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Statement of Beliefs

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Our Statement of Beliefs:

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, error-free in the original manuscripts, through which God reveals to us his character, nature and design for mankind. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; Luke 24:27; Hebrews 4:12-13

 

God

There is but one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses the same nature, each functions differently. Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 44:6; John 1:1-5, 14; 14:9, 16, 23

 

The Father

God the Father orders all things according to his pleasure. He graciously involves himself in human affairs, answers prayer, and saves all who come to him through Christ. Genesis 1:1, 26-30; 12:1-3; Romans 5:8; 11:33-36; Ephesians 1:3-10

 

The Son

Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. He is fully God and fully man. His sinless life and his death satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin. We believe in His bodily resurrection, physical ascension, and visible return to earth to establish his earthly kingdom. Luke 1:26-38; 3:22; Matthew 26:63-64; John 1:14-18; 4:25-26; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 21:1-5

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit of God invades the life of Christ followers the moment they surrender their lives to him. The Spirit teaches us to love God, empowers us to follow Jesus and equips us to serve others. The Holy Spirit executes God’s will in the world. John 16:6-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:4-7; Ephesians 1:13-14

 

The Nature of Humanity

Humans were created in God’s image to enjoy and glorify him. As a race we fell into sin through disobedience and rebellion. All mankind is born with a sin nature and is spiritually dead (separated from God) and in need of reconciliation with him, which comes only through Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:27; 3:1-19; 6:5; Romans 3:9-20; 5:12; 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

 

Salvation

Christ’s death is the only sacrifice sufficient to atone for sin. All who trust Christ are reconciled with God and become his children. By trusting in Christ, God forgives us and by his grace declares us righteous. With the resurrection power God displayed in raising Jesus from the dead, he empowers us to leave our life of sin and to pursue godliness and righteousness. God has given us his Holy Spirit who lives within us, teaches us and strengthens us to follow Jesus. John 1:12; 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 2:11-4; 2 Peter 1:3-9

 

The Church

All who trust Christ as Savior belong to one universal church—the body of Christ. Followers of Jesus gather in visible, local churches to worship God and administer Christ’s grace to each other and the world. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:2-6; 5:23-27

 

Jesus Christ’s Return

Jesus Christ will personally return to earth to be united with his followers and execute judgment on the world. No one but the Father knows the time of Christ’s return, but it is certain. Meanwhile, we await his return expectantly and in a manner in which we will not be ashamed. Matthew 24:14-35; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Peter 3:3-18; Revelation 21:1-5; 22:7