The Core of Our Faith
We believe in the foundations of evangelical Christianity.
The Fall of Man
We believe in a literal Adam and Eve as the first human beings, created by and in the image of God. God had a magnificent reality for them, but He did not force it upon them, giving them instead a choice to follow and be with Him, or to go their own way. They chose their own way and so were separated from Him. We call those choices sin, and that separation death. Each of us reveals that we inherited their nature as we too choose to go our own way instead of His.
27 SSo God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
Romans 5:12, 19
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.
19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
The Plan of Redemption
Jesus is God, the One we turned from. To bring us back into relationship with Himself, He took upon Himself the consequences of our decisions; namely, separation and death when He died on the cross. But death could not hold Him, since the sin was not His own. When we accept that what He did was to pay the penalty for our sin, we are joined to Him and raised with Him in new life.
16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.
14 He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.
Salvation Through Grace
We believe that salvation is because of this loving act on God’s part, and is not due to anything we could ever do though our own efforts. “Being good” does not get you into heaven. Only Jesus’ sacrifice can do that.
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift —
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.
Repentance and Acceptance
To repent means to turn away from any decision and/or action that leads us away from God, so that we are turned fully to Him. When we know that Jesus is our only hope and salvation, we have accepted Him and He has accepted us. We call this being justified.
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The New Birth
When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us a new nature, one oriented to God. This very real change leads to new understanding, desires, interests, pursuits, etc. The Spirit then remains in us to help, lead and comfort us.
3 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
Daily Christian Life
As people grow in Him—something we call sanctification—we turn from value systems that are not from God to embrace the values that Jesus proclaimed. As we do this we increase in holiness, faith, power, prayer, love and service.
2 corinthians 7:1
1 Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.
Making disciples is the primary call on every Christian’s life. That means to bring others to Him—evangelism—and to raise them up to where they can bring and raise up others. This call is to our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and those we meet. It is also a call to get beyond our normal spheres to reach people around the world.
20 …let him know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.
15 Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”
Tithing and Offerings
We believe that tithing (giving 10 percent of earnings) and offerings (amounts determined by the individuals) are God’s instruments to carry on His ministry, spread the gospel, and release personal blessing.
10 Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the Lord of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.
1 corinthians 16:1,2
1 Now about the collection for the saints: You should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches. 2 On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come.
Christians should be well thought of, balanced, humble and self-sacrificing, reflecting Christ’s grace and character in all areas of their lives.
12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.
5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
It is essential for all believers to become their ordained part of the church body to which God has called them. We are called to worship together, observe the ordinances of the church, encourage and support one another, and work together to advance the Lord’s kingdom.
24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
We believe that civil government is established by divine appointment; civil laws should be upheld at all times except when they are in opposition to the Word of God.
1 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. 4 For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. 5 Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. 6 And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks. 7 Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We are to let it inform and instruct our lives. It is the revelation by which we properly understand life, morality, Godliness and everything else it speaks to. It is God’s heart and nature revealed.
2 timothy 3:16,17
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
The Eternal Godhead
We believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three parts of the Trinity are coexistent and coeternal, which means that they always have existed and always will exist together. They are co-equal in divine perfection, which means that no person of the Trinity is more powerful or more perfect than any other.
1 John 5:7
7 For there are three that testify:
We believe that people who have been born again should be baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His followers to be baptized. Baptism is a way of confirming for heaven, earth and ourselves that Christ is the Lord and King in each believer’s life.
4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new wayof life.
We take communion every week to proclaim our desire and thanksgiving that we are one with Him. The bread signifies His body that was broken to heal our broken lives. The cup signifies the life He poured out to make possible a new life for us.
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
4 …gave thanks, broke it, and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He also took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit empowers believers to fulfill His will. We call this, as did Jesus, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Just as it was prior to Jesus in Old Testament times, God empowers those He calls to do what He called them to do; in essence, God is doing what He wanted to do through them. In the New Testament era, every Christian has the Holy Spirit inside them bearing fruit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes about simply by us asking the Spirit to come upon us in a way that resides, so that we are filled to overflowing with what He wants to do through us. We then become the instruments through which the Spirit does what only He can do in touching and reaching others. This means the more we humble ourselves, the more He can work through us. In that same vein, God has given every person who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit the ability to speak to Him in unknown “tongues” — meaning simply that we can let the Holy Spirit speak through us according to God’s will, in a way that we do not immediately understand. But once again, the more we humble ourselves and “pray in the Spirit” (because we do not know what to pray for), the more He is able to pray through us according to His will. Typically, this causes us to come to understand more deeply His heart and mind, so that we can also pray with our understanding.
Acts 1: 5, 8
5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.
26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
1 Corinthians 14
God heals people who are sick. He does not change. He is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; 18 they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.
14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
The Second Coming of Christ
Jesus will come again. No one knows the exact time of His coming.
Matthew 24:36, 42, 44
36 Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son—except the Father only.
42 Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
44 This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
1 Thess. 4:16-17
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.
Everyone will stand before Christ and be separated into two camps: those who accepted Him in this life and those who did not.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them.
12 Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
2 Corinthians 5:10
16 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.
Heaven is real and is where those who accepted Jesus in this life will live eternally in His presence.
2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary.
The One seated on the throne will shelter[a] them:
16 They will no longer hunger;
they will no longer thirst;
the sun will no longer strike them,
nor will any heat.
17 For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne
will shepherd them;
He will guide them to springs of living waters,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Hell is real and is the place where those who did not accept Jesus will go. It is eternal separation from God in torment.
41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin[a] and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.