jesus face to face.
1 Thess 5:23-24, John 17:17-19, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:1-17, Romans 6:11-13, 1 John 1:7-9
We believe that people were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. We believe that both Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; I Corinthians 2:7-9
We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death till He comes again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate therein. Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; John 6:28-58; 1 Corinthians 10:14-21, 11:23-32
We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers, either by immersion, pouring or sprinkling, and this baptism is declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Baptism is the spiritual initiation into the Church of Jesus Christ. It is also a symbol of the new covenant and of the new life in Jesus Christ.