The Bible - The Living Word of God
God speaks to us through His written Word, the Bible. The Bible is our measuring stick for all truth. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV). Though our interpretation of God’s Word is subject to error, the Bible remains inerrant in its original writing, and is our most clear and objective means of hearing the voice of God. (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)
There is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are equal and are one God. God created the world out of nothing and by His power He sustains all He has created (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 34:6-7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-3; John 10:30; Colossians 1:15-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:35) and became flesh and blood (John 1:1-16; 29-34) without ceasing to be God. He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles to confirm His divinity. He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice, paying the debt for our sins (Mark 10:45). On the third day after His death He arose from the dead showing His victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). He appeared to His disciples and then ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God serving as our mediator (Acts 1:11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15). He will return again someday soon to claim his Church (John 14:1-4; 1 Thess. 4:18-5:9; Revelation 19:11-16; 22:12).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He makes people aware of their need for Christ (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 6:11). He indwells and empowers the believer (1 John 4:13; Galatians 5:16-26). His presence in our life is a seal and guarantee that we are God’s children (2 Corinthians 1: 21-22). The Holy Spirit gives believers spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Romans 12:4-8) to be used to help others.
Men and women—humans—are made in the image of God to be like Him in character. Although every human has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by attitudes and actions of disobedience toward God, called “sin”. These attitudes and actions separate humans from God and cause many problems in life. Humans have a weakness to sin, a sin nature. However, humans are not separated from God because of the sin nature but because they give into it and sin. Therefore, humans are unable to save themselves apart from God’s grace (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3).
Salvation is a free gift of God by grace alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23; Acts 15:7-11). The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins through His blood (Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:22) All have sinned, but all can be saved (2 Pet. 3:9). This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Christ as Savior (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16).
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism is an outward demonstration of obedience to Christ by one who has trusted in Christ and is the first step in becoming Jesus’ disciple. A person trusting in Jesus, repenting of sin, and confessing their faith should be baptized by immersion as practiced in the New Testament (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly at our church symbolically as instructed by Christ and all believers who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior are encouraged to participate.