What We Believe

A Litany of What We Believe

We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and that He exists eternally in the persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, they are equal yet one.

We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God; and that He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. "The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation providing the Christian with power for living, with understanding of spiritual truth, and with 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.

We believe that the Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living; and, because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

We believe that all people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us. 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. God saves us and turns us from our self-ruled life to Jesus in faith. Eternal life begins the moment Jesus Christ enters into our life by faith.

We believe that God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ and therefore, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. We believe that if we have been genuinely saved, we cannot "lose" it because salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

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. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

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